Historic Trinity Church on Lower Broadway at the Foot of Wall Street. Behind Loom the Towers of One of Manhattan's Newest Giants, the World Trade Center 05/1973

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Where: 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA

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When: 01 January 1973

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Original Caption: Historic Trinity Church on Lower Broadway at the Foot of Wall Street. Behind Loom the Towers of One of Manhattan's Newest Giants, the World Trade Center 05/1973

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-7433

Photographer: Blanche, Wil

New York (New York state, United States) inhabited place
Environmental Protection Agency

Persistent URL: catalog.archives.gov/id/549918

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

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Owner: The U.S. National Archives
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    Shawn Hoke

    • 19/Mar/2010 14:31:28

    My how things have changed. I pass by here everyday, but will now remember this photo as I do.

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    • 11/Sep/2010 17:09:55

    This is actually Historic St. Paul's Chapel at the foot of Park Row.

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    easy snail

    • 11/Sep/2010 18:15:49

    Very ghostly.

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    • 11/Sep/2010 19:01:17

    The towers look like ghosts. Someone should take a current picture of this scene for comparison.

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    Bill Maksim Photography

    • 11/Sep/2010 20:55:00


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    • 12/Sep/2010 05:44:50

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    The U.S. National Archives

    • 13/Sep/2010 18:32:22

    To chriszarate: Thanks for your comment! Yes, indeed. This is the famous St. Paul's Chapel at the corner of Park Row and Broadway, near Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. The Trinity Church reference comes from the original caption given by photographer Wil Blanche in 1973. We will make note of the misidentification. Jerry (U.S. National Archives)

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    • 14/Sep/2010 02:26:51

    For Lizzie~Belle ... OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I will not be entering this quick snap (taken in whatever light was available at 8.45 this morning) into any competitions! It does, however, approximate to the view above (taken from Park Row). The original was probably taken from further back with a longer lens. Scaffolding and parked cars prohibited my replicating this today. Although there are many pedestrians, (Broadway crosses Park Row at the traffic lights and hundreds of NJ/NY commuters cross this junction each day) traffic-wise, the roads appear much quieter than they are most of the time in reality - I suspect the same may be true of the original (does anyone remember that far back)? Most obviously, the towers are missing and the trees in St. Paul's Chapel churchyard have grown significantly. The 'new' black building behind the church is the Millennium Hilton Hotel, (a survivor of 9/11 with only slight damage). In the far distance, and now around 30 floors high, is the steelwork and core of WTC Tower #1 construction - still referred to by most as the 'Freedom Tower'. The footprint of the new tower #1 is located a few yards to the Northwest of where the former North Tower stood and is significantly larger than the originals.

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    • 27/Aug/2011 19:50:26

    Here's one that I found is the same view on the day of the catastrophe. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6086196357/in/photostream]

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    On Being

    • 06/Feb/2017 18:09:18

    What a stunning image! I used this image on the website OnBeing.org, a national public radio program and media project. It's generous people like you who make their work available on Flickr that adds a depth and a splendor to the work we do. Your image was chosen as the lead photo for this podcast: onbeing.org/programs/hendrik-hertzberg-pankaj-mishra-and-...

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    • 01/Apr/2017 14:24:33

    Actually that's St Paul's Chapel, where George Washington prayed! Trinity is a few blocks further downtown, on Broadway! The photo was taken from Park Row, looking Southwest.