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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: 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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: The Manhattan Bridge, New York and Brooklyn

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Riverside Drive from 74th Street

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: The New York Public Library and Bryant Park

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Elevated Railroad Through Herald Square

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1910: Christmas Shopping on Sixth Avenue

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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.

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