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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.

1896: View of Brooklyn Bridge

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1899: Canal Street and Broadway

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

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