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Ladies Day – Rowing On The Harlem River Circa 1905

Ladies Get Ready For Rowing At An Annual Regatta On The Harlem River At the turn of the century, the male dominated rowing clubs of New York City, Long Island and Hoboken would hold regattas and invite the fairer sex … Continue reading

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When The New York City Subway Opened On October 27, 1904

20 Cool Facts About The New York City Subway When It Was Brand New 109 years ago on October 27, 1904, the New York City Subway was opened to an enthusiastic public with great fanfare and accolades. New Yorker’s were … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #31

The Garbage Strike of 1911 This photograph shows First Avenue and 50th street looking north. A policeman is running after boys who were harassing and chasing a garbage truck (to the left of the trolley) driven by a strike-breaker (now … Continue reading

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Old New York In Photos #30

Heat Waves In New York And Children Cooling Off As New York City endures a heat wave this week, realize that for the majority of the 20th century there was virtually no air conditioning in most homes. The streets provided … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary Of The New York City Draft Riots

July 13, 1863 The Civil War Draft Riots Begin + Related Book Recommendations If you’ve watched Martin Scorcese’s 2002 film The Gangs of New York, you saw a vivid depiction of what the Civil War Draft Riots may have looked … Continue reading

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Things You Didn’t Know About The George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge Was Going To Have Its Steel Towers Covered In Stone The George Washington Bridge seen here during construction in 1930, was built from 1927 until 1931. Architect Cass Gilbert intended its towers to be sheathed in … Continue reading

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Crime In New York In 1852

“Charged With The Most Heinous Crimes” In The New-York Daily Times of August 3, 1852 on page 3 there appears a summary of events occurring in New York City. The most interesting parts comprising this article of brief news items … Continue reading

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First Pneumatic Mail Delivery In New York 1897

The Pneumatic Mail Tubes And The “Age of Speed” Reading Howard Wallace Connelly’s highly entertaining 1931 autobiography Fifty-Six Years In The New York Post Office-  A Human Interest Story of Real Happenings in the Postal Service (self-published) the following anecdote … 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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How The Super Wealthy Woman Of 1903 Lived

“Free To Indulge Her Whims and Fads In Whatever Way The Gay World Of Society, And Her Own Inclination, May Lead Or Tempt Her” Let’s say you are the wife of a turn of the century financier. How do you … Continue reading

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