Vintage Photograph Shows Battery Place in Lower Manhattan in 1875

Battery Place Looking West from Broadway 1875
Battery Place Looking West from Broadway 1875

This great vintage photograph from 1875 shows the view of Battery Place in Lower Manhattan, as seen looking west towards the Hudson River from Broadway. On the right of this photograph, out of view, is Bowling Green, and on the left, also out of view, would be Battery Park. Our friends at local historical site Stuff Nobody Cares About recently analyzed the photo.

The building to the extreme right is 1 Broadway, the Washington Hotel. The original building which stood on the northwest corner of Broadway was a house occupied by General Israel Putnam and used by General George Washington as his headquarters during the early days of the American Revolution. After the war’s completion it became the Washington Hotel.

Be sure to check out the full article for more analysis. Here is a Google Street View of what the same stretch of Battery Place looks like today.

Next, check out this aerial illustrated map of Manhattan created in the same year, 1875.

Broadway & Battery Pl

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