This great vintage photograph shows the Lower Manhattan skyline as seen from across New York Harbor on Governors Island, around 1938.
View looking north of Lower Manhattan’s Fiancial District skyline from Governor’s Island. Circa, 1938. Photo: U.S. Information Agency (France). Source: Freimarck, George. “U.S.A.” (París, Neuchatel, Editions Ides Et Calendes, No Date.
Here is a Google StreetView of how that same view looks today from approximately the same location:
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