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Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Historic Corner, on West Street

West Street sm
Photo by myself around West and Vestry Streets, on the West Side.

You can just imagine this scene in older times, when the streets were paved with cobblestone, and New York was a thriving port city.

West Street is part of the West Side Highway, which runs along the western edge of Manhattan. If you're driving on this road, pay attention. The exits come fast and furious. Before you know it, you've whipped around the island and you're on the East Side.

The above warehouse building was probably renovated into very nice apartments. The original shutters are made of iron.

This building has a moat around it, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps after it was built, the level of the ground around it was raised? Many areas of Lower Manhattan, such as Battery Park City, was added as landfill in the 1980s.

Related posts: Duane Street, Tribeca, Details, Details and Going Postal in Midtown.

11 comments:

Olivier said...

beau batiment en brique

Bibi said...

I've just finished watching a marathon of '24', season 8....which takes place in NYC...I enjoyed seeing a couple of streets and buildings like this.

lewi14 said...

What a great shot. Wonderful.

Lucka said...

Gorgeous shot!I like that building.

Washington said...

It looks like pure history!

Sciarada said...

Hi Kitty, beautiful buildings and interesting explanation.

Lou said...

I love pictures like this. I can totally imagine what it used to look like. Mind you, i'd be interested to see this in colour too, as comparison. :)

Ken Mac said...

tribeca?

emma said...

this reminds me of gangs of new york. I loved that movie.

Lily Hydrangea said...

how cool is that moat?
did you hear they found a boat at Ground Zero recently? Last I heard there was speculation that it may have been used as landfill.

ruma2008 said...

The scene is really beautiful.

Your photography is splendid!!

Thank you for showing a wonderful moment...

From the Far East.
Greetings.
ruma