What New York City looked like at the Turn of the 20th Century

At the starting of the 1900s, New York took the lead internationally in combating diseases like diphtheria and yellow fever, which affected the people very badly, especially in the slums of Manhattan. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, the city became a world center for industry, commerce, and communication, marking its rising influence with such events as the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909. Significant steps were taken to draw vast numbers of women into the workforce.

New York’s flourishing culture industries also opened up multiple opportunities for women workers. New York City has a wide range of architectural styles and skyscrapers. With the turn of the 19th century, the city witnessed a rapid increase in modern architecture construction. Such as the Flatiron Building (Fuller Building) was completed in 1902, the Grand Central Terminal in 1903, and the Plaza Hotel, which was completed in 1907, which was inspired by the beauty of French chateaus; Henry Janeway Hardenbergh designed the Plaza.

Have a look at these stunning historical snaps compiled by Bygonely that will take you back to the New York City in the early 1900s.

#6 Times Square, The old New York Times building, 1908

#23 Polo Grounds former home of the Yankees & Giants, 1910

#32 New York Central Lines – Hudson Street & Vestry Street, 1900

#46 The Acorn Musee, 14th Street and Union Square West, 1909

#53 First actual work at Bleecker and Greene Streets, 1900

#54 Edward Levick. Mayor McClellan on first subway trip. 1904

#55 East River with Welfare Island in the background, 1910

#58 Four story saloon and restaurant between Hamilton and Lorraine Street, 1904

#66 Balmer’s Bathing Pavilion on Coney Island, New York, 1900

#67 Balmer’s Bathing Pavilion on Coney Island, New York, 1900

#70 Drinking trough (Probably in Central Park), New York, 1914

#73 Pell Street in Chinatown. The Chinese Delmonico is visible back right, New York, 1914

#80 The Battery Place elevated station near One Broadway (Washington Building), 1921

#81 Near Bowling Green and old Standard Oil Building, New York, 1924

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