National Geographic : 1964 Jul
Caldron of cultures ROM almost every nation the im migrants came, seeking the oppor tunity symbolized by the Statue of Liberty. Isolated by barriers of lan guage and custom, the first waves of newcomers clung so closely together that whole sections of the city took on foreign airs: Little Italy; Chinatown; Yorkville with its Germans; a Span ish complex; even an Arab enclave. The checkerboard of polyglot peoples gave New York diversity and vital ity. Cries of Ein prosit, "Cheers," ring out in a Yorkville rathskeller (above). In the Bronx Zoo (upper left), a Negro child pets the ducks. Venerable Hasid ic Jew talks with friends outside a Brooklyn synagogue (center). Type setters prepare pages for a Chinese daily (left). Having thus welcomed the family of man, New York fittingly provided the first permanent home for the United Nations (opposite). The glass faced Secretariat reflects the rising sun onto the East River; behind soars the spike-topped Chrysler Building, second tallest in the world.