Seaport: New York's Vanished Waterfront

Seaport: New York's Vanished Waterfront

by Phillip Lopate


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Seaport: New York's Vanished Waterfront by Phillip Lopate

A stunning collection of photographs capturing the pinnacle of maritime Manhattan.By the end of the nineteenth century, the Port of New York was the center of a huge maritime enterprise. Through this hub passed vessels and cargoes of every description, heading to or arriving from anywhere and everywhere around the globe. For much of the first half of the twentieth century, it was here that America's commerce with Europe and Central and South America converged. In this busiest port in the world, seasoned sailors and fishermen, international traders, muscled longshoremen, barge brats, and yachters shaped and shared New York's waterfront world. By 1960 maritime New York had greatly diminished, eclipsed by more efficient operations elsewhere. Fortunately, a small cadre of commercial photographers documented the dynamic social, economic, and political forces in the heyday of the wharves, waterways, and waterfront markets, capturing for the ages the gritty and sometimes glamorous life of the docks and their environs. 137 duotones.

Author Biography: Edwin Levick (1869-1929) worked as a commercial photographer in New York for forty years. Phillip Lopate, the author of three critically acclaimed essay collections, two novels, and numerous other works, is Adams Chair and professor of English at Hofstra University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588341631
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 03/19/2004
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 10.28(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

The Port of New York in Its Heyday1
Photographs from the Edwin Levick Collection38
Notes on the Photographs175

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