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7 Old Ads Of New York Businesses From 1874

How Macy’s, Tiffany & Co. And Other New York Firms Advertised Their Businesses In 1874 The 1874 book New York Past and Present by Charles Edwin Prescott (Mercantile Publishing) contains interesting advertising which provides a look at how various companies … Continue reading

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Mutilating The Main Branch Of The New York Public Library

Who Cares That New York’s Landmark Library Is About To Be Marred As Part Of A Sweetheart Land Grab Deal? Who cares? Apparently less than 100 people. That is about the number of protesters who showed up on Wednesday, May … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #28

New York City In Old Color Photographs At The Turn Of The Century Life was colorful in turn of the century New York City. But because almost all the photographs we see from that era are in black and white, … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #27

Fifth Avenue Looking North From 51st Street – 1913 In this one hundred year old view of Fifth Avenue, we see some of the many methods of transportation that New Yorker’s took to get around the city. A double-decker Fifth … Continue reading

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Old New York in Postcards #5

Postcards of Old New York -  Featuring Broadway and Fifth Avenue These postcards generally depict New York from 1900 – 1920. We are concentrating this batch on the well traveled areas of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. As the brief description … Continue reading

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All New York City Sidewalks Are Not Created Equal

What Is The Width Of The Sidewalks In Manhattan? Following up on our November 19, story, All New York City Streets Are Not Created Equal, the 1904 World Almanac has a list of the width of Manhattan’s sidewalks. The chart … Continue reading

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Riding A Turn Of The Century New York Stagecoach

New York Transportation In The Early 1900′s Hamilton Fish Armstrong was the longtime editor of the magazine Foreign Affairs. His charming memoir, Those Days published in 1963 by Harper and Row is a wonderfully evocative description of an upper middle … Continue reading

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Old New York in Photos #19

Traffic Signal -  Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, 1922 The Beginning of New York City’s Traffic Lights This ornate traffic light, was one of seven put up in New York City on the heavily traveled Fifth Avenue in 1922. The … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #17

The Easter Parade, circa 1900 This view of Fifth Avenue at the turn of the century shows New York City holding its famous Easter Parade. The parade, famous for its display of beautiful bonnets and fancy hats, has been occurring since the … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #15

42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 1928 A street level photograph looking east on 42nd Street towards 5th Avenue on a chilly day in 1928. On the left side of the photograph and just to the right of the twin street … Continue reading

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