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Where & When: Game 37

Surprise! Time for more eye and mind candy from Where & When! Don’t ask me why I’m being so prolific of late, just enjoy it as it comes and I still have consistent moments to do it >;) So let’s jump back a few years:

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That’s quite a looker, isn’t it? This picture was taken the year the building was completed, and it’s can’t be too hard to find since it’s a building that was not torn down with the subsequent revitalization of lower Manhattan; in fact is there anything in this picture that has changed in the passing years? Tell us what the name of the building in the forefront is as well as the two prominent buildings in the rear. For a bonus, tell us what, if anything, has changed in this picture from then to now.

The prize? It’s still too cold for root beer, so you’ll have to settle for a large mug of minty hot cocoa, and the follow-ups will have a cup of ginger spice tea to keep our throats from getting sore from the cold.  The bonus will bring you a brownie >;)

Have at it guys; enjoy while I still have time to bring these extra games to you and as usual, no peeking at the photo credit.

[Photo Credit: wavz13]


1 RIYank   ~  Feb 12, 2014 10:44 am

Well, I guess I'll be the first to mention the Woolworth Building, in the background. (My favorite skyscraper.)
So, we know just where it is. I'll look into the rest in a while, thereby leaving the door wide open for the other players :-)

2 TheGreenMan   ~  Feb 12, 2014 10:49 am

That's the Verizon Building (Barclay-Vesey originally) upfront, completed in 1927. In the background is the Woolworth Building, but I don't know the name of the building next to it. Hmm...

One big difference that is plain to see is that Fulton Street used to end at the Hudson River with the Fall River Line dock. Wow. Everthing west of current-day West Street would be in the river back then.

3 TheGreenMan   ~  Feb 12, 2014 11:01 am

OK...looks like that's the Transportation Building next to the Woolworth. Also completed in 1927. Phew...back to work.

4 RIYank   ~  Feb 12, 2014 11:18 am

Green Man beat me to the main stuff.
I think the picture would look very different indeed today. Besides the new land there would be the new World Trade buildings and the Goldman Sachs monstrosity gleaming glass and steel.

The Fall River Line was a steam ship line between New York and Boston, except it didn't actually go to Boston (because sailing around Cape Cod would be so inefficient), it went to Fall River and then you took a train. Seems so strange now, that a steam ship from lower Manhattan to Fall River would be a better way to travel than by train!

5 rbj   ~  Feb 12, 2014 11:38 am

14 fall river line leads to the Fall River Line Pier. Fulton street pier, but I'm not finding much else. 1930s?

6 Ben   ~  Feb 12, 2014 11:47 am

Isn't that city hall between the Woolworth and verizon building?

And way over on the left, just peeking over the shoulder of the 14 on the Fall river Line building... is that the Metlife building way uptown?

7 Ben   ~  Feb 12, 2014 11:50 am

I meant met Life tower I guess, on madison square park. But it couldn't be.

that could be a super root beer bonus.

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