View from Wall Street

Full-Screen-enlargeView of Brooklyn from the foot of Wall Street

This image has all the iconic elements that make it the quintessential mid-19th century view of Brooklyn before the bridge: the majestic Heights to the west sloping gracefully down to the ferry landing at Fulton street; the cluster of masted sails in Wallabout Bay at the Navy Yard; church steeples sprinkled throughout, and a busy East River thoroughfare of skips and sloops, schooners and a paddlewheel, all surrounding the centerpiece of life between the cities: the ubiquitous ferry boat.

The basic design of the ferry boats remained consistent for many decades, as this photograph from the turn of the century suggests.

fulton-ferry-circa-1900

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Image Details:

Ballou's Pictorial

Source

Period Tinting

Medium

1855

Date

Dumbo , The Heights

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