Memory Monday, Week 54


New York, 1957 — From Niagara Falls and Buffalo to the island of Manhattan and the top of the Empire State Building, with amazing views of the East River, Roosevelt Island, the Queensborough Bridge, and the Chrysler Building — I’m only sorry there aren’t more images to share from this road trip (or if there are I haven’t run across them yet). But I’m definitely learning a few things as I dig for information about those pictures I do have.


Hotel Statler and McKinley monument, Buffalo

The Hotel Statler opened in Buffalo back in 1923. This building is actually the third incarnation of a Statler hotel in Buffalo; the original dated to 1901 and opened expressly to serve the crowds anticipated to attend the Pan-American Exposition. US President William McKinley’s assassination put a damper on the grand event, but E.M. Statler did well enough that he went on to build a number of hotels across the northeastern United States. The 1923 structure is still standing, as is the William McKinley monument erected in 1907.


Niagara Falls Carillion Bell Tower in the background

I haven’t come across any images of Niagara Falls, but the 1920s-era Hotel Sheraton-Brock (originally the Hotel General Brock) provided some wonderful views of the falls. The hotel changed names several times — most recently it was the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls — but according to Google is now “closed permanently.”


Heading into Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge

The only buildings I’m sure about in these next images are the Empire State Building (on the left, above) and the Chrysler Building, the spire of which you can just see in the center above, peeking out from behind another building.

Though I’ve never been to the Big Apple, I’m sure that New York City has changed a lot since these photos were shot; it’s great to be able to pick out the enduring features and to see the city as it appeared 60 years ago.


A view of the East River


Chrysler Building on the left, with Queensborough Bridge and Roosevelt Island


Lower Manhattan in the 1950s

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