The Fourteenth Street Theater, April 30, 1916
Boys in Front of the Fourteenth Street Theater
Fourteenth Street Theater Shortly Before Demolition, 1937
We got a call the other day from an art consultant, who had a client interested in photos around Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street. We searched our archive and came up with quite a few, which we then scanned, cleaned, cropped, and emailed to the art consultant in time for her meeting with her client. Most of those will eventually make it onto nycvintageimages.com. Among them were two that particularly struck me.
 

Fourteenth Street Theater Shortly Before Demolition, 1937

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The Fourteenth Street Theater, 1916

The Fourteenth Street Theater, 1916
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Boys in Front of 14th Street Theater, 1916

Boys in Front of 14th Street Theater, 1916

These boys, just exiting a the Fourteenth Street Theater, look like they are having the time of their lives. It's a beautiful spring day, April 30, 1916 to be exact, and nothing could be better than seeing an auto-racing movie and then palling around New York City with your chums. It's unlikely any of these boys knew or cared, but the theater they just exited had only recently become the "Downtown Home of Paramount Pictures." It had been built in 1866 as the Theater Francais and originally staged French comic operas. 

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Times Square, looking southwest, 1953

Times Square, looking southwest, 1953

Before he tormented Batman, Cesar Romero sold Schenley whiskey. In 1953, the year of this photo, he also starred in a 39-part television serial, Passport to Danger. Here, from above Nedick's, where you could get a 5-cent orange drink, Romero's image overlooks the bustling traffic of a brisk morning in Times Square.

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The San Remo Apartments, seen from Central Park, 1932

The San Remo Apartments, seen from Central Park, 1932

The San Remo Apartment building, with its twin tower construction, epitomizes Upper West Side luxury. Construction began in 1929 and completed shortly before this photograph was taken in 1932. Many of the larger apartments had to be subdivided during the Great Depression to make them more affordable to renters. Since then, the New York real estate market has changed dramatically, and now the San Remo is amongst the most expensive locations in Manhattan, housing many wealthy business tycoons and celebrities.

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Skaters on the Lake in Central Park, circa 1890

Skaters on the Lake in Central Park, circa 1890
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The Photographer on Bow Bridge, 1875

The Photographer on Bow Bridge, 1875

In this 1875 photograph, the photographer himself is the subject. He stands on Bow Bridge in Central Park above a placid lake, which reflect both him and the bridge. The leaves on the trees are sparse, indicating that this could be late fall or early spring. The image almost has an Impressionistic quality, as if the photographer were trying to mimic the work of Monet.

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Wall and Broad Streets, 1916

Wall and Broad Streets, 1916

Ah, Wall Street. You can almost smell the money -- unless, like the gentleman in the extreme foreground, you have your finger jammed up your nose. On this day in 1916, the photographer captured the bustling activity of New York City's Financial District. Looking west along Wall, on the right you can see Federal Hall, which at the time was the United States Sub-Treasury building, on the left sit the newly-built House of Morgan and the New York Stock Exchange, and straight ahead, beyond Broadway is Trinity Church.

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