Manhattan Above 124th Street

Amsterdam Avenue and West 125th Street, 1927

Amsterdam Avenue and West 125th Street, 1927

If it weren't for the date inscribed on the negative, one would never know this was a fall day in 1927. Neither the clothing nor the very few trees give anything away. Here the photographer shoots south along Amsterdam towards Columbia University. Nowadays, you'd see the bridge across Amsterdam between the Main Campus and the East Campus where the Law and SIPA buildings are located. In 1927 neither the buildings nor the bridge had been built yet.

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656 Fort Washington Avenue, Inwood, 1926

656 Fort Washington Avenue, Inwood, 1926

You don't see many homes like this in Manhattan anymore. When this photo was taken, on March 17, 1926, this Victorian-era home had already seen better days. The location now hosts a 6 storey apartment building across the street from tennis and basketball courts of a public school.

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George Washington Bridge, Opening Day, October 25, 1931

George Washington Bridge, Opening Day, October 25, 1931

The George Washington Bridge was dedicated on October 24, 1931 and opened to traffic the following day, the date of this black and white photograph. Here we see Governor of New York State, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, crossing the bridge with his motorcade. The span between its two towers, the main span, is over 3500 ft., making the GWB the longest main span bridge in the world at the time of this picture.

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Broadway and West 138th Street, 1933

Broadway and West 138th Street, 1933

The photographer shoots south, along Broadway from just outside Montefiore Square Park on W. 138th Street. People sit on benches chatting and reading the paper. A boy in a sandwich board offering brand new 1933 automobiles for rent walks past the subway kiosk. Between the trees and the lamp post, one can see the tower of Riverside Church 18 blocks south.

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Aerial Overview of the George Washington Bridge, 1957

Aerial Overview of the George Washington Bridge, 1957

The river is smooth and the traffic is minimal on this bright winter day in 1957. If it weren't for the distinctive Pallisades of the Jersey side, the low-rise buildings of Washington Heights would be indistinguishable from those of Fort Lee, across the river.

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Amsterdam Avenue and West 207th Street, 1926

Amsterdam Avenue and West 207th Street, 1926

The streets are bustling in Inwood on this beautiful day in 1926.  Looking west toward Post Avenue and beyond, one can see the Corn Exchange Bank, several dance halls, a Chop Suey restaruant, and the Dyckman Theater.  The theater was a 1,700 seat movie palace that opened in 1913 and ultimately became part of the Loews chain.  This neighborhood is the northernmost in the island of Manhattan, and it is believed to be the location where Peter Minuit bought the island from the Lenape Indians.

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The Polo Grounds, 1950

The Polo Grounds, 1950
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The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

This panoramic photo of the Polo Grounds shows one of the three games played here between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Giants during the 1905 World Series. It's standing room only for this game, with fans filling the bleachers and lining up along the perimeter of the outfield.  Coogan's Bluff looms in the background complete with ads for Washington Heights Livery Stables and Bloomingdales painted on the side of a building.

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