YOUNG AMERICA: NEW YORK IN THE 1890s
18" x 24" Original Oil Painting
The painting presents old New York from a viewpoint above the Hudson River, across from the current World Trade Center. The painting is based on exhaustive research into the history of New York, its waterfront, its architecture and its growth.
The towers of the newly completed Brooklyn Bridge are seen in the distance, on the other side of Manhattan island. The bridge was the tallest structure in New York. At the far left of the painting is the steeple of St Paul’s Church (still existing, on Broadway.) The spire of Trinity church, at right, was about 27 stories high, dominating the pre-elevator city. It was a landmark for mariners entering New York harbor. It is still existing, on Broadway at Wall Street, but can be difficult to see among the much taller current buildings.
On the river, a couple of schooners carry cargo down the river, while a small sidewheel steamboat is on an excursion up the Hudson with vacationers. At left is a monitor-style U.S. Navy ironclad, nearing the end of its useful life, as its design is becoming obsolete.