Vintage Aerial Photograph Shows Battery Park and Lower Manhattan in 1968

Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, 1968
Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, 1968
Photo: VMS

This great vintage aerial photograph from 1968 shows the Lower Manhattan waterfront, skyline, and Battery Park pre-World Trade Center. because the excavation of the Twin Towers led to the creation of Battery Park City, that landfilled neighborhood is also missing in the photograph, allowing us to see what the waterfront used to look like along the mouth of the Hudson River.

Aerial view looking northeast of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District in full urban renewal process with many new skyscrapers under construction, in early Autumn, 1968. The steel skeleton,under construction, of the new 1 New York Plaza (William Lescaze Associates-Kahn & Jacobs, 1968) rises up at right, next Staten Island ferry terminal.

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