Vintage Photographs of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between Central Park West and the Hudson River, from West 61st Street to West 124th Street.
North of Columbus Circle, Broadway was known as The Boulevard, until the name was officially changed around the time of this photograph. Hanging above the roadway is a sign that doesn't apply in the context of contemporary New York City. It reads, "Pleasure Traffic Keep Over to the Left. Business Traffic Keep Over to the Curb."
The San Remo Apartment building, with its twin tower construction, epitomizes Upper West Side luxury. Construction began in 1929 and completed shortly before this photograph was taken in 1932. Many of the larger apartments had to be subdivided during the Great Depression to make them more affordable to renters. Since then, the New York real estate market has changed dramatically, and now the San Remo is amongst the most expensive locations in Manhattan, housing many wealthy business tycoons and celebrities.
In 1897, Columbus Circle was still the frontier. The monument to Columbus had been erected in 1892 to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus's voyage, but construction of the circle was still underway until 1905. By 1920, in a traffic study commissioned by Special Deputy Commissioner in charge of Traffic, John A. Harriss, Columbus Circle was the business intersection in the world
Looking north along Central Park West toward the Hotel Peter Stuyvesant, which is now Orwell House, a cooperative apartment building. When it opened its doors in February, 1920, not long before this picture was taken, the New York Times called it a high class hotel, noting that it had 350 rooms and 200 baths, and cost the Sonn Brothers about $1.7 million to build it. Today, that's probably what a single apartment in the building would sell for.
A rather voracious looking fish, controlled by clowns and men in "Middle Eastern" garb, floats down Broadway past the cigar store at West 110th Street. A donkey-like balloon follows.
A horse-drawn parade float heads down Broadway as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here we see them passing West 110th Street. A substantial crowd, including a number of boys in short pants, watches from the side-lines.
Mr. Chicken parades down Broadway in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Seen here, Mr. Chicken and his followers are passing West 110th Street (Cathedral Parkway). The route used to follow Broadway from 145th Street to Herald Square, but in 2009 the route was altered to eliminate Broadway altogether.
A view north along the Broadway center mall at West 87th Street on August 22, 1900. Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic is light so far north on this early date. Those who are on the Boulevard stop to face the photographer, ignoring the streetcar heading south along its route.