Lower Manhattan on an enchanting night

“Looking east from the Woolworth Tower at Night” states the back of this penny postcard.

“The Municipal building looms up large in the foreground, while the rest of the city looks insignificant when seen from this height, and one can only see myriads of lights, throwing their reflection on the water.”

Hmm, so why does the postcard depict the Brooklyn Bridge as abruptly stopping, with no way to get on or off, at City Hall park?

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7 Responses to “Lower Manhattan on an enchanting night”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    After doing all those lights in buildings his eyes were obviously bug-eyed haha!

  2. Nowooski Says:

    Because it was a trolley bridge originally, and the station was elevated above park ave.

  3. Christopher Says:

    The configuration has changed. That big box you see there was for getting on and off Brooklyn based carriage and transit lines. There were only 2 lanes of traffic the other five lanes were for street cars, subway, and pedestrians. Cars exited earlier.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Understood, thank you!

  5. Steve Says:

    Interesting post card – a New York version of El Greco’s famous “View of Toledo”.

  6. petey Says:

    i see Moses King’s name. i own a reprint of his Handbook of New York City (http://books.google.com/books?id=cKkUAAAAYAAJ), a wealth of information, written in real chamber-of-commerce style where every institution gets a positive word.

    • wildnewyork Says:

      I have the Moses King book too. It’s exhaustive! I should take a look at it again for some inspiration.

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