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Bleecker and Greene Streets, 1900

Bleecker and Greene Streets, 1900

On March 24, 1900, in front of City Hall, Mayor Robert A. Van Wyck broke ground with a silver spade for the Underground Rapid Transit Road.  Two days later, the first actual work on the subway was begun at the intersection of Bleecker and Greene Streets, by William Barclay Parsons, the Chief Engineer, and James Pilkington, the contractor who would reroute the sewers.  Here we see Parsons take a pickax to the pavement, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

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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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Broadway and West 104th Street, 1902

Broadway and West 104th Street, 1902

This black and white photograph, taken in 1902, captured a busy day on Broadway.  Looking south from West 104th Street, we see a number of streetcars rumbling through the construction of the subway, past the construction of a high rise.

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Second Avenue El, 1902

Second Avenue El, 1902

Second Avenue Elevated Train platform between East 41st and East 42nd Streets, 1902.  The Second Avenue Elevated Train was operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit company.  It ran along Second Avenue between East 129th Street and Chatham Square below and above which it joined with the Third Avenue Elevated Line.  The stairway leading up to this platform can be seen in this 1915 photo.

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