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[Updated 2007.04.14 22:40 EDT: Mystery building identified!]
1911 Lithograph of the New York Dock Company holdings on the Brooklyn Waterfront
This is one of the items we found in the basement of our house after we bought it. I'm calling it a "lithograph" just because I don't know what else to call it. It's in poor condition, as you can see from the closeups. I wanted to photograph it and share it in case others know more about what this is. Here's a contemporary view from roughly the same perspective using Google Earth.
It provides an interesting snapshot of the working Brooklyn waterfront owned and operated by the New York Dock Company early in the 20th Century. It ranged from East Red Hook, Atlantic Basin and Columbia Waterfront, North to Brooklyn Heights and Fulton Ferry.
Mystery: I don't recognize the tallest tower here. My first thought was that it was the Woolworth Building. However, the details and colors of this tower are nothing like the Woolworth.
Update: Josh Jackson of Built Environment Blog identified it as the Singer Building, which was the tallest building in the world for a few years, from 1906 to 1908. It looks like it was a magnificent building. It was demolished in 1968 for One Liberty Plaza.
The Woolworth Building opened in 1913 and was the tallest building in the world until 1930. If this view was of that time, it should be visible here. It's not, so that places this image before 1913, consistent with the copyright notice of 1911 in the applied label at the lower right.
The label reads:
Bird's Eye ViewSome details of the waterfront from South to North.
of Property of
New York Dock Company
"“The Premier Warehouses and Terminal”"
New York, U.S.A.
Copyright 1911, by
New York Dock Company
East Red Hook
Columbia Waterfront to Brooklyn Heights
There are some nice details of New York harbor as well.
Statue of Liberty. You can really see the condition problems here.