Harlem and The Bomb

1955, Life Magazine published “The World We Live In”. The reprint (1962), is still available on Amazon.

One of the last images, shows a birds-eye (or perhaps a bomber’s eye) view of New York – focused as you can imagine, on lower Manhattan. In the painting, Harlem and the Upper East Side are on fire north and east of Central Park. Meanwhile, two nearly simultaneous atomic bombs hit lower Manhattan:

and the border of Queens and Brooklyn:

The likely choice to include Queens/Brooklyn was to propose that Soviet military planners were likely focused on the vast manufacturing that occurred in this part of New York in the aftermath of WWII. Industry in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and beyond would have been essential to any American war effort, and the proximity of this manufacturing zone to the Brooklyn Navy Yards, a crucial link.

In the larger image:

You can just see a bit of Harlem, on complete and utter fire:


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