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.
Manhattan commuters flock near the entrance to the pedestrian walkway and elevated train station of the Brooklyn Bridge.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Crowds will the rows, or "pens" at Ellis Island, probably on or near Christmas as evidenced by the decorations.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island for processing in 1907.Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.
A Chinese-American man walking with son on the street in NYC's Chinatown district.Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.
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.
Spectators enjoy a musical performance at one of Central Park's pavilions.Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.
A small crowd gathers near Bethesda Fountain to enjoy pleasant weather and boat rides on the lake.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
The street is packed with the traffic of horses and carriages at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 59th Street.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
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.
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.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Street vendors selling hotdogs and lemonade on Broad Street in Manhattan.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
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.
Children trying to catch goldfish in the remaining puddles of Union Square's Fountain.Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of a busy downtown street, Looking up Broadway from Custom House.Artist Credit: Stereo Travel Company. Reprinted with permission.
Horses and carriages move along the underpass of the elevated train tracks following 8th Avenue.Artist Credit: Standard Scenic Company. Reprinted with permission.
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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