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June 6, 2014

Old Photographs of Streets of New York City From the 1890s

In the 19th century New York City became America's largest city as well as a fascinating metropolis. Characters such as Washington Irving, Phineas T. Barnum, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Jacob Astor made their names in New York City. And despite blights on the city, such as the Five Points slum or the notorious 1863 Draft Riots, the city grew and prospered. These amazing vintage photographs show what New York looked like in the late 19th century...

42nd Street, 1890

5th Avenue and 14th Street, 1890

Central Park Ice Skating, 1890

Park Avenue South, 1890

Central Park West, 1890

The Dakota at Central Park West, 1890

Gansevoort Market Meatpacking District, 1890

New York Stock Exchange, 1890

Laying cable line for trolleys in Union Square, 1891

Broadway and Union Square, 1892

Grand Central, 1893

Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, 1894

The Puck Building, 1895

First Electric Taxis, 1896

Newsies, 1896

Brooklyn Bridge, 1896

Brooklyn Bridge Subway Tracks, 1897

5th Avenue and 59th Street, 1897

Newspaper Row, 1897

Bowling Green Park, 1898

Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan, 1899

Police Parade, Bowler Hats, Hardly Any Women, 1899

South Street Ferry Building, 1899

Tiffany's, Union Square, 1899

High Bridge (The Aqueduct Bridge), 1899

Waldorf Astoria Original Site at 5th Ave and 35th Street, 1899

Little Italy, 1899


  1. The picture labeled as "Broadway and Union Square, 1892" is actually Wall Street and Broad Street, probably the same year.

  2. All these buildings from another world.




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