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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: The Bowery near Grand Street

A steam-powered locomotive awaits boarding passengers on the Bowery's elevated train line near Grand Street.

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1900: Elevated Tracks on Sixth Avenue North of 14th Street

Crowds of shoppers fill the busy streets north of 14th Street in the shade of the elevated train which once ran along 6th Avenue.

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1900: Man on Derrick Load at the New Union Square Building

Construction worker perched 5 stories above the ground during the construction of a new building at Union Square.

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1904: Construction of New Pennsylvania Station

Aerial view of the New Pennsylvania Station whose construction is nearly complete.

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1904: Waterfront on West Street

View along waterfront on West Street with many freight wagons, street cars and the buzz of daily activity.

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1902: The Speedway near High Bridge

The Harlem River Speedway was opened in 1898, inviting sightseers to enjoy the spectacular views of the new waterfront esplanade.

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1904: City Hall Subway Station Under Construction

Construction underway at the City Hall Loop. In 1904, the first subway train departed from City Hall station with Mayor McClellan at the controls.

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1903: Opening of Williamsburg Bridge

The Williamsburg Bridge opened on December 19, 1903, at a cost of $24.2 million. At the time it was the longest suspension bridge span in the world.

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1904: The Whitehall Building

The original Whitehall Building was constructed from 1902 as a speculative office building designed by architect Henry Hardenbergh.

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1903: Broadway and Times Building

One Times Square was completed in 1904 to serve as the headquarters of The New York Times, which officially moved into the building in January 1905

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1903: New York Times Building

Photograph of the New York Times Building. Though construction was complete, the New York Times would not officially take residence there until 1905.

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1904: Times Square at Night

The bright lights of Times Square are not a new phenomenon as this picture reveals, albeit on a much smaller scale.

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