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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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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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