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History of NYC - 1890s

The 1890s were a pivotal point in NYC history. Washington Square Arch, Carnegie Hall are built and the New York Public Library established while the U.S. Immigrant Inspection Station begins operating on Ellis Island. The City of Greater New York created, consolidating the existing City of New York with the eastern Bronx, Brooklyn, most of Queens County, and Staten Island.

1890: Aerial View of The Battery

The Port of New York - a bird's eye view from the Battery, looking south.

Artist Credit: Currier & Ives. Reprinted with permission.

1898: Dewey Arch

The Dewey Arch was a triumphal arch that stood from 1899 to 1900 at Madison Square in Manhattan. It was erected for a parade in honor of Admiral George Dewey.

Artist Credit: Detroit Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission.

1890: Newspaper Row

An aerial photograph of Park Row, also known as Newspaper Row as it became the epicenter of 19th century news.

Artist Credit: Detroit Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission.

1890: New York Streetcar

Photograph of commuters waiting to board a New York City streetcar, headed towards 23rd Street and Broadway.

Artist Credit: Joseph Byron. Reprinted with permission.

1893: The Terminal, Old Post Office

Photograph of horse drawn trolleys on a snow covered street in Manhattan

Artist Credit: Alfred Stieglitz. Reprinted with permission.

1896: New York City Bicycle Messenger

Photograph of a young messenger posing with his bicycle.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1899: The Waldorf Astoria

Photograph of the Waldorf-Astoria built in 1893 on 5th Avenue, south from 35th Street.

Artist Credit: J.S. Johnston. Reprinted with permission.

1899: Jewish Market on the East Side

Photograph of a busy East side street lined with Jewish markets and filled with pedestrians.

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1893: Union Square, Looking Southwest

Aerial photograph above Union Square filled with people and horses and the Lincoln Statue in the foreground.

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1894: The Decker Building, Union Square

Photograph of the Decker Building overlooking Union Square. The structure was completed in 1892 for the Decker Brothers piano company, and designed by John H. Edelmann.

Artist Credit: J.S. Johnston. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Union Square Cab Driver

Photograph of a hansom driver standing in front of horse and cab.

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1895: Broadway and John Street

Photograph of Broadway near John Street filled with carriages and pedestrians.

Artist Credit: A. Loeffler. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Along the Bowery

Photograph showing elevated railroad, delivery wagons, streetcars, buildings and people in lower Manhattan.

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1890: Statue of Liberty

Photograph of the Statue of Liberty with her torch illuminating the sky over New York Harbor.

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1895: Fulton Ferry Brooklyn Bridge

Photograph of the Fulton Ferry crossing the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

Artist Credit: Detroit Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission.

1896: View of Brooklyn Bridge

Photograph of boats in the East River docked near the Brooklyn Bridge.

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1898: Brooklyn Bridge Terminal

Photograph of the curved overpass at Brooklyn Terminal, New York & Brooklyn Bridge.

Artist Credit: Geo. P. Hall & Son. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Street Sweeper and Broom

Photograph of a city worker sweeping the street in front of a corner grocery store.

Artist Credit: Elizabeth Alice Austen. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Horse Drawn Ash Cart

Photograph of a horse drawn cart and a man collecting ashes from local furnaces.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Horse Drawn Carts on a Snow Covered Street

Photograph taken for a poster design of a winter scene on a snowy street.

Artist Credit: Alfred Stieglitz. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Saint Paul's Church and Astor House

Photograph of a busy street in front of Saint Paul's Church and Astor House.

Artist Credit: Alfred S. Campbell. Reprinted with permission.

1896: Grand Central Depot

Photograph of a street scene in front of Grand Central Depot, at the time the largest interior space in the nation.

Artist Credit: Alfred S. Campbell. Reprinted with permission.

1897: 16th Street and 6th Avenue

Photograph looking down the tracks of the elevated railroad on 6th Avenue near 16th Street.

Artist Credit: A. Loeffler. Reprinted with permission.

1897: Dedication of Grant's Tomb

Photograph of mourners gathering for the dedication of Grant's Tomb taken from the river front.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1897: The Waldorf Astoria

Photograph of the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel, taken from the corner of East 49th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Artist Credit: Detroit Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission.

1899: Old Reservoir at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

Photograph of the Croton Distributing Reservoir at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue which it supplied the city with drinking water during the 19th century.

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1899: Canal Street and Broadway

Photograph of traffic on the corner of Canal Street and Broadway.

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1896: Men Loading Horse-Drawn Snow Carts

Photograph of the streets after a blizzard, snow carts have been deployed to clear the roads for traffic.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1899: Snow Carts at the river after a Blizzard

Photograph of snow carts lined up next to the river to dump snow after a blizzard.

Artist Credit: Detroit Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission.

1899: Street in Harlem After a Blizzard

Photograph of a Harlem street covered in snow after the blizzard of Feb. 13, 1899.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1897: The Glow of Night

Photograph of a rain soaked street, illuminated by streetlamps which are reflected on the ground.

Artist Credit: Alfred Stieglitz. Reprinted with permission.

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