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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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Broadway and West 96th Street, 1909

Broadway and West 96th Street, 1909

In this black and white photo, taken in April of 1909, we look northeast along the east side of Broadway.  People move like ghosts through the frame, while a streetcar rumbles north along its tracks, and an early automobile shudders past a street cleaner.

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East 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1901

East 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1901

In 1901, the great crossroads of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway had not yet taken its final form. The Flatiron Building, also known as the Fuller Building, was just beginning construction. In this black and white turn of the century image, the only sign of the iconic skyscraper is the fence around the construction site. The Heinz 57 ad on the side of the Cumberland Hotel was about to be hidden forever.

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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 Flatiron Building after a Snow Storm, 1906

The Flatiron Building after a Snow Storm, 1906

In this view south from East 26th Street and Fifth Avenue, the Flatiron Building looks like it is plowing through the snow. It looks like a substantial amount of fresh snow has blanketed the city, all of which has been shoveled by hand. The streets are as clear as they are likely to get until the hooves of the horses tramp it into slush. But luckily for us, some anonymous photographer captured the clean beauty of this moment forever.

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Censored in Times Square, 1948

Censored in Times Square, 1948
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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909
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East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, c. 1932

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, c. 1932

Looking west along Forty-Second Street from Second Avenue, you can see the Third Avenue Elevated Line and, beyond it, the Chrysler Building. The street is quiet, with only a few cars parked at the curb and a few pedestrians in winter coats walking briskly past the City Coffee Pot. The newly-constructed Daily News Building is on the left, just beyond the Coffee Pot.

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Central Park near East 62nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1940

Central Park near East 62nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1940

It's a beautiful summer day in 1940, and from where you stand in Central Park, you can see two of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Sherry Netherland and the Plaza. The Plaza is perhaps the better known of the two, but sadly will eventually become a luxurious residence. The Sherry Netherland, however, will remain the pinnacle of New York City luxury for some time to come.

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