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Columbus Avenue and West 79th Street, c. 1910

Columbus Avenue and West 79th Street, c. 1910

Looking north along Columbus Avenue from West 79th Street, one can see the 81st Street Station for the Ninth Avenue Elevated Train. On the east side of Columbus Avenue, out of the frame of this photo is the American Museum of Natural History. The Ninth Avenue El became part of the IRT in 1903 and was dismantled when the City of New York purchased the IRT in 1940.

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Pennsylvania Station Restaurant, 1910

Pennsylvania Station Restaurant, 1910

In 1910, Pennsylvania Station was the paragon of New York elegance. This restaurant, populated by ghosts thanks to the photograph's long exposure, is a far cry from the fast food joints of today's Penn Station. Not only did one enter the city like a god, one was expected to eat like a human being.

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Grand Central Depot, 1885

Grand Central Depot, 1885

There have been three structures at East 42nd Street and Park Avenue, bearing the name Grand Central. In this black and white photograph taken about 1885, we see the first one, Grand Central Depot. This station, which opened in 1871, brought the lines of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, the New York and Harlem River Railroad, and the New York and New Haven Railroad together under one roof. In this view, looking north from Vanderbilt Avenue, we see horse-drawn streetcars and carts ambling past.

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The San Remo Apartments, seen from Central Park, 1932

The San Remo Apartments, seen from Central Park, 1932

The San Remo Apartment building, with its twin tower construction, epitomizes Upper West Side luxury. Construction began in 1929 and completed shortly before this photograph was taken in 1932. Many of the larger apartments had to be subdivided during the Great Depression to make them more affordable to renters. Since then, the New York real estate market has changed dramatically, and now the San Remo is amongst the most expensive locations in Manhattan, housing many wealthy business tycoons and celebrities.

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NBC Camera Broadcasts 1956 World Series from Ebbets Field

NBC Camera Broadcasts 1956 World Series from Ebbets Field

The NBC camera crew and Brooklyn Dodger fans look on intently at the 1956 World Series.  The 1956 World Series was a rematch of the two great New York rivals, the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1955, the Dodgers took it -- their first championship in the history of the franchise.  In this series, the Yanks reclaimed their title, beating the Bums in seven games.  This black and white picture, although depicting none of the game, captures all the intensity of the old time rivalry and loyalty of the fans.

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Flatiron Building, 1907

Flatiron Building, 1907
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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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East 42nd Street and Third Avenue, 1931

East 42nd Street and Third Avenue, 1931
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The Polo Grounds, 1950

The Polo Grounds, 1950
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The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

This panoramic photo of the Polo Grounds shows one of the three games played here between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Giants during the 1905 World Series. It's standing room only for this game, with fans filling the bleachers and lining up along the perimeter of the outfield.  Coogan's Bluff looms in the background complete with ads for Washington Heights Livery Stables and Bloomingdales painted on the side of a building.

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