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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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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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East 42nd Street and Third Avenue, 1931

East 42nd Street and Third Avenue, 1931
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Brooklyn Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, 1903

Brooklyn Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, 1903

This view, looking west from the Brooklyn Terminal across the Brooklyn Bridge, shows the orderly organization of the bridge.  Streetcars and horse-drawn carriages ran along the outer roadways, elevated trains along the inner tracks, and pedestrians walked along a central walkway.  Of course, the smoke exhausted by the various factories and trains must have made the journey on foot a breath-taking one.

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East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

View east toward entrance to the Second Avenue El.  Note the Tammany Hall poster above the entrance to the stairway, which places the date of this photo around October.  The platform for this elevated train station can be seen in this 1902 photo.

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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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