Besides depicting the strategic advantage of controlling manhattan in colonial days— the island sits at the entrance to a waterway flowing the whole way to the great lakes— this photo also captures Robert j. Wagner park.
Robert j. Wagner park is the most difficult 100 square yards to find in manhattan. It is not shown on the google map. If you look on the parks department map, your average non-cartographer remains completely at a loss. When the Swedish midsummer celebration is held here every year, half the swedes wind up wandering around south ferry looking dumbfounded.
Robert j. Wagner park is located to the left (west) of battery park, which is the big green bushy bottom of the island in this picture. It’s on the other side of the aqua greenish blue pier jutting out. Robert j. Wagner park is bordered by a short rectangular stone wall that you can see in this photo. There are two brick buildings on the back edge of the rectangle you can also make out. One of them is an Italian restaurant located at 20 Battery Park place, the other is a bathroom.
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New York City Subway, etc, 1934
I’m in way over my head on this subject, but I thought those who have an interest in the system might enjoy this bit of history.
As one would expect … with a geography this complex, and politics, and changes to technology … a book would be needed to cover the development of this system adequately.
This map handily locates some famous landmarks for people like me.
from: Under the Sidewalks of New York - the story of the world’s greatest subway system; Brian J Cudahy; 1979, 1989; Pelham Books.