A nice sketch of Water Street from 1909. I worked down there on Washington Street for nearly five years from 2001-2005. The old buildings and factories still stand, along with patches of cobblestone streets. It’s still a bustling area filled with eateries and bric-a-brac specialty shops. It’s such a pleasant place to visit and stroll around. A ton of filming for NYC based shows and movies, along with fashion shoots go on at any given time.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park for the kiddies is a wonderful thoroughfare to walk through, picnic, lounge, and just gaze at the East River and the massive Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The drawing was labeled Washington Street, but it shows a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Full information about this image can be found at this link on the Library of Congress website.
Washington Street Today: I have a pic or 2 of my own but would have to dig them out and scan them. (Broken scanner! Ahhrr!!!) There’s been very little change to the area as of 2012. Water street is actually the next block over.