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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.

1908: Wagons Removing Snow

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

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1909: New York City Police Department

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

Artist Credit: W.O. Lewin. Reprinted with permission.

1909: Chinatown Decorated for New Year

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1907: Macy's Building and Herald Square

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

Artist Credit: Irving Underhill. Reprinted with permission.

1907: Union Square Fountain

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

Artist Credit: Standard Scenic Company. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1909: Dutch Dancers at The Waldorf

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

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1907: Election Night in Times Square

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

Artist Credit: H.C. White Co. Reprinted with permission.

Next Chapter: History of NYC - 1910 to 1915

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History of NYC - 10,000+ Years Ago

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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