Union Square is one of the oldest public squares in New York City. It has seen many iterations of park layouts and designs, transportation options, and even a horse-drawn cable system called the Cable Road.
In this great slideshow compilation video from Vimeo uploader Lyndon Lorenz, see shots of the Union Square and the Cable Road over the past century and a half.
Apparently the Cable Road was a horse-drawn trolley system. The images shown here are credited to photographers C.C. Lang ill and William Gray, and are dated to 1891. The final scene features actual motion picture footage looking north from 17th Street, shot by Thomas Edison’s American Mutoscope Company.