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Old New York In Photos #60

Broadway on the Upper West Side Close-up Circa 1908

Details Of Life and Architecture From One Photograph

Broadway 70th closeup of people(Click to enlarge any of the photographs.)

From the Detroit Publishing Company comes a great photograph showing the busy thoroughfare of Broadway on the upper west side of Manhattan. The photo above is just one detailed portion of the main photograph (see below).

By zooming in we can clearly observe details otherwise unnoticed. We see three children taking in the sights of the city while riding in the back of an open horse drawn wagon. Pedestrians walk across the street without being too concerned about the light vehicular traffic. Notice the woman in the center of the photo holding up her dress slightly so it did not scrape the street. But it wasn’t just women who were careful: all New Yorkers had to be rather adept at avoiding horse urine and manure that littered the streets. On the right, horse waste can clearly be seen near the man stepping off the curb.

But where exactly are we on Broadway?

Here is the answer…

Broadway north from 70th streetWe are looking north on Broadway from 70th Street to about 79th Street. There are two main buildings that stand out in the photograph. On the right between 71st and 72nd Streets is The Dorilton, an exceptionally ornate apartment building by architects Janes & Leo, completed in 1902. On the left on the northwest corner of 73nd Street, just beyond the subway station, is the Ansonia Apartment Hotel completed in 1904.

Broadway 70th closeup subway station trolleyZooming in again on the details in the center portion of the photo, trolley number 3061 makes its way down Broadway, passing the  subway station of the IRT at 72nd Street. It appears workers are repairing or painting the doors leading to the station.

Now let’s look at some other details. Continue reading

Old New York In Photos #18

Henry Hudson Parkway and Riverside Park December 6, 1937

Photo © Ben Heller (Underwood & Underwood)

Looking north from 72nd Street on December 6 , 1937 we see the newly opened stretch of The Henry Hudson Parkway.

Headed by Robert Moses, the West Side Improvement project was built between 1934 and 1937. One of the main parts of the improvement, was the connection of The West Side Express Highway to The Henry Hudson Parkway.

The 6.7 mile parkway stretch from 72nd to Dyckman Streets cost $23,340,000, and was opened to the public on October 12, 1937.  This portion of roadway connected to the 4.5 miles of the parkway from Dyckman Street in Manhattan to near Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx that was opened on December 12, 1936.

A motorist could now drive uninterrupted from Canal Street on the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan through the Henry Hudson Parkway, all the way to the city line at Westchester to the Saw Mill River Parkway in about twenty minutes.  As you can see, traffic was not a problem then, as few New Yorker’s owned automobiles.

The city also created 78 acres of play area with children’s playgrounds, ball fields and tennis courts.  A total of 132 acres of new park land was created by filling land under water and covering railroad tracks.

In the photograph, you can see the boat basin at 79th Street is under construction. In the background is the single-decked George Washington Bridge. The lower level of the bridge was added in 1962.