This is so cool. Flickr user wavz13 has uploaded some scans of images showing the former elevated West Side Highway in its abandoned state in the mid ’70s. For those who don’t know, the West Side Highway was once a rarely used roadway that served portions of Lower Manhattan (before Battery Park City was around). It fell into disrepair and in 1973 it collapsed under the weight of a dump truck passing over it. It was left abandoned completely until about 1985 when construction on today’s West Side Highway began.

More photos inside.

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