National Geographic : 1939 Apr
Photograph byFairchild Aerial Surveys BROOKLYN PIERS, REACHING UP THE EAST RIVER, CAN BERTH SEVERAL HUNDRED SHIPS Some 70 steamship lines serve this water front. Considered separately from the rest of Greater New York, Brooklyn isthebusiest shipping center intheUnited States. Accommodating some 700 ships at a time, the Borough's terminals also rent warehouse space to packers of cocoa,paper bags, paint, preserves, varnish, drugs, coffee, chemicals, lamps, wire, molasses, bedsprings, soda-fountain supplies, shoes, nails-in fact, so many things that inalong day's walk you hardly begin toseethem. In upper left are the towers of lower Manhattan, with Governors Island just offshore (page 427).