Upper West Side

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.

Skaters on the Lake in Central Park, circa 1890

Skaters on the Lake in Central Park, circa 1890
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Construction of Streetcar Tracks at Columbus Circle, 1897

Construction of Streetcar Tracks at Columbus Circle, 1897

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

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Columbia University, 1905

Columbia University, 1905
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Central Park West at 86th Street, 1925

Central Park West at 86th Street, 1925

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.

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Fish Balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Fish Balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

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.  

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Thanksgiving Day Parade at W. 110th St., c. 1930

Thanksgiving Day Parade at W. 110th St., c. 1930

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.

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Mr. Chicken in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Mr. Chicken in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

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.

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Broadway and W. 87th Street, 1900

Broadway and W. 87th Street, 1900

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.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade marches past the Dorilton on W. 71st and Broadway.  The balloon in the foreground looks something like Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh books, which had come out around that time.  The movies were still years away.  It could just be an unnamed donkey.

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Broadway and W. 71st St., 1911

Broadway and W. 71st St., 1911

Traffic was light in this part of the city on this day in 1911.  A horse drawn laundry wagon, a horse drawn ice cream wagon, a single motor car, and a bicyclist can be seen passing in front of the 72nd Street Subway Station.  The Beaux-Arts style Ansonia Hotel, built between 1899 and 1904, stands majestically in the background.

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