“Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan, New York City.” A view of Pier 15, currently known as South Street Seaport, at the lower right corner, ca. 1930s. (Centro Postcard Collection) “New York is a city of hustle and bustle. The noise is so intense that it leaves you numb. Anyone who has lived in this environment for a long time loses his conception of silence. The stream of pedestrians and vehicles is endless. Trolleys, buses, cars, buggies, trucks, trains, bicycles, motorcycles, planes, carts, firetrucks with their powerful motors and screeching sirens, the scream of youngsters and adults, the buzz of conversations in the anthill of the sidewalks, bursts of laughter, curses, announcements, a motor backfiring, wheels on tracks crushing the silence, the drill of propellers boring impetuously through space; noise; noise, NOISE: New York.” [p.153] Guillermo Cotto-Thorner, Tropic in Manhattan in Divided Arrival: Narratives of the Puerto Rican Migration 1920-1950. (1998) Ed. Juan Flores. 2nd Edition. New York: Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York City