Old New York in Photos #4

Park Avenue, 1935

For a brief period there was a park in the middle of Park Avenue. This is not it. When road lanes were widened in the 1920’s the pedestrian plaza with benches were removed and replaced with a park like median which is surrounded by fencing and has no public access.

Looking north from around 38th street, Grand Central Terminal is in the middle of this photograph and behind it is the New York Central Building (currently called the Helmsley Building.)

Almost all of the buildings in the photograph have been demolished and replaced with large office and apartment buildings. The same vantage point today would have The New York Central Building hidden behind the MetLife Building (formerly the Pan Am Building.)

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