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8 images of NYC in the early 1900s

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 22, 2012, 8:06 a.m.
Broadway in 1900 in New York City

Photo: Detroit Publishing Company/Wikimedia Commons

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Looking up Broadway from Dey Street

This image was shot in 1900 and was taken from Dey Street looking up toward Broadway. Today this spot is a block from where the World Trade Center towers stood. Broadway, a major thoroughfare even then, was packed with trolley cars with the occasional horse-drawn cart on the side. It's amazing to see that many trolley cars in one place — there are at least 15 cars that I can see just on a stretch of five or six blocks.