The City’s magnetic personality continues to attract a growing and culturally diverse population. Travelers, migrants and fugitives would be drawn to its shores from across the globe to take their shot at the American Dream. During this time the transit system would grow exponentially. Two of the city’s largest hubs, Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station, were already beginning to take shape – their construction representing the ambition of the city itself and connecting the colorful tapestry of people who would define the life and vibe in New York for generations to come.
A photographer shooting the skyline 18 stories above pavement of Fifth Avenue, as he sits on a thin support beam of a skyscraper under construction.
A panoramic photograph of Manhattan's downtown skyline, including City Hall and the Singer Building.
Construction workers clear several stories of earth and rock to lay the groundwork for what would become one of the city's most busy transit network.
Construction on Grand Central Terminal started on June 19, 1903, as New York state legislature would ban all steam trains in Manhattan by 1908.
A straight perspective following the direction of the newly laid train tracks which would help to service thousands, and eventually millions of commuters a day.
A crowd of pedestrians pass the entrance of Grand Central Terminal with horse carriages and trolleys visible on the street.
Workmen risking their lives 27 stories above ground at the construction site of the new "Times" Building, New York City.
A daytime photograph of Times Square and the New Times Building, with pedestrians and trolleys in the foreground.
A photograph which illustrates the great style, symmetry and lighting of Penn Station's Main Concourse.
Interior view of Penn Station's famously opulent waiting room, with its high vaulted ceilings and turn-of-the-century stonework.
Interior view of Penn Station's concourses, drenched by the sun due to the greenhouse-inspired design of its glass ceiling.
A three quarter perspective shows the tracks, concourses and exits of a brightly illuminated Penn Station.
Aerial photograph of South Street Seaport with the East River and Brooklyn Bridge in the background.
Aerial view of the Plaza at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York.
Chatham Square was an express station on the demolished IRT Third Avenue Line. Its lower level served trains of the IRT Second and Third Avenue Lines.
Manhattan commuters flock near the entrance to the pedestrian walkway and elevated train station of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Crowds will the rows, or "pens" at Ellis Island, probably on or near Christmas as evidenced by the decorations.
Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island for processing in 1907.
A Chinese-American man walking with son on the street in NYC's Chinatown district.
A group of Jewish citizens recite prayers on the pedestrian path of the Williamsburg Bridge for the Jewish New Year.
Spectators enjoy a musical performance at one of Central Park's pavilions.
A small crowd gathers near Bethesda Fountain to enjoy pleasant weather and boat rides on the lake.
The street is packed with the traffic of horses and carriages at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 59th Street.
Unemployed men and boys meet in Union Square, which as the name implies was a common meeting point for both celebrations and protests.
Horse and carriage making its way along Riverside Drive, an avenue which was opened in 1880 and was well-used by walkers, bikers, and drivers.
Street vendors selling hotdogs and lemonade on Broad Street in Manhattan.
Children (all but one seem to be barefoot) playing in the street gutter around puddles of filth and raw sewage, sitting just within a few feet of a dead horse.
Children trying to catch goldfish in the remaining puddles of Union Square's Fountain.
Photograph of a busy downtown street, Looking up Broadway from Custom House.
Horses and carriages move along the underpass of the elevated train tracks following 8th Avenue.
A few of many street vendors selling their goods at the Italian Feast of San Gennaro, which is still celebrated in a similar manner today.
Photograph looking east from Sixth Avenue, on 23rd Street. Rows of carriages are blockaded from the January 24th storm which covered the city in 11" of snow.
Photograph shows a line of horse-drawn wagons hauling snow after a blizzard in New York City.
A group of New York City police officers pose together in front of a precinct.
Photograph of Mott Street decorated for New Year, Jan. 21, 1909 - looking toward Port Arthur restaurant.
Shoppers and commuters fill Herald Square in front of Macy's famous department store.
A close-up view of the Union Square Fountain with the Metropolitan Building in the background.
A photograph shot from the perspective of the lake at Central Park towards the luxury hotels which form the skyline.
A group of young dancers in traditional Dutch attire dance at the rooftop terrace of The Waldorf Astoria.
Henry Hudsons' vessel, the "Half Moon" is reconstructed and sailed in the river as part of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909.
An iconic view of the both East River bridges with downtown Manhattan in the background and plenty of traffic in the East River.
Spectacular view, looking east from the Singer Tower - all three East River Bridges are visible from this perspective.
Voters congregate near the Times Building at the "Great White Way" (Broadway from 42nd to 34th Sts.)
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