“Queensboro Bridge looking to Manhattan. Queens consists of 19th century wood frame houses, stands of trees, empty fields, a few ponds and streets that just end. New York. May 1912.
“Before the real estate boom years of the 1920s, parts of Queens were still rural or semi-rural, even this close to Manhattan. It’s amazing to see how empty all this land was just 100 years ago.
“Large gas storage tanks and smokestacks protrude from the Midtown Manhattan skyline.”
(Source: blaaargh, via room-of-flint)