Transportation

Queensboro Bridge with Elevated Train, 1920

Queensboro Bridge with Elevated Train, 1920

Looking East from East 59th Street and Second Avenue across the Queensboro Bridge on this day in 1920, one sees an Elevated Train car, a few trucks and motor cars, and a few pedestrians.  This cantilever bridge opened in March 1909, and approximately 11 years into its existence, seems very much underutilized.  Not so, today. Today there is no time of day or night when significantly more than half a dozen vehicles will be found crossing its spans. 

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Southwest Overview of Pennsylvania Station, 1910

Southwest Overview of Pennsylvania Station, 1910

In 1910, New York City opened its Temple of Transportation. In this photograph, taken shortly after the opening of Pennsylvania Station, we can see McKim, Mead & White's neo-classical monument in all its glory. Covering more than 7 acres, Penn Station was the largest indoor space in New York City and one of the largest public spaces in the world.

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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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