Gazing at the Twin Towers from the Staten Island Ferry in the 1970s

It’s easy to understand why these ferry riders were so captivated by the Twin Towers, which were almost completely built at the edge of Lower Manhattan when they took this trip crossing New York Harbor. (No antenna yet on the roof of the North Tower; that would come in 1978.)

This photo, by Morris Huberland and part of the Morris Huberland Collection in the NYPL Digital Collection, must have been taken in the early 1970s.

It’s quiet and contemplative, reflecting the tone many New Yorkers will take on this week as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

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10 Responses to “Gazing at the Twin Towers from the Staten Island Ferry in the 1970s”

  1. Mykola Mick Dementiuk Says:

    I recall when I was a kid and riding my bike; I stopped and looked at the huge hole they were excavating which would eventually become the WTCenter. My how time goes by…

  2. countrypaul Says:

    RIP: Twin Towers, those lost that day, and what was left of actual American spirit. I wonder if the destruction of the WTC was less a signal event and more of a harbinger of this very bad century so far.

  3. VirginiaLB Says:

    RIP. It will never stop hurting. Thank you for your thoughtful photo and message.

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments during this very weighty week.

  5. Will Says:

    I still can’t watch video from 9/11. I just can’t it makes my heart ache.

  6. Edward Says:

    If I had a dime for every time I saw that gorgeous view of the WTC from the Staten Island Ferry…well, I’d have quite the jar of dimes. Since the south tower is yet to be complete, and judging by the clothes/hairstyles of the ferry riders, I’d say the pic is from 1973-74.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      That’s probably about right, 1973-1974. It’s still hard to comprehend the horror of that awful day 27 or so years after the photo was taken.

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