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Kids Cool Off in a Sprinkler on the Lower East Side, 1923

Kids Cool Off in a Sprinkler on the Lower East Side, 1923

Some things never change. One of the joys of childhood is running through a sprinkler in summer. For most this probably conjures images of suburban lawns, but as this photo attests city kids did it, too. On a hot summer day in 1923 on the Lower East Side, these kids cooled off by running in the street under a sprinkler hooked up to a fire hydrant.

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Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 1908

Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 1908

In this black and white photo from the spring of 1908, we look east beneath the Fulton Avenue Elevated Railroad at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue. Passengers wait to board several streetcars. Men are engaged in construction.

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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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Lexington Avenue and East 65th Street, 1930

Lexington Avenue and East 65th Street, 1930

In this black and white photo from the winter of 1930, we see an almost traffic-free Lexington Avenue. A streetcar rolls past St. Vincent Ferrer Church, a taxi idles on the corner of 65th Street, and a couple of women saunter past Allison's Drug Store.

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Midtown Manhattan Overview from West 31st Street, c. 1930

Midtown Manhattan Overview from West 31st Street, c. 1930

In this black and white photo from the early 1930s, the camera looks northwest from West 31st Street, taking in the roof of Penn Station and the high-rises that have grown up around it.

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Broadway and West 106th Street, 1900

Broadway and West 106th Street, 1900

In this photo, taken on September 25, 1900, we look north along the Broadway center mall from West 106th Street. To the left is a triangular green space, bounded by 106th Street, Broadway, and West End Avenue, which would eventually be named Strauss Park, after Isidor and Ida Strauss, who perished in the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912.

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Eighth Avenue and Bleecker Street, 1908

Eighth Avenue and Bleecker Street, 1908

In this 1908 black and white photo, a horsecar (a streetcar pulled by horses) passes Abingdon Square Park. The park is one of the oldest in New York City, the quarter-acre plot it's on having been acquired by the city in 1831. The southern tip of the triangular green-space is at the intersection of Bleecker Street and Eighth Avenue or Abingdon Square.

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Amsterdam Avenue and West 96th Street, 1919

Amsterdam Avenue and West 96th Street, 1919

By the dawn of the Jazz Age, the Upper West Side was already starting to take on its modern appearance. Twenty years before, buildings would have been sparse, but by the time this photo was taken in 1919, apartment buildings had sprouted along the avenue as far as the eye could see. However, they still had much growing to do; St. Michael's Episcopal Church, on West 99th Street, towers above the "seedling" dwellings of the UWS of this era.

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Joe Dimaggio Takes Batting Practice, 1938

Joe Dimaggio Takes Batting Practice, 1938

Joltin' Joe Dimaggio takes a swing for the photographer during batting practice. 1938, the year of this photo, would be the Yankee Clipper's third year with the team and would be his third World Series. Coincidence?

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Broadway and West 111th Street, 1900

Broadway and West 111th Street, 1900

In this photo of Broadway and 111th Street, taken in late September, 1900, we look north along the center mall through the trees. A horse-drawn cart ambles uptown on the east side of the street. Very few people can be seen, despite the beautiful weather, this far north.

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