Pretzel Vendor on the Lower East Side, 1903

Pretzel Vendor on the Lower East Side, 1903

A pretzel vendor sits, contentedly smoking his pipe, on the Lower East Side, 1903. Assuming the sign for the event at Webster Hall is recent, it's a beautiful day in October. A man dozes in the rear left, and a cat does the same on the pavement beneath a sign for Juicy Fruit gum. To the right of the Juicy Fruit ad is a sign advertising Harry Houdini.

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Rabbi and Student on the Lower East Side, 1907

Rabbi and Student on the Lower East Side, 1907

A rabbi and his student read together on the Lower East Side in 1907. The rabbi wear a tallis, or prayer shawl, and yarmulke, while the boy wears only a simple cap. They appear to be standing in alley, but seem so intent on their text that they appear not to notice the grungy surroundings.

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Workers on the George Washington Bridge, 1930

Workers on the George Washington Bridge, 1930

Here's a view you don't often see. Nine men casually posing for a photo atop the cables of the incomplete George Washington Bridge. There's not one wearing a harness. The George Washington Bridge, initially named, the Hudson River Bridge was built between October, 1927 and October 1931. This photo, taken in 1930, shows the bridge pretty far along, although clearly the roadways are not there yet.

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Hats at a World War I Liberty Rally in Times Square, 1918

Hats at a World War I Liberty Rally in Columbus Circle, 1918

There was a time when everybody wore a hat. Here a crowd of thousands, mostly men, stand in Times Square during a WWI Liberty Rally.  There's not a bare head amongst them. If you look carefully, you can see a couple of women's hats.

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Construction of Streetcar Tracks at Columbus Circle, 1897

Construction of Streetcar Tracks at Columbus Circle, 1897

In 1897, Columbus Circle was still the frontier. The monument to Columbus had been erected in 1892 to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus's voyage, but construction of the circle was still underway until 1905. By 1920, in a traffic study commissioned by Special Deputy Commissioner in charge of Traffic, John A. Harriss, Columbus Circle was the business intersection in the world

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Christmas in the Ward, Bellevue Hospital, 1920

Christmas in the Ward, Bellevue Hospital, 1920

The Bellevue Hospital staff took time out for a photograph during the holiday season of 1920. This ward looks very well staffed, with three doctors, four nurses, and an orderly for three patients. Bellevue Hospital, known most famously for its psychiatric ward, is the oldest public hospital in the United States.

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Aerial Overview of Statue of Liberty and Jersey Shore, 1935

Aerial Overview of Statue of Liberty and Jersey Shore, 1935

For a Lady pushing fifty, Miss Liberty still looks good. In 1933, two years prior to this photo, the National Park Service took over the administration of the Statue of Liberty from the War Department. In 1938, they closed the Statue for renovation from May until December. Most of the buildings in this photograph were demolished as part of the renovation effort by the Works Progress Administration, which was a New Deal program designed to provide jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression.

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The Queen Mary Cruises Past the Statue of Liberty, 1960

The Queen Mary Cruises Past the Statue of Liberty, 1960

The RMS Queen Mary, nearing the end of her career, cruises into New York Harbor past Lady Liberty.  The Mary herself was a familiar symbol of liberty, having served as a troop transport during World War II.  After the war, she was refitted for passenger service, and until the era of jet travel forced her into retirement in 1967, she and her sister ship, the Elizabeth, served as the Queens of transatlantic travel.

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The Statue of Liberty's Arm in Madison Square Park, 1876

The Statue of Liberty's Arm in Madison Square Park, 1876

In this photo, the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty have been staged in Madison Square Park.  These portions of the Statue were exhibited there as part of the fund raising effort for the building the base.  The arm and torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.  In 1885 fund raising efforts were at a standstill, until a push from Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the World garnered nearly 120,000 donations, enabling the completion of the pedestal and the assembly of the Statue of Liberty in place on Bedloe's Island.

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Aerial View of Yankee Stadium and the Harlem River, 1933

Aerial View of Yankee Stadium and the Harlem River, 1933

In this photo, the camera looks west from a plane or an airship. Below is Yankee Stadium, empty. In the foreground is the newly built Bronx County Courthouse, designed by Max Hausel and Joseph H. Freedlander, and beyond the stadium is the Harlem River, spanned by the Macomb's Dam Bridge. Not much traffic is on the road or the river. Hardly the New York of today.

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