New York Harbor under a magical full moon

“New York Harbor by Moonlight” states the caption of this postcard, which probably dates to about 1900, when the harbor was all about industry and commerce.


The boats working the harbor are reminders of that—see the smokestack pumping out white smoke. But that moon sure casts a romantic, enchanting glow.

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2 Responses to “New York Harbor under a magical full moon”

  1. Bob_in_MA Says:

    I wonder if that might be a pleasure yacht and not a working boat?

    They were popular around the turn of the century. Here’s an image from a book in 1887:

    Thanks for all the work!

  2. Sara Says:

    Hi there, I just recently stumbled across your website. I really like your exploration of New York’s past. I have only been there once, but I could feel how alive the streets were with all of its accumulated history. I, too, think it’s important to make an effort to tip one’s hat to what existed before we did. Where did you find the pictures on your blog? I especially like the paintings in the previous posts.

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