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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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Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season. Here we can see the stadium along with Prospect Park to the west and much of the Flatbush neighborhood, which Dem Bums called home.

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Bloomingdales in the Snow, 1935

Bloomingdales in the Snow, 1935

A snow storm never shuts down New York City, even in 1935. Here we see the 59th Street Crosstown Streetcar roll past Bloomingdales flagship store, which had opened only a few years before. There's still a horse-drawn vehicle even at this late date. The horse probably handled snow better than cars of the era.

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Queensboro Bridge from Second Avenue, 1914

Queensboro Bridge from Second Avenue, 1914

Pedestrians and some horse-drawn vehicles can be seen crossing the 59th Street Bridge from Second Avenue in Manhattan. The pedestrians seem to outnumber the vehicular traffic, although both are light by today's standards. The buildings to the south of the bridge are painted with a variety of advertisements, including for Coca-Cola, Wallach's Superior Laundry, Omega Oil for Sore Muscles, Puffed Rice, and Castoria.

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Workman Erecting Steel on the Queensboro Bridge, 1907

Workman Erecting Steel on the Queensboro Bridge, 1907

A workman on the Queensboro Bridge plies his trade high above the East River in 1907. The view is northwest from Blackwell's Island, which was later renamed Roosevelt Island, toward Manhattan. In the background, on Manhattan Island, are the warehouses of the American Malting Company, which was forced to reorganize in 1906 as the American Malting Corporation.

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Queensboro Bridge Under Construction, 1907

Queensboro Bridge Under Construction, 1907

Looking east from Manhattan toward Blackwell's Island on March 8, 1907, you would have seen the partially completed Queensboro Bridge. Originally called the Blackwell's Island Bridge, the Queensboro was completed and opened to the public in 1909, about two years after this photo was taken. At the time it opened, it was the longest cantilever bridge in North America.

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Original Washington Square Arch, 1890

Original Washington Square Arch, 1890
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