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Columbus Circle, c. 1895

Columbus Circle, c. 1895

A view from Eighth Avenue and 59th Street northeast across Columbus Circle into Central Park.  In 1895, there doesn't seem to be all that much going on in this part of town -- a few pedestrians, a couple of bicyclists, a streetcar, some drays.  Seems like an odd place to put a monument.  This clearly demonstrates the foresight of the city planners.  What was a boondock, is now an epicenter of world commerce.  This photo is taken from the approximate location of what is today the Time Warner Center.

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Columbus Circle at Night, c. 1920

Columbus Circle at Night, c. 1920

The silhouetted hansom cab and driver look like they could be cruising for a fare in Victorian London, but this is a rainy night in post-war (the Great War, that is) New York.  The driver, parked along a slick, deserted Central Park South, looks west toward the bustle and lights of Eight Avenue and Columbus Circle.  The dark monument to Columbus stands in sharp contrast to the luminance of the surrounding commerce.

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