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Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1908

Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1908

A barefoot boy stands on the cobblestones of South Street, in Lower Manhattan, looking northeast past the horsecarts and the ships in the harbor, toward the most astounding piece of construction he's seen in his lifetime, the Manhattan Bridge.  From the looks of things, this bridge has probably been under construction during the entirety of his lifetime, the construction having started in 1901, and not due to be complete until 1910.

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Amsterdam Avenue and West 207th Street, 1926

Amsterdam Avenue and West 207th Street, 1926

The streets are bustling in Inwood on this beautiful day in 1926.  Looking west toward Post Avenue and beyond, one can see the Corn Exchange Bank, several dance halls, a Chop Suey restaruant, and the Dyckman Theater.  The theater was a 1,700 seat movie palace that opened in 1913 and ultimately became part of the Loews chain.  This neighborhood is the northernmost in the island of Manhattan, and it is believed to be the location where Peter Minuit bought the island from the Lenape Indians.

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Mason's Materials, East 14th Street, 1916

Mason's Materials, East 14th Street, 1916

This photo of the Murtha and Schmol Co. was taken on June 5, 1916. The company was located at 814 East 14th Street, mere steps from the East River, on the northern border of what is today Alphabet City. At this time, the neighborhood was in transition. Originally Little Germany, by the early 20th Century many of the Germans had relocated uptown to Yorkville, and the neighborhood was repopulated by other waves of immigrants, including Jews, Italians, and Irish.

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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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Curb Market Activity, 1925

Curb Market Activity, 1925

This photo shows curb market activity on Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange.  This sea of men and boys are relegated to the street to serve companies too small to be listed on the NYSE.  At the end of Broad Street is Federal Hall, which is today a museum.

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East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

View east toward entrance to the Second Avenue El.  Note the Tammany Hall poster above the entrance to the stairway, which places the date of this photo around October.  The platform for this elevated train station can be seen in this 1902 photo.

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Workers atop Grand Central Terminal, 1950

Workers atop Grand Central Terminal, 1950

View east toward workers painting the flagpole on Grand Central Terminal.  The collossal clock and statue of "Transportation" by French artist Jules-Alexis Coutan are in the background. On the statue Mercury is flanked by Minerva and Hercules. Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, represents the thought and planning put into this building, while Mercury, the god of speed, represents both the speed of commerce and, of course, the speed of trains, and Hercules represents the strength of the men who built GCT.  The flagpole has since been removed.

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