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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: Blind Man Asking for Spare Change

A blind man asking for spare change.

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1900: Peter Cooper Monument

Following Cooper's death in 1883, Augustus Saint-Gaudens was commissioned to design a monument in honor of the great visionary.

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1904: 14th Street Store at 6th Avenue

Henry Seigel's 14th Street Store, opened in 1904 on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets.

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1900: The Columbus Monument

Manhattan's Columbus Monument was created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo as the city's 1892 commemoration of Columbus' landing 400 years prior.

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1900: Fifth Avenue, North of 51st Street

A view of Fifth Avenue, from the perspective of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Photograph includes the Vanderbilt family mansions.

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1900: Grand Army Plaza

A view at the corner of 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, on the Southwest corner of Central Park

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1903: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photograph of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870. In the foreground a busy street filled with pedestrians, horses and carriages.

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1900: Cab Stand at Madison Square Park

Two women passing a row of horse-drawn carriages as they walk alongside Madison Square Park.

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1902: Flatiron Building Under Construction

Construction of the Flatiron Building by George A. Fuller Construction Company in 1902.

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1903: Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park

Families stroll through Madison Square Park, its trees framing the recently completed Flatiron Building.

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1904: Grand Central Station Waiting Room

Interior view of Grand Central's waiting room, completed in October of 1900

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1903: New York Times Building Under Construction

New York Times Building Under Construction at One Times Square. Completed in 1904 to serve as the headquarters of The New York Times.

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1901: Rapid Transit Construction Work at Union Square

Rapid transit construction work at Union Square at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 14th Street, New York City, June 8, 1901

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1900: Brooklyn Bridge, New York

A perspective of Brooklyn from the Brooklyn Bridge, framed by a B.M.T. train and commuters in 1900.

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1900: Elevated Railroad at Chatham Square

Located at the intersecton of Bowery and Division Street, Chatham Square was an express station on the IRT Third Avenue Line. It had two levels.

Artist Credit: Benjamin West Kilburn. Reprinted with permission.

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