The FDR Drive is not only one of the fastest ways to avoid gridlock and travel between uptown and downtown in NYC, but it’s also a beautiful scenic drive along the East side of Manhattan. We love taking the Drive in the morning, as the rising sun sparkles on the river and reflects off the buildings.
Construction of the East River Drive (later renamed the FDR Drive) began in 1934:
This is a great shot of the construction in 1939:
Here’s the same view (looking South from Queensborough Bridge) in 1940:
And the view in 1941:
One of our favorite sights along the Drive is the Empire State Building. Here’s the view in 1941:
And the view 70 years later in 2011:
Lastly, a beautiful early morning shot of the Drive:
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