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« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2011, 12:08:21 AM »

And most of it used to be under water. It's reclaimed land previously in the Hudson river.

Various references list the source of the Battery Park City / WFC landfill as the material excavated from the World Trade Center construction, other construction projects, sand dredged from NY harbor off Staten Island, garbage, dirt, debris.  

Newly created Battery Park City / WFC site with West Side Highway and WTC in the background:

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Start of Battery Park City / WFC construction on the landfill:

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« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2011, 10:19:47 AM »

The "beach" at Battery Park City.

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« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2011, 10:36:15 AM »

Hi Sam,

Cool pic, I like Tampa's Beeches women all look the same though...LOL Cheesy


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« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2011, 01:52:09 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2011, 05:22:47 PM »

Merchant peddling his wares at the corner of Cortlandt and Washington.

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« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2011, 10:27:59 AM »

Anyone remember Arrow ?

Interior of Arrow Electronics at 82 Cortlandt Street:



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« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2011, 10:30:10 AM »

Hi Sam

You find good Pics man  Smiley

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« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2011, 11:10:01 AM »

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Anyone remember Arrow?

Of course, it was a regular place to visit for good prices on bit pieces new stuff. I followed them to Mineola and then they grew huge as a major catalog distributor and are still at it.
I still have Ameco VHF converters I got at the used equipment counter on LI.
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« Reply #33 on: September 19, 2011, 03:21:41 PM »

Standing in front of Morel's at 185 Washington listening for news on the JFK assassination.


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« Reply #34 on: September 20, 2011, 10:16:42 AM »

I was standing on the 3rd floor fire escape having a cigarette (finally quit for good in 85) at the Malden National plant on break when the announcement was made.

Emotions varied from crying to cheering.
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« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2011, 03:04:20 PM »

Radio Row leveled, WTC excavation starts.

Looking north with the West Side highway on the left.

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« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2011, 10:45:20 PM »

Great thread Sam.  Enjoy seeing the pics.  Hope more turn up.  I can remember being in some of the shops back in the mid 60's.  Tons of stuff.  Figured one could always come back anytime and pick up some goodies.   Who knew that in a few short years it would all be gone.

The irony is that in just a short 30 years the WTC would be gone.  Strange
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« Reply #37 on: September 21, 2011, 10:10:17 AM »

Radio Row area in the 60's as viewed from the Hudson River.   Its the group of low-rise buildings in the middle of the pic with the West Side highway cutting in front of it.

Also of note is the Singer building, the domed skyscraper to the right of center.  It was the tallest building in the world for about a year after its completion in 1908.  It was demolished in 1967.

To the left of center is the Woolworth building. Tallest bulding in the world from 1913 to 1930.  Its still there.


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« Reply #38 on: September 21, 2011, 10:45:18 AM »

IIRC, wasn't NYC refered to as "Radio City" in the past.

Kool pics and histories! ! ! But very sad as another big chunk of history dissapears into the memories of those who were there.

How many of us now would cut off the left one to be able to go shopping in those stores! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !     



 
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« Reply #39 on: September 21, 2011, 11:03:02 AM »

Nope, youre thinking of the Radio City Music Hall which refers to RCA being the buildings original tenant.

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« Reply #40 on: September 21, 2011, 12:12:29 PM »

Nope, youre thinking of the Radio City Music Hall which refers to RCA being the buildings original tenant.

All well and good, but how did it get the "Radio City" name.  Huh
Or was that just something that Sarnoff dreamed up??
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« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2011, 02:10:23 PM »

Nope, youre thinking of the Radio City Music Hall which refers to RCA being the buildings original tenant.

All well and good, but how did it get the "Radio City" name.  Huh
Or was that just something that Sarnoff dreamed up??

Easy to find, go here: http://www.radiocity.com/about/history.html
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« Reply #42 on: September 22, 2011, 09:14:56 AM »

I cant even begin to list the number of times Ive been there from the late 40's with my parents to the 70's with friends (male and female), and both wives Roll Eyes

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« Reply #43 on: September 22, 2011, 09:51:55 AM »

Another shot of Radio Row from the Hudson river.

The Radio Row / WTC area is on the extreme left.  Cortlandt Street is the first street on the left.

A nice view of the ferry, railroad and other piers that were replaced by Battery Park City.



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« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2017, 09:46:55 PM »


http://www.radiodiaries.org/radio-row/

A couple more great links on that page including a podcast with interviews and a 1929 Fox Movietone film of Cortlandt Street! :

https://vimeo.com/109197452
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« Reply #45 on: January 15, 2017, 10:14:14 PM »

Sam,  thanks for posting the video.  Really cool seeing all the radio stores.  Interestingly the business that I bought back in 1969 originally started in NYC in 1921.  It was called Village Radio.  Let me know if you even find any info about it or maybe any pictures.

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« Reply #46 on: January 15, 2017, 10:39:38 PM »

Great stuff.  Remember going to G&G Radio down there around 1968.  In 1971, I had a summer job working for Raway Bearing, when they were relocating from down on or near Radio Row to Monsey, NY.  Boy did they have a lot of stuff, from tiny precision bearings that they kept in a safe, to crates and crates of B-29 landing gear wheel bearings.  I was always on the receiving end of stuff coming up from the city.  Usually it came by truck, but I remember on at least one afternoon, one of the owners pulled up in his 65 TBird loaded out with bearings to the point that the rear bumper was almost dragging on the road, a la Timmy heading home from Hosstraders in the Pinto Valdeez.
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« Reply #47 on: January 16, 2017, 07:05:48 AM »

My only memory of Radio Row was a great disappointment in the late '60s. I grew up around radio. My dad started out as a hobbyist as a kid, went on to be a Signal Corps radioman in WW2 and then had a career with Allen B. Dumont Labs. Dad grew up in Hoboken and used to frequent Radio Row before and after the war. He decided to take me there just before I got my ham ticket. After hearing about what a wonderland the place was, you can imagine my disappointment on that Saturday morning when we drove to Cortlandt Street only to find a huge crater where Radio Row was!
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« Reply #48 on: January 16, 2017, 01:57:08 PM »

Several friends and myself  took our General test at the Federal Building on Washington St., which was adjacent to Radio Row. We spent the rest of the day wandering the Radio Row stores. Sidewalks in front of some of the stores was stacked with surplus stuff. Came home with a bunch of stuff.  There was also a smaller collection of radio surplus-type stores that appeared on Canal St., which was North of Radio Row. By the late 60's/early 70's, most of them were gone too. Obviously, if you built a lot of stuff, which a lot of amateurs did back in the day, these places were a great place to go to find the stuff you needed.
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« Reply #49 on: January 17, 2017, 10:45:17 PM »

First time in NYC. My dad had a meeting in NYC in 1973 and we drove down and I was probably 16 because he let me drive down 89. Anyway he let me loose in Manhattan (pretty stupid actually on his part) and I found what was left of Radio Row reduced to just a couple of shops with some surplus leftovers like radio control panels from avionics sets and some electronics. Later that afternoon we met up and he asked me if I wanted to go up the Empire State Building. I said nope I want to go up the world trade, so we flew up Tower A on the fastest elevator I have ever been on. Then right in the middle of Times Square we saw Midway the movie in SENSURROUND!


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