Thursday, July 7, 2011

Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza, 1900-1920

This photo from the Library of Congress is entitled "Washington St. from Fulton, Brooklyn, N.Y."

The photo was taken between 1900 - 1920 from the steps of Borough Hall (or Brooklyn's City Hall at the time), looking north.

Washington Street (on the right) is called Cadman Plaza East today (though it no longer goes as far south as Borough Hall). It is still called Washington Street further north in DUMBO.

Fulton Street (that's the Fulton Street El) used to cut in from the right and then run along what we now call Cadman Plaza West. Today it turns back into Fulton Street again as it heads towards Fulton ferry Landing.

The notes say:
"Viewed from City Hall; Phoenix Insurance Building at far left, Continental Insurance Company Building middle left, Beecher statue in foreground."

Detroit Publishing Co. no. 072145.

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