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LOWENSTROM'S PANORAMA-1850 NORTH SIDE
Courtesy of the New York Public Library.
In the first frame, we move east (left to right) along Wall Street viewing the buildings on the north side of the street. The first block presents a variety of commercial enterprises: T.Jones Jr.'s store for fruits, liquors, wines, and segars (sic), a variety of auctioneers and express services, with Sibell & Mott's Stationary and printing ending the block on the corner of Wall and Nassau. Moving along we come to the Custom House, now known as Federal Hall which stands beside the Bank of New York. The fašade of this building now stands in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The rest of the block is occupied almost exclusively by banks. The next block (3rd row from bottom) is dedicated almost entirely to insurance companies with the exception of the Bank of New York, the first banking building on Wall Street. As we approach the East River, the Tontine Coffee house comes into view on the corner of Wall and Water. A variety of industries were represented on this last block. A cotton broker, chronometer, bookbinder, and tobacconist among others occupied these addresses.