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.
Vendors line up on Mulberry Street and draw a large crowd of shoppers taking advantage of the open-air market.
Interior view of immigrants seated on long benches and awaiting processing at the Main Hall of the Immigration Station at Ellis Island
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.
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.
Immigrants ready for travel with baggages lined up at teller's windows marked money exchange.
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.
An exterior perspective of Immigration Station at Ellis Island, with ferry docked at the adjacent pier.
A photograph of the piers at Wall Street with two large boats docked and a Colgate carriage with horses parked on the promenade.
A picture of pedestrians on Mulberry Street, located in the heart of a bustling Italian neighborhood.
Children purchasing snacks from a street vendor on West 42nd Street.
A man with an eyepatch and facial scars asking for spare change from a passing pedestrian.
Photograph of a man selling flowers to customers, framed by large bouquets against the iconic backdrop of the surrounding buildings.
Photograph of a busy scene on the Bowery as pedestrians make their way across the street and under the elevated overpass.
Photograph of an Italian watchmaker's shop. An older woman reads the newspaper as a pedestrian observes.
A woman buys flowers from a vendor in Union Square, surrounded by local children.
Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.
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