What can one say about New York except that it is one of the world's great cities, full of life, atmosphere,
friendly people and some amazing architecture. OK it has its not so good points too, but so does everywhere
else, and as cities go this is one of the best !
Municipal Building, New York City
"The Whitehall Building, on Battery Place, between West and
Washington Streets, is the largest single office building in the world.
The original building, 20 stories, 254 feet high, was finished in 1903 at
a cost of $1,000,000; the new addition of 32 stories, 416 feet high, was
finished in 1911, and cost $4,600,000. The building covers 21 city lots.
Home of the Weather Bureau and of the Millionaires' Club."   
Rockefeller Center, NYC
A rather strange postcard of the Rockefeller Centre, probably from an
architect's sketch.  
Whitehall Building, New York City
Braodway and 5th Avenue, NYC
Flatiron Building, NYC
St Paul Building, NYC
The St Paul Building by night - an unused and thus undated postcard.    
St Paul Building, night view
Woolworth Building, NYC
"The Trinity Building is located at 111 Broadway just south of Trinity
Church. It is a magnificent modern office building of pure Gothic
architecture rising to a height of 308 feet and resting on 70 pneumatic
caissons, each one sunk 75 feet below the sidewalk. The United
Realty Building just north is connected by a bridge near the top of the
The Trinity Building was completed in 1905, the Realty in 1907. Click
here for images from another website.   
Trinity and United Realty Buildings
Cooper Square, NYC
Grand Central Terminal, NYC
42nd Street, NYC
"The Grand Central Terminal covers 69.8 acres facing East 42nd Street, from Vanderbilt to Lexington
Avenue, the largest and most costly Railroad Station in the world. It has 31 miles of tracks under cover, with a
capacity for handling 200 trains and 70,000 passengers each hour. There are 42 tracks for long distance
trains on the 42nd Street level, and 25 tracks for suburban trains in concourse, 25 feet below the Street."   )
"Cooper Square where Fourth and Third Avenues merge into the Bowery. Cooper Union was founded by
Peter Cooper in 1859. It is a free school of science and art with an endowment of $4,000,000. The Bible House
built in 1852 by American Bible Society has issued 90,000,000 Bibles in 95 years."  
Madison Square Garden, NYC
Fifth Avenue, NYC
"Madison Square Garden occupies an entire city block from Madison
to Fourth Avenue and 36th to 37th Streets. It is the largest
Amphitheatre in America, the interior being 300 by 200 feet, 80 feet
high with an arena 268x122 feet, seating capacity 12,000. The tower is
341 feet high, statue of Diana is 13 feet high. Erected in 1890 at a cost
of $3,000,000." This was the second of four Madison Square Gardens,
built in 1890 and demolished in 1925.
Claremont, NYC
Public Library, NYC
Historic Claremont, Riverside Drive.
"Claremont Restaurant is one of the historic land marks of the city, being located along Riverside Drive, on a
bluff overlooking Grant's Tomb. It was modeled after Lord Cleve's historic Claremont in Surrey, England,
which is now owned by King George. Claremont was once the residence of Joseph Bonaparte who was made
King of Spain by Napoleon."
It has been difficult to find much  about this place - click on
this link.   
This postcard was mailed in 1906. It's an interesting view of the Bowery, spoiled by having had "sparkle"
glued on it - this was quite common in the 1900s and was thought by some to enhance the cards !!
The Woolworth Building.
"Cathedral of Commerce. Highest Building in the World. Height 792 ft.
69 stories. Gothic Architecture. 12,000 people occupy the building.
There are 3,000 offices. Contains 24 High Speed Elevators that can
travel at the rate of 750 feet per minute. The Power Plant generates
sufficient electrical energy to supply the requirements of a city of
50,000 population."
Trinity Church, NYC
Seventh Avenue, NYC
Three more views of the Flatiron Building - which is very photogenic !!  the left hand card is from 1911, the centre from 1909 and that on the right is unused and thus undated.  
