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History of NYC - 1900 to 1905

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, NYC was growing by leaps and bounds. The city would see many landmarks constructed during this era, including the Williamsburg Bridge, the Flatiron Building, Macy’s at Herald Square and Luna Park, which we know today as Coney Island. The NYC Subway system was also completed, and would contribute greatly to the growth of local businesses and the facility of commuting for the city’s now bustling population of 3.4 million inhabitants.

1900: Mulberry Street Markets

Vendors line up on Mulberry Street and draw a large crowd of shoppers taking advantage of the open-air market.

1902: Main Hall at Ellis Island's Immigration Station

Interior view of immigrants seated on long benches and awaiting processing at the Main Hall of the Immigration Station at Ellis Island

1904: Immigrants at Ellis Island, New York Harbor

Immigrants waiting to be processed at Ellis Island. New York had become a Wonder City and beacon of hope for people all over the world.

1902: Immigrants Being Served a Meal at Ellis Island

The facility at Ellis Island was equipped with a dining hall which was often used to provide free food for weary travelers after their long voyage.

1902: Money Exchange at Ellis Island's Immigrant Station

Immigrants ready for travel with baggages lined up at teller's windows marked money exchange.

1902: Ellis Island Immigrants Bound For Manhattan

A line of immigrants has passed all phases of inspection at Ellis Island and await the ferry to Manhattan where they will begin their new lives.

1902: Immigrant Station at Ellis Island

An exterior perspective of Immigration Station at Ellis Island, with ferry docked at the adjacent pier.

1900: Piers at the Foot of Wall Street

A photograph of the piers at Wall Street with two large boats docked and a Colgate carriage with horses parked on the promenade.

1900: Mulberry Street in Little Italy

A picture of pedestrians on Mulberry Street, located in the heart of a bustling Italian neighborhood.

1900: Peanut Stand at West 42nd Street

Children purchasing snacks from a street vendor on West 42nd Street.

1901: Man Asking for Spare Change

A man with an eyepatch and facial scars asking for spare change from a passing pedestrian.

1900: Easter Flower Market on Union Square

Photograph of a man selling flowers to customers, framed by large bouquets against the iconic backdrop of the surrounding buildings.

1901: Under the Elevated Railroad at the Bowery

Photograph of a busy scene on the Bowery as pedestrians make their way across the street and under the elevated overpass.

1900: Italian Watchmaker's Shop in Manhattan

Photograph of an Italian watchmaker's shop. An older woman reads the newspaper as a pedestrian observes.

1900: Buying Easter Flowers in Union Square, New York

A woman buys flowers from a vendor in Union Square, surrounded by local children.


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