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32 Photos Of New York City In 1973

40 years ago the newly constructed World Trade Center loomed large over Lower Manhattan.

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Traffic lined up on Canal St. outside the Holland Tunnel.

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Cars at the entrance to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

Completed in 1950, it is the longest underwater vehicular tunnel in North America.

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Freight Handlers moving a stack of women’s pasties (?) outside a warehouse on Reade St.

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The historic St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway and Wall Street. Behind loom the towers of the recently completed World Trade Center.

The church was completed in 1766.

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Shoppers on Chambers St. near Church St.

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A couple enjoy a moment outside Trinity Church.

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A teacher guides her students through a tour of Morton Street Pier on the Hudson River.

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Sunbathers on Morton Street Pier.

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The then newly constructed World Trade Center.

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The towers of the World Trade Center reached a height of 1,350 Feet.

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The top of the World Trade Center still under construction (photo taken from Broadway).

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The towers opened on April 4, 1973.

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Towers seen from West St.

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Construction underway at a Battery Park development, across from the World Trade Center.

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The Circle Line tour boat picking up sightseers at Battery Park.

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Lunch hour power nap in Battery Park.

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A preacher draws a lunchtime crowd in Battery Park.

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Kids playing baseball in Battery Park.

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People enjoying the view of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park.

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Designated motorcycle parking (near Battery Park) for downtown office workers.

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Commuters board a Staten Island bound bus in the Financial District.

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Commuters heading home during at rush hour at the docks of the Staten Island Ferries in Battery Park.

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Flower seller at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

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Commuters approaching the entrance to the terminal of the Staten Island Ferry.

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Commuters arriving at Whitehall Terminal (used by the Staten Island Ferry).

At the time, fare cost just a nickel each way.

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End of day relaxation on the Staten Island Ferry.

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World Trade Center and the lower Hudson River seen from the Staten Island Ferry.

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Looking back toward the skyline of Lower Manhattan.

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