The whole different New York City in 1900

I’ve found some pictures with New York City from 1900s. Today, the places in the following pictures are no longer what they were. Because of the post-World War II economic boom, American cities have seen massive demolitions to make space for cars and parking lots. At the same time, in the 1920s, buildings were demolished to make room for other people. In fact, this is always the case. I decided to show you the unknown New York.

1. The oldest building in Manhattan: Morris Jumel Mansion.

2. Battery Park. The round building is Fort Clinton (1808). It managed to be a citadel, immigration station, city aquarium, beer hall, theater, museum and exhibition hall.

3. The red building is the Washington Building (1882). In 1921 it was rebuilt, completely changing the façade and renaming it to the United States Lines – the Panama Pacific Lines Building. Now the building is called Broadway 1. In the back is Bowling Green Building (1896) where White Star Line’s office, which belonged to the Titanic, is located.

4. Gillender Building (1897-1910). It was built at the corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street. Now in this place is the Bankers Trust Building (1912).

5. Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Hights (1850).

6. Town Hall Building (1811). Left: Home Life Building (1894) and Postal Telegraph Building (1894) (red brick). The high building behind the City Hall’s tower is the Broadway Chambers Building (1900).

7. Laundry Monday. The laundry is hung behind the housing blocks.

8. Protestant Marble Collegiate Church on 5th Avenue.

9. St. Paul Building (1868-1958). Now in its place is Western Electric Building (1961). To the right is St. Paul’s Chapel.

10. The Trinity Church (1846). It was the tallest building in New York for 44 years.

11. 5th avenue. On the left is Central Park, and to the right Mrs. Astor mansion (1893-1926). Caroline Astor was the wife of William Astor, the great real estate seller and son of John Jacob Astor, one of the richest men ever since.

12. Columbia University Library (1895). In front is Villa Macy (1885), the body for the rich patients of the Bloomingdale Psychiatric Hospital, which is here. In 1892, the land was sold to the Colombian University, and all of the bodies outside Villa Macy were demolished.

13. High Bridge (1848). The oldest bridge in New York.

14. The Circle. Since 1926 it’s called the Grand Army Square. The large and red building in the center is the Montauk Club (1889).

15. Obelisk “Cleopatra’s Needle” in Central Park. This is the oldest (1450 BC) structure in New York. It was brought from Egypt in 1880.

16. Triumphal Arch in Madison Square (1899-1900). It was a temporary construction.

17.Newspaper Row (now it’s Park Row). Here were the offices of the great New York newspapers. From left to right: World Building (1890-1955) was the office of The New York World, which belonged to Joseph Pulitzer. The first building built in New York Higher than the Trinity Church and the tallest building in the world between 1890 and 1894. It was demolished. The clock building is Tribune Building (1875-1966) and was the New York Tribune office. The gray on the right is the New York Times Building (1889).

18. The 5th avenue intersection and 51th street. The front building is the grand palace of William Henry Vanderbilt, which occupies an entire neighborhood. It was built in 1882 and demolished in 1927. Behind it was Petit Château (1882-1926), a mansion built for his son William Kissam Vanderbilt.

19. Railroad above 3d avenue (1878-1955). On the left is Bowery Bank (1895).

20. The Statue of Liberty (1886) and Liberty Island.

Text by Claudiu C. CREȚU

Photography via Library of Congress

© The Bunget Arts & Culture


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