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“TWO POCKET-BOOK THIEVES HELD” – May 25, 1882

From the New York Times, May 25, 1882: A WARNING TO LADIES WHO CARRY THEIR PURSES EXPOSED IN THE STREETS. Mrs. Mary McDonald, of No. 454 West Thirty-fourth-street, was passing along Thirtieth-street, near Fourth-avenue, shortly after 6 o’clock on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Snapshot: 1942 Demolition of the 2nd Avenue Elevated

Originally constructed from 1878-1880, and expanded through the early 20th century to eventually serve east Manhattan from South Ferry all the way to 125th Street,┬áthe Second Avenue Elevated Line was ultimately demolished during the summer of 1942. Once one of … Continue reading

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Building the NYC Subway: Construction Photos from 1901-04

The first subway line to stretch across Manhattan started at City Hall and crawled uptown to Grand Central via what is now the 4/5/6 line. At Grand Central, all trains turned west and followed what is now the Shuttle to … Continue reading

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A Policeman Near Herald Square in 1896

Staten Island photographer Alice Austen snapped this casual scene of a policeman standing on a cobblestone-sheathed Broadway near West 36th Street in 1896. Behind him, the architectural details of the New York Herald Building are on splendid display. The building, … Continue reading

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The Empire State Building: Constructing the World’s Tallest Tower in just 17 Months

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