Lower Manhattan at night, seen through an arch

What a view! We’re looking through one of the arches of the Municipal Building to a Manhattan night sky.


There’s the Woolworth Building, City Hall, City Hall Park, and the Art Deco beauty known as the Transportation Building “raising [its] head in the background,” the caption of this 1940s-era postcard notes.

Too bad the postcard doesn’t offer a glimpse of the enchanting tiles on the vaulted ceiling above the Municipal Building’s arches. They are Gustavino tiles, installed before the building opened in 1914.

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2 Responses to “Lower Manhattan at night, seen through an arch”

  1. Audrey Burtrum-Stanley Says:

    Tjis is a cleverly composed photo… Like to give the postcard person a pat-on-the-back for having such a gifted-eye, but I suppose a 1940s era shooter would be long retired or gone by now. However, the work lives on — and is still appreciated!

  2. TJ Says:

    Let’s visit this next time!

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