Looking up Broadway from Bowling Green, New York

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In this view you are looking slightly northeast up famous Broadway in the City of New York. You are near the southern end of Manhattan Island in Bowling Green Park. The highest buildings in the world are directly up the street in front of you. On your left, up the street only a few blocks, are the Singer Building and the Woolworth Building. The latter is 913 feet tall, the highest building in the world. The center of the world's finance is on the right-hand side of the street, only a short distance up Broadway. This center is in Wall Street, directly in front of which, on the left-hand side of Broadway, is old trinity Church. Bowling Green is a park covering about 1/2 acre at the foot of Broadway. It has been public ground since the days of New Amsterdam. It was first a market-place, then a parade ground and later a general pleasure ground. It gets its name form the fact that on its green the early Dutch settlers used to play nine-pins. On the east side of the park, directly to your right in the view, but not in sight, is the Custom House built at a cost of about $7,000,000. Broadway is a part of the old post road that extended from the village of New York to Albany, 150 miles north. The street runs the entire length of Manhattan Island, then through the Bronx to the city limits at Yonkers. From 23rd Street to 59th Street it is spoken of as the "Great White Way." This is the theater, hotel, and shopping district, and is the best known part of the city. Land on lower Broadway is very valuable. It has been sold at as much as $576 per square foot, or at a rate of $1,500,000 per acre. Yet the whole island of Manhattan was bought from the Indians for $24. Keystone ID: 13773 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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