Elevated Railway, NYC
Old Postcard, New York City, Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge in the 1940s.  Click here for a live webcam view
of the bridge.
This postcard shows the view from the Fuller Building at 23rd St, Broadway and 5th Avenue. This was the first
Fuller Building and is better known as the
Flatiron Building - the second Fuller is on East 57th.   
"Seventh Avenue uptown is one of the main thoroughfares and is lined on both sides with prominent and
imposing apartment buildings. 125th (sic) Street is the center of the uptown shopping district. Many of New
York's finest apartment buildings are to be found in this section."   
"42nd Street is now the most prominent Street in New York. It is the very center of the theatre and Hotel
district most of the large play houses and hotels being located on 42nd or nearby streets. This view is taken
from the front of Grand Central Station."   
"New York Public Library is located on Fifth Avenue covering two entire blocks from 40th to 42nd Streets. It is
built entirely of marble and cost $9,000,000. The corner stone was laid Nov 10 1902 - the library was opened
May 23rd 1911. The main stock room is 270 feet long, contains 1,600,000 volumes and has 7,000 periodicals
on file."   
The Elevated Railway - click on the link for an excellent website with loads of information !!.     
"The new Municipal Building on Park Row, facing City Hall Park,
completed 1913, 34 stories (15 in tower), contains offices for the
various city departments. Its foundation, the most difficult ever
constructed, consists of 116 pneumatic caissons, sunk in some
places 260 feet below street level."
A 1909 postcard of the Flatiron Building.
A 1908 postcard of the St Paul Building on Broadway and Ann Street,
built between 1895 and 1898 and demolished in 1958. When
completed, this 315 feet building was the tallest in New York City.
"The Woolworth Building, just completed, occupies a plot 152 X 197
feet at Broadway and Barclay Streets. It is the tallest building in the
world, rising to a height of 750 feet 55 stories above the ground. The
foundation consists of caissons 19 feet in diameter sunk to bedrock
110 to 130 feet below the ground. Total cost is estimated at
$15,000,000. "
The building was completed in 1913, so this dates this postcard.   
"Fifth Avenue North from 42nd Street, formerly a center of fashion, is
now a congested retail business district, some of New York's leading
retail stores being located here. The City's foremost clubs are located
near 43rd, 44th and 45th Streets. Delmonico's Restaurant, founded in
1828 is at 44th Street."     
"Trinity Church is located on Broadway at the head of Wall Street.
Trinity is said to be the wealthiest parish in the world, owning
£10,000,000 worth of real estate in the lower part of the city. Trinity
church was founded in 1696, this being the third building on this site,
completed in 1846. $40,000 bronze doors and a $100,000 marble altar,
donated by the Astor Family."
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Old Postcard, New York City, Herald Square, Macey's
A great postcard of Herald Square and Macy's - or at least that's what it says on the postcard ! However, one
of our "viewers", a NYC resident, has pointed out the postcard manufacturer's error.  The large, white
building which dominates the picture is in fact not Macy's but the old Saks department store, and the square
is Greeley Square, not Herald Square.   Macy's is the building behind Saks (with two flags on the roof).  The
postcard also shows the
Sixth Avenue Elevated Railway which was built in the 1870s and finally demolished
in 1939. Thanks, Neil, for the information.
Click here for more old postcards of NYC !
Did You Know........that the film actor Jeff
Chandler was born in Brooklyn in 1918 ?
And Did You Know........that Danny Kaye,
the actor, singer and comedian, was also
born in Brooklyn, in 1913 ?
Did You Know........that Robert de
Niro, the film actor, director and
producer, was born in New York City ?
And Did You Know........that Douglas
Fairbanks Jr, the actor and World War 2 Naval
Officer, was born in New York City in 1909 ?
His father was the actor
Douglas Fairbanks.
Did You Know.........that the composer and pianist George
Gershwin was born in Brooklyn in 1898 ? His older brother Ira, the
lyricist, with whom he collaborated in much of his work, was also
born in NYC, in 1896.
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