Taking a drive along The Narrows

Life is good in this circa-1930s postcard depicting The Narrows, the shipping lanes that mark the entrance to New York Harbor.

This must be Bensonhurst—or maybe Bay Ridge? One missing landmark: the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which won’t be built for another 30 or so years.


The Belt Parkway hugs the shoreline. The back of the postcard calls it “the most scenic motor road in all New York City.”

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12 Responses to “Taking a drive along The Narrows”

  1. Paula Says:

    Definitely Bay Ridge. Lovely!

  2. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Beautiful! At least it’s the New York Atlantic Ocean…

  3. Boris Suchkov Says:

    Definitely Bay Ridge. It still looks that way, except that the park between the highway and Shore Rd is in very poor shape, although parts of it have been fixed recently.

    I hate how the highway dominates this area. It is unnecessary to have three lanes in each direction here, because this small stretch without any entrances and exits actually begins and ends as two lanes- making it impossible to ever require three-lane capacity. Just another one of Robert Moses’s boondoggles.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks for the input! Would be great if that brown house was still there.

  5. oscar Says:

    here’s what it looks like today:


  6. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks. It sure looks prettier in the postcard.

  7. Chicken Underwear Says:

    That was drawn from Robert Mosses’ imagination

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  9. Dan Says:

    Actually here it is today, Shore Rd. at 86th St. That puts the bridge site behind the viewer:
    Aerial: http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=qs3xjq8twz0n&style=o&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&scene=2141965&encType=1

    Street view: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=brooklyn,+ny&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=47.569986,71.279297&ie=UTF8&ll=40.625716,-74.040674&spn=0.002801,0.004351&t=h&z=18&iwloc=A&layer=c&cbll=40.625697,-74.040494&panoid=UWzo4MyPlEhqbz0-nIL5lg&cbp=12,10.15,,0,-7.54

  10. wildnewyork Says:

    This is terrific, the house still stands. Thanks for your research!

  11. Ferinannnd Says:

    Интересная тема, Спасибо!

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