East 59th Street and Queensboro Bridge, Manhattan - 1936


Photo shows buildings and East River waterfront of Manhattan, looking west from Queensboro Bridge. Photograph dated December 8, 1936. Below, enlargement of some skyscrapers in the center, including Ritz Tower, Hotel Pierre, Sherry-Netherland Hotel and Savoy-Plaza Hotel. Source: Mitchel Field N.Y., Records of the Army Air Forces, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

After crossing Fifth Avenue, the 59th Street is called Central Park South, a three-block street that runs alongside Central Park. The Rockefeller Center, built in the 1930, in Midtown Manhattan, is to the left.

The Queensboro Bridge over East River and Roosevelt Island (then Welfare Island) opened to traffic in 1909, connecting East 59th Street in Manhattan to the borough of Queens. The island cannot be accessed directly from the bridge.


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East 59th Street and Queensboro Bridge, Manhattan - 1936


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