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Times Square, looking southwest, 1953

Times Square, looking southwest, 1953

Before he tormented Batman, Cesar Romero sold Schenley whiskey. In 1953, the year of this photo, he also starred in a 39-part television serial, Passport to Danger. Here, from above Nedick's, where you could get a 5-cent orange drink, Romero's image overlooks the bustling traffic of a brisk morning in Times Square.

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Skaters on the Lake in Central Park, circa 1890

Skaters on the Lake in Central Park, circa 1890
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1953 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Photo

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Photo

This black and white portrait of the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers includes quite a few legends. Among them are Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Ralph Branca, and quite a few other notables. Dem Bums took the National League pennant for the second year in a row, but again lost the World Series to their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees.

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Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, 1950

Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, 1950

This photo shows the field, stands, and scoreboard of the great Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1912 through 1957.  Here we can see a few men doing field maintenance.  No baseball game is in progress.  In the background are a number of billboards, which are clearly focused on men's products -- Bulova watches, Van Heusen shirts, Botany ties, GEM razor blades, and Esquire boot polish.  The scoreboard itself if sponsored by Schaefer beer, "the one beer to have when you're having more than one."

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Delancey and Clinton Street Traffic Jam, 1923

Delancy and Clinton Street Traffic Jam, 1923

Imagine coming off the Williamsburg Bridge into this mess at Delancey and Clinton Streets on the Lower East Side.  It's enough to send you right back to Brooklyn.  The traffic jam depicted in this 1923 Black and White photo shows a snarl up of cars, trolleys, and the Third Avenue Rail line.  Even by today's standards this is vehicular congestion of epic proportions.

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Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1909

Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1909

The Manhattan Bridge, which connects Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn neighborhood formerly known as Fulton Landing, was the last of the suspension bridges to span the East River, following the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges, respectively. In this photo, taken from Main Street near the Brooklyn Piers in 1909, you can see the Brooklyn Tower and the beginning of the Deck construction. In recent years, this neighborhood has been renamed DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and has become quite a trendy place to live.

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The Polo Grounds, 1950

The Polo Grounds, 1950
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Main Entrance of Grand Central Terminal, 1914

Main Entrance of Grand Central Station, 1914

Seen from this angle Grand Central Terminal is indeed the cathedral of transportation it was intended to be. This photo was taken not long after GCT entirely replaced Grand Central Station, which was torn down in phases between 1903 and 1913. The perspective here is approximately eye-level with Mercury, who anchors the statue "Transportation," which faces south at East 42nd Street and Park Avenue.

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The Empire State Building Under Construction, 1930

The Empire State Building Under Construction, 1930

At the time of this photo, the Empire State Building was just surpassing the Chrysler Building as the tallest in the world. Completed in 1931, the Empire State Building was for forty years the pinnacle of skyscraper architecture. The portion that is still being constructed in this photo is not the familiar antenna that we know today, but what was intended to be a mooring mast and dock for airships. The first few attempts proved the impracticality of this idea. Imagine being a passenger disembarking across a gangplank 102 stories above Fifth Avenue.

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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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