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Old New York In Photos #39

Union Square Looking East Along 14th Street From University Place – February 1954 It is a brisk February morning in 1954 and on the left is Union Square Park. But dominating this view in the center of the photograph is … Continue reading

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Banning Cars On City Streets In Manhattan – Not A New Idea

Fifth Avenue – Sans Cars 1970 The Story Of Mayor John Lindsay’s Pedestrian Malls While many environmental and safety groups bandy about various schemes for making streets safer for pedestrians by removing or limiting cars from city streets, the idea … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #38

Fifth Avenue Looking North From 44th Street 1923 There is a lot of activity in this photograph taken in 1923 showing Fifth Avenue looking north from 44th Street. No traffic signals impede the two way traffic which runs on the … Continue reading

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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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