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CITY OF OPPORTUNITY 

VOICE OF LOWELL THOMAS 

Hi the re, .. 

This is Lowell Thomas 

Welcome aboard - 1 

Just step ~ight in - be 

seated -

that's right, come in -

make yourself comfortable -

just step aboard, sit back 

and relax -

and now, 

Let's get ready ~or take-off 
For a flight into the past 

and present, 

of the greatest city 

on earth - ! 

For it really is. 

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Let's sail with the early explorers -



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Sail into the harbor 

with Verrazano, 

the place marked by that .bridge, 

world's longest suspension span, 

connecting Staten Island 

with Brooklyn -

Here on your right, 

where Coney Island is today, · 

Lady Deborah Moody, 

in search of religious freedom, 

settled in 1645 .-

Coney Island, not Lady Deborah -

Taken by the British in 1??6, 

it later: became a resort 

popular with Diamond Jim Brady 

and Lillian Russell -

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This is Staten Island, 

named by Henry Hudson, 

later known 

as the borough of Richmond -

Third largest, most rural, 

and least developed -

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Against a deadline set 

by the Duke of York, 

Capt. Christopher Billopp 

raced his sailing ship 

around this island 

in less than one day, 
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and thereby won Staten Island 

for the State of New York -

Staten Isl~nd -

where Jenny Lind, Adelina Patti 

and the great Italian Emancipator 

GUISEPPE GARIBALDI, 

each made his home -

Where you can find 

the oldest elementary school building 

in America -

Where you can climb 

to the highest point 

on the Atlantic Coast 

from Maine to Florida: 

Todt Hill -

and here, 

just be low you, 

the Goethals Bridge to Jersey -

once the world's 

longest suspension -

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From its growing industrial area, 

manufactured goods 

move by ship 

along miles of docks 

or by truc·k 

across the Bayonne Bridge, 

the longest arch in the world -

Now glance across the Harbor: 

the borough of homes and churches -

of more than 2~ million people -
That's Brooklyn -

Everyone has lived here, 

from Henry Ward Beecher 

to Mae West, 

from Walt Whitman 

to Arthur Miller and to Eamon de Valera -

From its terminals and waterfront, . 

1/4- of all New York's goods 

are shipped -

Recognize the lady below - ? 

Oh, yes -

She's France's gift to the U. s. A. -
Miss Liberty -

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Gateway to America -

to opportunity -

to New York - I 

From Indi~n trading post 

300 years ago, 

to financial capital 

of the world! 

In 1874 -

A Young nation's first capitol, 

As George Washington is 

inaugurated -

And an Indian trail, 

Broadway, 

carried the City north -

past the 102 floors 

of the Empire State Building, 

world's tallest -

past more than 100 skyscrapers 

over 30 stories tall -

past the 840 green acres 

of Central Park -

Past Columbia University, 

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New York's oldest college -

Past a former district 

of quiet farms 

called Harlem -

Passed the stunning George Washington 

Bridge -

fourth longest suspension 

span in the world -

To the art treasures 

of the Cloisters -

Manhattan: 

12~ miles 
of incredible achievement -

Quite a bargain 

for only $24 - I 

Cross Spuyten Duyvil -

and you land in the Bronx -

only borough on the mainland -

And how much did the Bronx cost - ? 

Well, its first settler 

Jonas Bronck, a Dane, 

bought it from the Indians 

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for 2 guns, 2 kettles, 

a barrel of cider, 

and 6 bits of money -

Little did they realize 

that the ffronx one day would wind up 

with the New York Yankees - ! 

The Bronx -

whose Gouveneur Morris 

first drafted the Constitution 

of the United States -

Where Edgar Allen Poe 

wrote The Raven and 

Annabelle Lee. -

whose Woodlawn Cemetary 

is the last resting place 

of Admiral Farragut, Ralph Pulitzer, 

Jay Gould and F. W. Woolworth, 

Herman Melville of Moby Dick fame -

The Borough of Universities -

Fordham, Hunter, Manhattan, NYU -

The world famous 

Bronx Zoo & Botanical Gardens -

Unrivaled collections 

of plants and animals -



almost a thousand acres of 'em -

Now across the East River -

Let's tak~ two of the world's 
most beautiful bridges -

the Whites tone , 

and the Throgg's Neck -

and arrive 

in the largest 

and fastest growing 

borough of all -

QUEENS -

Home of the New York World's 

Fair -

Right where you are at this moment -

Olympic tennis courts 

at Forest Hills -

Center of aviation: 

LaGuardia Field, 

and the world's largest airport 

Kennedy International -

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1 I 

New York 

300 years ago 

a small trading post 

on the tip of Manhattan -

In 1898 

five boroughs 

joined together 

to create a city -

Today: 

Center of civilization~ 

this electric metropolis 

has opened opportunity to all, 

and its reward 

has been greatness -

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And now, 

shall we step out, 

onto the moving platform -

Now let's see New York 

as you've never seen it before -

Step right out, 

sample the collections 

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of world famous museums -

Yes, step right out, 

and find out 

just what keeps New York going -

Step right out 

onto the moving platform -

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