Pretzel seller at Broadway and Beaver St, 1961

Pretzel seller at Broadway and Beaver St, 1961

The street vendor is a great New York City tradition.  Here, a couple of Wall Streeters grab a quick snack at lunch hour from a pretzel vendor at the corner of Broadway and Beaver St.

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Woolworth Building from the Clouds, c. 1920

Woolworth Building from the Clouds, c. 1920

In this aerial view of Lower Manhattan, the top of the Woolworth Building peeks through the clouds.  At 792 feet, the Woolworth Building, designed by architect Gilbert Cass, overtook the Metropolitan Life Tower as the world's tallest building when it opened in 1913.  It is still one of the twenty tallest in New York City.

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Blimps over Lower Manhattan, 1931

Blimps over Lower Manhattan, 1931

United States Navy Airships float over the Lower Manhattan skyline.  The view of this era presents a far different picture than the one of today.  Most of the piers that you see here are gone now.  Even the shape of Manhattan has changed, with the western shore of the island being extended out into the Hudson River with the landfill from the excavation of the World Trade Center.

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Blimps over Central Park, 1931

Blimps over Central Park, 1931

An aerial view of Central Park, looking north from about East 72nd Street.  A pair of dirigibles hover above the park.  Below, towards the right, the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be clearly seen.  Also, you can see that the Lower Croton Reservoir is being filled in to make space for the Great Lawn.  Among other material, stones from the building of Rockefeller Center are being used to fill in the obsolete 33-acre receiving reservoir, which held 180 million gallons of water piped in from the Croton River in Westchester.

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Grant's Tomb, 1917

Grant's Tomb, 1917

French soldiers ride a pair of double-decker buses to West 123rd Street and Riverside Drive to visit the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant.  World War I was still ongoing.  Above the tomb the placard reads, "Let us have peace."

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Bloomingdales, c. 1935

Bloomingdales, c. 1935

A view north at East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue toward Bloomingdale's Department Store.  A sign above the Amoy American Chinese Restaurant recommends early reservations for New Year's Eve.  Traffic is a blur, aside from all the double-parked cars, waiting to pick up exiting shoppers.

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Fifth Avenue Traffic Tower, c. 1929

Fifth Avenue Traffic Tower, c. 1929
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60 Wall Street, c. 1950

60 Wall Street, c. 1950
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Construction of Streetcar Tracks, 1900

Construction of Streetcar Tracks, 1900
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RMS Queen Mary, 1958

RMS Queen Mary, 1958

RMS Queen Mary, outbound from New York Harbor, with fireboat spraying water alongside, 1958.  Mary was the flag ship of the Cunard line from her maiden voyage in 1936 until 1945 when her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, supplanted her in that role.  She had been outfitted for troop transport during World War II, but following the war, she and Elizabeth dominated the transatlantic passenger trade.  At the time of this photo in 1958, the first transatlantic jet flight had just taken place, and the end of the golden age of ocean liners had come.

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