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History of NYC - 1910 to 1915

At the dawn of another decade, New York’s expansion and cultural influence show no signs of slowing. The New York Public Library’s main branch was completed and just a few blocks away, Grand Central Terminal was rebuilt to a luxurious standard, moving thousands of commuters a day. Pennsylvania Station – an architectural marvel in its own right was also completed during this time, along with The North River Tunnels which would connect New York with New Jersey.

1910: Pedestrians on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

One of the city's busiest intersections filled with shoppers, commuters. The streets are packed with horses and carriages.

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1910: Panoramic View of Trinity Church

Photograph of an elevated perspective of Trinity Church and its surrounding buildings.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Aerial View of Grand Central Terminal

A bird's eye view of midtown Manhattan featuring the recently completed Grant Central Terminal.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: The Vanderbilt Hotel

Photograph of The Vanderbilt Hotel which was built at 4 Park Avenue, between East 33rd and 34th Street in 1910-13, and designed by Warren & Wetmore.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street. Madison Square is named after James Madison, America's 4th president.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Speyer House on 87th Street

Photograph shows the James Speyer house, to the right, a mansion at 1058 Fifth Avenue, on the southeast corner of 87th Street,

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Pennsylvania Station from Above

Aerial photograph of the newly completed Pennsylvania Station shows off the elaborate masonry and scale of this highly ambitious building.

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1910: Pennsylvania Railroad Station Exterior Facade

Photograph from an elevated perspective showing 32nd and 33rd Street and 7th Avenue and the facade of Pennsylvania Station as horses and carriages pass by.

Artist Credit: W. M. Miller. Reprinted with permission.

1910: East Facade of Pennsylvania Station

Pedestrians walk in front of the recently completed Penn Station - whose opulence and grand design would make it one of the city's most cherished landmarks.

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1910: Pennsylvania Station Interior

Photograph of pedestrians commuting at the Pennsylvania Station, where the Long Island Railroad opened to the public on September the 8th, 1910.

Artist Credit: Samuel H. Gottscho. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Waiting Room at Pennsylvania Station

Passengers in the waiting room at Pennsylvania Station, with statue of Alexander Johnston Cassatt, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

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1910: Keel of New York, Brooklyn Navy Yard,

Photograph of construction workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard building a large timber framed ship from the keel up.

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1910: Building USS New York at Brooklyn Navy Yard

Photograph showing the construction of the USS New York at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Shoeshine Stand on 3rd Avenue and 9th Street

Shoeshine stand beneath the Third Avenue elevated train in the East Village

Artist Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Tending a Shoe Shine Stand on Greenwich Avenue

Photograph of a Frank Villanello, tending his father's shoe shine stand located at 21 Greenwich Avenue

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1910: Tending a News Stand at Bowery & Bond Street

Photograph of Minnie Paster, a 10 year old having to work and tend a newspaper stand at Bowery & Bond

Artist Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Selling Chewing Gum Near a Subway Station

Selling chewing gum near a subway station entrance in the Flatiron District

Artist Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine. Reprinted with permission.

1910: President Roosevelt at NYC Parade

Theodore Roosevelt between Mayor Gaynor and Cornelius Vanderbilt, with hand outstretched to greet Rough Riders at a NYC parade thrown in his honor.

Artist Credit: Paul Thompson. Reprinted with permission.

1910: The City of Ambition

Dramatic image of Manhattan's downtown skyline behind the East River shows steam rising from various smoke stacks. Photographed by Alfred Stieglitz.

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1910: The Manhattan Bridge, New York and Brooklyn

Photograph of the Manhattan Bridge, includes Brooklyn, the East River and downtown Manhattan.

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1910: Riverside Drive from 74th Street

Aerial photograph of the Upper West Side including RIverside Drive north of 74th Street.

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1910: The Narrows, Hudson River

Panoramic vista of the Hudson River Narrows and its once rural environment. A large cruise ship is seen making its way north along the river.

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1910: The New York Public Library and Bryant Park

Photograph of New Yorkers enjoying Bryant Park in front of the New York Public Library.

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1910: Elevated Railroad Through Herald Square

Aerial photograph of the Herald Square elevated railroad and Sixth Avenue near 34th Street.

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1910: Christmas Shopping on Sixth Avenue

Overhead photograph shows Sixth Avenue packed with pedestrians and shoppers along the path of the elevated train.

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1910: Messengers at Union Square

Two young messenger boys converse in front of a carriage near Union Square. Most of the messengers worked for telegraph companies or pharmacies.

Artist Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Horse Overcome by Heat on City Street

A citywide heatwave proves to be challenging for all of its inhabitants, especially horses which were still largely responsible for work and transportation.

