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Sightseeing Bus in front of Flatiron Building, 1910

Sightseeing Bus in front of Flatiron Building, 1910

New York City has always attracted tourists. Here a busload of them prepare to see the sights, and there's no better place to begin than the Flatiron Building, which had only opened a few years before, in 1902. The official name of the Flatiron is the Fuller Building,   which is inscribed on the metal gates below the arch.

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West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, circa 1950

West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, circa 1950

It's a wet day in the early 1950s, and the Fashion District is all abustle.  Looking southeast from the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 34th Street, one sees two way traffic on Eighth Avenue, including a "Train Connection" bus heading uptown. A Greyhound Bus heads east along 34th Street. Beyond the low-rise stores along Eighth, one can see the great Beaux Arts edifice of the original Pennsylvania Station.

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Central Park and East 79th Street Transverse, 1917

Central Park and East 79th Street Transverse, 1917

A double-decker crosstown bus pauses in the underpass of the 72nd Street Transverse.  Two passengers can be seen enjoying the weather on the top deck, while the driver sits in his shaded open-air seat.  The Fifth Avenue Coach Company, which operated this bus, was a pioneer in motorbus transit, developing and building its own fleet of buses.

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Grant's Tomb, 1917

Grant's Tomb, 1917

French soldiers ride a pair of double-decker buses to West 123rd Street and Riverside Drive to visit the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant.  World War I was still ongoing.  Above the tomb the placard reads, "Let us have peace."

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