Posts Tagged ‘St. Anthony of Padua church’

A busy corner in Greenpoint

July 6, 2008

This undated photo, with streetcars and automobiles shuttling along slender Manhattan Avenue, looks to be from the 1910s. The spire of St. Anthony’s church is easily recognizable, as is the curve in the road on the left. Was Greenpoint the dental capital of Brooklyn? I’ve counted three dentist offices in the photo.

Today the street looks similar, though without the telephone polls, streetcars, American flags, and hustle and bustle of bodies on the sidewalk. St. Anthony’s is still the tallest structure in the neighborhood, but if you enlarge the current photo, you’ll see a Manhattan skyscraper looming from across the river.