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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.

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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