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.
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.
Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring 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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