New York City Waterfront

The Water Features of the New York Harbor and Estuary System. Kevin Bone and Jose Figueroa, 1994.

The Water Features of the New York Harbor and Estuary System. Kevin Bone and Jose Figueroa, 1994.

This assortment of photographs and reproductions was drawn from the collections of many New York City municipal agencies (including the Department of Docks, the Municipal Archives, the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection) that appeared in the 1994 exhibition Essential City: New York Waterfront Survey. This project led to the 1997 publication The New York Waterfront: Evolution and Building Culture of the Port and Harbor.

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