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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: Cab Stand at Madison Square Park

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

1902: Flatiron Building Under Construction

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

1903: Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park

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

1904: Grand Central Station Waiting Room

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

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.

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

1900: Brooklyn Bridge, New York

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

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.

1900: City Hall Park

Aerial photograph of City Hall Park and surrounding buildings.

1900: The Bowery near Grand Street

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

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.

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.

1904: Construction of New Pennsylvania Station

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

1904: Waterfront on West Street

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

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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