Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Enjoy these 2 Manhattan views from the Christodora House in 1929

Here is the view to the northwest from the roof of the Christodora House on Avenue B and East Ninth Street circa Feb. 5, 1929. (Click image to enlarge, of course)

[From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York]

And here's the view to the south toward the Woolworth Building...

[From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York]

And here is the stately building from the same day...

[From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York]

The great Samuel H. Gottscho took these photos... and they are via the Museum of the City of New York's website, where you can find many amazing archival photos. Where I'm buying a few things from their archives for holiday gifts.

Updated:

Dave on 7th thinks that the top two photos were taken later than 1929... Perhaps 1931. "That's an almost complete Empire State Building in the middle and it was completed in May of 1931 and the site was excavated in Jan of 1930 (per Wikipedia). So, I think their date is off by two years."

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is that huge drum-thing in the NW view?

GammaBlog said...

What is that enormous tank, could it be a water tower? Imagine the flood if that failed. Maybe it was illuminating gas storage? Any idea where it was located?

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

The tank is a storage tank for coal gas. The area where Stuy Town currently sits used to be called the Gashouse District and there were lots of such tanks in the area.

Dave on 7th said...

That is a natural gas storage tank and is the located in present day Stuy Town which was all Gas works.

Marty Wombacher said...

Great photos, thanks for posting them!

Shawn G. Chittle said...

1929. Year of the crash. Not a pleasant time.

michpils said...

These are great, thanks for sharing! My grandmother would have been 6 years old when this was taken, growing up on 7th between C & D. She still lives in the neighborhood, I can't wait to print and show these to her.

Roger said...

Most missing to the northeast is the Empire State Building,yet to be built, but was wondering where the Chrysler Building is, since it should have been completed by 1929?

Anonymous said...

It looks like Empire State Building and Chrysler Building were both in final stages of construction.

Anonymous said...

That's the newly completed NY Life Insurance building on the left, the ESB in the middle, and the Chrysler behind the tank. I juxtaposed a recent photo from almost this exact position from when I lived at CH to make sure. (I thought the Chrysler was too "close," but it's in the right spot.)

BTW, for all you Christodora obsessives, check this...http://issuu.com/samuel_glasser/docs/christodora_house/1#; before and after 1986 reno pics of the CH by Glasser and co.

john penley said...

Anyone who has access to these views now... PLEASE JUMP !!