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History of NYC - 1905 to 1910

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.

1907: Arriving at Ellis Island

Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island for processing in 1907.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1909: Pedestrians in Chinatown

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

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1905: Concert in Central Park

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

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1905: Central Park - Lake and Terrace

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

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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.

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1908: Meeting of the Unemployed at Union Square

Unemployed men and boys meet in Union Square, which as the name implies was a common meeting point for both celebrations and protests.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

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.

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1906: Broad Street Lunch Carts

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

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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.

Artist Credit: Joseph Byron. Reprinted with permission.

1908: Catching Goldfish in Union Square

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

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1909: Downtown Broadway

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

Artist Credit: Stereo Travel Company. Reprinted with permission.

1906: Elevated Railroad at 8th Avenue

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

Artist Credit: Standard Scenic Company. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

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.

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