East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, c. 1932

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, c. 1932

Looking west along Forty-Second Street from Second Avenue, you can see the Third Avenue Elevated Line and, beyond it, the Chrysler Building. The street is quiet, with only a few cars parked at the curb and a few pedestrians in winter coats walking briskly past the City Coffee Pot. The newly-constructed Daily News Building is on the left, just beyond the Coffee Pot.

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The Polo Grounds, 1950

The Polo Grounds, 1950
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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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Erecting a Skyscraper, 1906

Erecting a Skyscraper, 1906

Ironworkers take a lunch break high above Lower Manhattan atop a partially constructed skyscraper. These brave men seem never to have even heard the word harness. Many of the ironworkers who built the skyscrapers of New York City were Native Americans, predominantly of the Mohawk tribe.

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The Empire State Building Under Construction, 1930

The Empire State Building Under Construction, 1930

At the time of this photo, the Empire State Building was just surpassing the Chrysler Building as the tallest in the world. Completed in 1931, the Empire State Building was for forty years the pinnacle of skyscraper architecture. The portion that is still being constructed in this photo is not the familiar antenna that we know today, but what was intended to be a mooring mast and dock for airships. The first few attempts proved the impracticality of this idea. Imagine being a passenger disembarking across a gangplank 102 stories above Fifth Avenue.

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Taxis in front of the Hotel Manhattan, 1912

Taxis in front of the Hotel Manhattan, 1912

Taxicabs wait for a fare in front of the Hotel Manhattan on 42nd and Madison. Notice the dirty duster the cabby is wearing. Men and women of this era often wore such coats to protect their clothing from the dirt of the road as they drove around in open cabs. The signs behind the men advertise the Archibald Foss Real Estate Agency, a detective agency, and a "Depot for Manhattan Shirts."

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Central Park near East 62nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1940

Central Park near East 62nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1940

It's a beautiful summer day in 1940, and from where you stand in Central Park, you can see two of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Sherry Netherland and the Plaza. The Plaza is perhaps the better known of the two, but sadly will eventually become a luxurious residence. The Sherry Netherland, however, will remain the pinnacle of New York City luxury for some time to come.

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The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

The Polo Ground During the 1905 World Series

This panoramic photo of the Polo Grounds shows one of the three games played here between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Giants during the 1905 World Series. It's standing room only for this game, with fans filling the bleachers and lining up along the perimeter of the outfield.  Coogan's Bluff looms in the background complete with ads for Washington Heights Livery Stables and Bloomingdales painted on the side of a building.

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Duke Snider at Bat During the 1956 World Series

Duke Snider at Bat During the 1956 World Series

Center Fielder Duke Snider steps up to the plate for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while Jackie Robinson waits on deck. An NBC camera broadcasts the event from a few rows away. The Dodgers hosted the Yankees here at Ebbets Field for the first and last two games of the seven game series. This would be the last World Series ever played in Brooklyn.

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Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

It's the first game of the 1956 World Series, and the defending World Champions, the Brooklyn Dodgers, are hosting their rivals the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field. Whitey Ford is on the mound, Yogi Berra is behind the plate, and a Dodger batter is on his way towards first.

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