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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.

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: Importance of Women in Lenape Culture

Colorized photograph of a mother and daughter of the Lenape tribe - the last of New York City's indigenous inhabitants at the turn of the century.

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.

1900: Blind Man Asking for Spare Change

A blind man asking for spare change.

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.

1904: 14th Street Store at 6th Avenue

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

1900: Bowling Green and Lower Broadway

A colorized photochrom print depicting an aerial view of Bowling Green and its surrounding buildings.

1900: Grand Central Station

Photograph of the Grand Central Railroad Train Depot Terminal on 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.

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.

1900: The Croton Reservoir

Photograph of the old Croton Reservoir prior to it's demolition at what is now the Great Lawn in Central Park.

1900: Columbia College - 116th Street and Broadway

Aerial photograph showing Columbia University Campus looking north from Broadway and 116th Street.

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.

1900: Grand Army Plaza

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

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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