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The Old Met, c. 1885

The Old Met, c. 1885

The original Metropolitan Opera House occupied an entire city block between West 39th and 40th Streets along Broadway. It was built in 1883, and this photograph shows it not long after its opening, before the fire that gutted it in 1892. The building was demolished in 1967, and the Metropolitan Opera Company relocated to its present quarters in Lincoln Center.

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The Fourteenth Street Theater, 1916

The Fourteenth Street Theater, 1916
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Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion, 1940

Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion, 1940

A light dusting of snow has fallen on Carl Schurz Park. Gracie Mansion overlooks Hell Gate from the north end of the park. The mayor did not reside here in 1940. At this point the mansion was simply a historic house, which most recently had been the Museum of City of New York. Only in 1942, at the urging of Robert Moses, did Mayor Fiorello La Guardia appropriate the house as the mayoral residence.

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Yankee Stadium as seen from Manhattan, 1930

Yankee Stadium as seen from Manhattan, 1930

This photo depicts Yankee Stadium, viewed from an Seventh Avenue and W. 151st Street in Manhattan, in 1930.  Macomb's Dam Bridge to the north spans the Harlem River.  Recent demolition has apparently removed any obstacle to viewing the House that Ruth Built.

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