A New York City Tree Lined Street With A Church – Where Is This?
But this old stereoview photograph has identification which says, American Scenery; N.Y. City & Vicinity and 1285.
I do not know where this is. The photograph appears to be from the late 1860s / early 1870s, based upon the sparse surrounding scenery and architecture. Below is the original stereoview:
If it is the Broadway Taberbnacle we would be looking west along 34th Street towards Sixth Avenue. The Sixth Avenue Elevated was not under construction until the mid-1870s. But the street proportions do not make sense. The corner closest to us which is undeveloped would be Fifth Avenue? How could there be buildings to the rear of the church, if that is not itself an avenue?
The stereoview scene looks more like we are looking up or down an avenue not a street, even a wide one like 34th Street.
Below is a photo of the Broadway Tabernacle taken in 1901. Across Sixth Avenue, along Broadway, Macy’s Department Store is under construction.
The similarity between the Broadway Tabernacle and our stereoview is in the tower section of the church and its Gothic arches at the top, along with the spires that are on top of it. There is also the slanted roof which is about the right height in comparison to the tower. There are also small brownstone buildings that are immediately adjacent to the church in both photographs. Are they the same? I am unsure.
So we will ask our readers: does anyone have any ideas where the stereoview was taken?