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1911: Watering Horses on a Hot Day

Group of men gathered at Union Square helping local horses to stay hydrated during a particularly hot summer.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Free Shower Baths for Horses - Hot Weather Charity

Photograph of a charity which provided free shower baths for horses exhausted from heatwaves which are typical of summer in the city.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Horse Drawn Garbage Wagon on Strike

Photo shows a horse-drawn garbage wagon with its load dumped in the street during a New York City garbage strike which occurred from November 8-11.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Horse-Drawn Fire Engines

Photograph of firemen on their way to the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in Greenwich Village.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Photograph of firemen as they battle the fatal blaze which engulfed the Triangle Waist Company in flames, claiming 146 lives.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Memorial for Fire Victims of Triangle Waist Company

A Trade Union procession for Triangle Waist Co. fire victims. This event would mark the beginning of labor movements and laws to protect workers.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Opening Day at the New York Public Library

Photograph of crowds gathering for the opening of New York's iconic Public Library on May 23rd, 1911.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Longacre Square South

Photograph shows Longacre Square, now named Times Square, with theaters, shops, hotels, and the Times Building.

Artist Credit: Irving Underhill. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Theaters and Hotels at Longacre Square

Photograph of Longacre (Times) Square shows the New York Theatre on left and Hotel Cadillac in the background.

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1911: Wall Street and Nassau Street

Photograph of pedestrians and horse drawn carriages on Wall Street looking, east from Nassau Street.

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1912: Old Woman on Lafayette Street

A senior citizen is doubled over as she carries a stack of textiles across Lafayette Street below Astor Place.

Artist Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine. Reprinted with permission.

1912: Immigrants Looking at Manhattan from Ellis Island

Photograph of immigrants waiting to be transferred at Ellis Island on October 30, 1912. Manhattan's downtown skyline is visible in the distance.

Artist Credit: Underwood & Underwood. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Around the Block for 2 Cents

The automobile would become an attraction all its own. Local children were willing to pay 2 cents ($0.50 today) for a ride around the block.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1911: Orphans Going to Coney Island

Photograph of automobiles lined up to take orphans for a day of fun at Coney Island's famous Luna Park thanks to the efforts of local charities.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1912: Luna Park and Surf Avenue at Coney Island

Photograph shows an overhead view of cars and trolleys making their way down Surf Avenue at the entrance to Coney Island's Luna Park.

Artist Credit: Irving Underhill. Reprinted with permission.

1913: Easter Day on Fifth Avenue

Photograph of Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday. Automobiles had become were already beginning to supplant the city's use of trolleys and horse drawn carriages.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1912: Easter on Fifth Avenue

Photograph of a crowded Fifth Avenue filled with pedestrians and automobiles on Easter Sunday.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1913: 54th Street and 5th Avenue - Easter Day Crowd

Photograph of a large crowd gathered on Fifth Avenue in celebration of Easter.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1913: Fifth Avenue Crowds at 42nd Street

Photo shows Fifth Avenue on Easter day, March 23, 1913. New York Public Library on left and spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral in distance.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1913: Columbus Circle from Above

An aerial perspective of Columbus Circle and Central Park, looking south. The Circle Theater is visible in the foreground.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1913: Madison Park News Stand

Photograph of a street vendor selling newspapers and magazines on Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park.

Artist Credit: Lewis Wickes Hine. Reprinted with permission.

1913: May Day at Union Square

Photograph of a crowded scene at Union Square for May Day - an ancient festival of spring celebrated by European cultures.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1913: Union Square from Above on May Day

Photograph shows overhead view of crowds tightly packed into Union Square for May Day.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1915: Circus Parade on 8th Avenue

Photograph shows lines of circus elephants followed by clowns in a parade looking north on 8th Avenue at West 48th Street.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1912: Yankees History: Frank Farrel and Harry Wolverton

A photograph of Yankees president Frank Farrell making a presentation to team manager Harry Wolverton.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1912: NY Highlanders (Yankees) at Polo Grounds

Photograph showing an aerial perspective of Polo Grounds, where the NY Highlanders have taken the field.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1913: Yankee Fans at The Polo Grounds

Photograph of spectators enjoying a Yankees game at the Polo Grounds.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1913: The Yankee's First World Series at The Polo Grounds

Photograph shows baseball players Christy Mathewson (New York NL) (center) and Jeff Tesreau (New York NL) (left) during a 1913 World Series game.

Artist Credit: George Grantham Bain. Reprinted with permission.

1912: Ferry Docked at Immigration Station, Ellis Island

An excellent overhead view of the front facade of Ellis Island's Immigration Station with a boat docked in front.

Artist Credit: Edwin Levick. Reprinted with permission.

1913: View New York Harbor from Ellis Island

A derby-topped gentleman observing the harbor form the observation roof on one wing of the Immigration Station.

Artist Credit: Edwin Levick. Reprinted with permission.

1914: Downtown Manhattan Skyline

A bird's eye view of Manhattan's famous skyline, including the Singer Building and the newly completed Woolworth Building.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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