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Belvedere Castle, Central Park, 1905

Belvedere Castle, Central Park, 1905

Belvedere Castle was designed by Calvert Vaux in 1869 as a Victorian "folly," a whimsical structure having no practical function. It has since acquired the practical function of housing meteorological equipment for the National Weather Service. Its turret is the highest point in Central Park with views of (at the time of this photo) the Reservoir to the north and the Ramble to the south.

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Grand Central Station, 1905

Grand Central Station, 1905

There have been three train stations bearing the name Grand Central in New York City. This photo shows the second structure, Grand Central Station, which only existed in this form for about a decade. Grand Central Station replaced Grand Central Depot in an effort to relieve congestion and improve safety. A catastrophic train collision in 1902 impelled further improvement, and Grand Central Station was torn down in stages and replaced by Grand Central Terminal completely by 1913.

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Washington Square Arch, 1905

Washington Square Arch, 1905

The Washington Square Arch was erected to commemorate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration. This is not that arch. This arch was erected in 1892 to replace the temporary plaster and wooden structure which spanned Fifth Avenue just north of the park. In this photo, we are looking at the north face of the permanent marble arch designed by Stanford White. Absent are the two statues of George Washington, which were added in 1918.

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Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Two young women hang suspended above Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn.  The beach and boardwalk below them are crowded with men and women strolling or sunbathing.  The Parachute Jump, originally built for the 1939 World's Fair, is an icon of Coney Island.  Although it ceased operating in 1968, the structure is in the United States Register of Historic Places, and still stands today.

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