Macy's Department Store, 1908

Macy's Department Store, 1908

This is a northwest view of the Macy's department store at West 34th Street and Broadway.  Macy's open their flagship store at this Herald Square location in 1902, although the company had been operating for fifty years at the time of this photo.  The smaller building on the corner pre-existed the Macy's building.  It still exists today and currently sports the Macy's sign.

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Flatiron Building, 1902

Flatiron Building, 1902

A view south towards the Flatiron Building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and 23rd Street.  This portrait was taken shortly after the completion of the building, at which time it was one of the tallest buildings in New York City.  The strong winds along with the downdrafts created by the building often caused women's skirts to be blown up.  The phrase, "23 Skidoo" purportedly comes from what policemen would shout at the men who loitered in the area awaiting the show.

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Construction of the Times Tower, 1904

Construction of the Times Tower, 1904

A view south at Broadway and West 44th Street toward the construction of the Times Tower.  At the time of its construction it was the second tallest skyscraper in New York City.  When its new headquarters opened on January 1, 1905, the New York Times celebrated with a fireworks display at midnight.  The tradition of celebrating the New Year in Times Square continues to this day.

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Fish Balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Fish Balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

A rather voracious looking fish, controlled by clowns and men in "Middle Eastern" garb, floats down Broadway past the cigar store at West 110th Street.  A donkey-like balloon follows.  

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Thanksgiving Day Parade at W. 110th St., c. 1930

Thanksgiving Day Parade at W. 110th St., c. 1930

A horse-drawn parade float heads down Broadway as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Here we see them passing West 110th Street.  A substantial crowd, including a number of boys in short pants, watches from the side-lines.

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Mr. Chicken in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Mr. Chicken in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Mr. Chicken parades down Broadway in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Seen here, Mr. Chicken and his followers are passing West 110th Street (Cathedral Parkway).  The route used to follow Broadway from 145th Street to Herald Square, but in 2009 the route was altered to eliminate Broadway altogether.

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Broadway and W. 87th Street, 1900

Broadway and W. 87th Street, 1900

A view north along the Broadway center mall at West 87th Street on August 22, 1900.  Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic is light so far north on this early date.  Those who are on the Boulevard stop to face the photographer, ignoring the streetcar heading south along its route.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade marches past the Dorilton on W. 71st and Broadway.  The balloon in the foreground looks something like Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh books, which had come out around that time.  The movies were still years away.  It could just be an unnamed donkey.

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Broadway and W. 71st St., 1911

Broadway and W. 71st St., 1911

Traffic was light in this part of the city on this day in 1911.  A horse drawn laundry wagon, a horse drawn ice cream wagon, a single motor car, and a bicyclist can be seen passing in front of the 72nd Street Subway Station.  The Beaux-Arts style Ansonia Hotel, built between 1899 and 1904, stands majestically in the background.

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Broadway and W. 115th St., 1937

Broadway and W. 115th St., 1937

In this view north along the Broadway center mall, you can see the main gates of Columbia University on the right and Barnard College and Riverside Church on the left.  At the time of this photo West 116th Street was still open to vehicular traffic and street cars were still in operation.  The street car tracks are still in place today beneath a layer of asphalt pavement.

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