New York City from 1905 to 1910

1905: Photographing NYC from 18 Stories

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.

1908: The Heart of Downtown New York City

A panoramic photograph of Manhattan’s downtown skyline, including City Hall and the Singer Building.

1908: Excavations for Grand Central Station

Construction workers clear several stories of earth and rock to lay the groundwork for what would become one of the city’s most busy and thriving transit network.

1905: Construction of Grand Central Terminal

Excavation and construction of railroad tracks several stories beneath New York City’s pavement to create a well-trafficked station for NYC transit.

1908: The First Tracks of Grand Central Station

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.

1905: Construction Workers on the 27th Floor of the New Times Building

Workmen risking their lives 27 stories above ground at the construction site of the new “Times” Building, New York City.

1908: Times Square, New York

A daytime photograph of Times Square and the New Times Building.

1905: Main Concourse at Pennsylvania Station

A photograph which illustrates the great style, symmetry and lighting of Penn Station’s Main Concourse.

1905: Main Waiting Room at Pennsylvania Station

Interior view of Penn Station’s famously opulent waiting room, with its high vaulted ceilings and turn-of-the-century stonework.

1905: Track Level and Concourses at Pennsylvania Station

Interior view of Penn Station’s concourses, drenched by the sun due to the greenhouse-inspired design of its glass ceiling.

1904: City Hall Subway Station

Interior view of City Hall’s newly completed subway station.

1906: Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn New York

Aerial view of the Plaza at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York.

1905: Elevated (L) Station at Chatham Square

Chatham Square was an express station on the demolished IRT Third Avenue Line. Its lower level had two tracks and one island platform serving trains of the IRT Second and Third Avenue Lines.

1905: Manhattan Entrance to Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan commuters flock near the entrance to the pedestrian walkway and elevated train station of the Brooklyn Bridge.

1906: Emigrants in the Pens at Ellis Island

Crowds will the rows, or “pens” at Ellis Island, probably on or near Christmas as evidenced by the decorations.

1907: Arriving at Ellis Island

Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island for processing in 1907.

1909: Pedestrians in Chinatown

A Chinese-American man walking with son on the street in NYC’s Chinatown district.

1909: Praying On the Williamsburg Bridge

A group of Jewish citizens recite prayers on the pedestrian path of the Williamsburg Bridge for the Jewish New Year.

1905: Concert in Central Park

Spectators enjoy a musical performance at one of Central Park’s pavilions.

1905: Lake and Terrace at Central Park

A small crowd gathers near Bethesda Fountain to enjoy pleasant weather and boat rides on the lake.

1905: The Belmont Coach on Fifth Avenue

The street is packed with the traffic of horses and carriages at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 59th Street.

1908: Meeting of the Unemployed at Union Square

Photograph shows unemployed men and boys meeting in Union Square, New York City.

1905: Riverside Drive, New York City

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.

1906: Broad Street Lunch Carts

Street vendors selling hotdogs and lemonade on Broad Street in Manhattan.

1905: Children Playing Near a Dead Horse

Poor sanitary conditions have become commonplace, as evidenced by this photo of children play in the street gutter within a few feet of a dead horse.

1908: Catching Goldfish in Union Square

Children trying to catch goldfish in the remaining puddles of Union Square’s Fountain.

1909: Downtown Broadway

Photograph of a busy downtown street, Looking up Broadway from Custom House.

1906: Elevated Railroad at 8th Avenue

Horses and carriages move along the underpass of the elevated train tracks following 8th Avenue.

1908: Italian Street Vendors

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.

1905: Blizzard on 23rd Street

Rows of carriages on 23rd Street are blockaded from the January 24th storm which covered the city in 11" of snow.

1908: Wagons Removing Snow

Photograph shows a line of horse-drawn wagons hauling snow after a blizzard in New York City.

1909: New York City Police Department

A group of New York City police officers pose together in front of a precinct.

1909: Chinatown Decorated for New Year

Photograph of Mott Street decorated for New Year, Jan. 21, 1909 – looking toward Port Arthur restaurant.

1907: Macy's Building and Herald Square

Shoppers and commuters fill Herald Square in front of Macy’s famous department store.

1907: Union Square Fountain

A close-up view of the Union Square Fountain with the Metropolitan Building in the background.

1909: Hotels from the Lake in Central Park

A photograph shot from the perspective of the lake at Central Park towards the luxury hotels which form the skyline.

1909: Dutch Dancers at The Waldorf

A group of young dancers in traditional Dutch attire dance at the rooftop terrace of The Waldorf Astoria.

1909: Half Moon on The Hudson

Henry Hudsons’ vessel, the “Half Moon” is reconstructed and sailed in the river as part of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909.

1908: The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges

An iconic view of the both East River bridges with downtown Manhattan in the background and plenty of traffic in the East River.

1908: Aerial View of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn

Spectacular view, looking east from the Singer Tower – all three East River Bridges are visible from this perspective.

1907: Election Night in Times Square

Voters congregate near the Times Building at the “Great White Way” (Broadway from 42nd to 34th Sts.)


New York City Before 10,000 BC

A Visual History of Mannahatta to New Amsterdam up to Present Day.

Learn about NYC’s fascinating past and explore the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.

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