Union Square

A Squadron of U.S. Navy Biplanes Flies of Madison Square Park, 1930

A Squadron of U.S. Navy Biplanes Flies of Madison Square Park, 1930

On this beautiful day in 1930, two squadrons of U.S. Navy planes can be seeing flying over Union Square and Madison Square Parks. The Metropolitan Life Tower lives up to its name, towering over the remainder of the skyline, including the not-so-tall Flatiron building, which cuts like the prow of a ship through the confluence of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.  Drivers of today should look on in envy at the traffic -- or lack thereof -- passing through the famed intersection.

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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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Don't Be A Scab, 1916

Don't Be A Scab, 1916

Two girls on rollerskates distribute leaflets in Union Square.  They wear "Don't Be A Scab" sashes.  One hopes that they are acting on behalf of their parents and that they themselves are not part of the union.

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