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East 14th Street and Fourth Avenue, 1916

East 14th Street and Fourth Avenue, 1916

In this black and white photo, taken in 1916, the photographer shoots west along the north side of E. 14th Street.  People stroll past the Hotel Rathskeller. A couple of newsies operate a newstand in front of the entrance to the subway. On the south side of the street, somewhat obscured by the subway kiosks are the Union Square Theater and Cafe Leo. It's somewhat difficult to see, but the ensignia of the Cafe Leo seems to be a C and L inscribed inside a Star of David.

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Seventh Avenue and West 30th Street, c. 1920

Seventh Avenue and West 30th Street, c. 1920

Looking north from West 30th Street along Seventh Avenue one can see two of the famed works of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, Pennsylvania Station and the Hotel Pennsylvania. The former opened in 1910 and was demolished in 1963, while the latter opened in 1919 and is still operating. The Hotel Pennsylvania  has been in danger of demolition since the 1990s, having been unable to secure, as of 2011, landmark status.

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Censored in Times Square, 1948

Censored in Times Square, 1948
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Taxis in front of the Hotel Manhattan, 1912

Taxis in front of the Hotel Manhattan, 1912

Taxicabs wait for a fare in front of the Hotel Manhattan on 42nd and Madison. Notice the dirty duster the cabby is wearing. Men and women of this era often wore such coats to protect their clothing from the dirt of the road as they drove around in open cabs. The signs behind the men advertise the Archibald Foss Real Estate Agency, a detective agency, and a "Depot for Manhattan Shirts."

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