Vintage Colorized Photograph Shows a Busy Herald Square and 6th Ave El in 1905

Herald Square, N.Y., N.Y., 1905. Colorized by Zoe Martin
Herald Square, N.Y., N.Y., 1905. Colorized by Zoe Martin
Photo: Zoe Martin

This incredible vintage photograph from 1905 shows a busy midday in Manhattan's Herald Square, looking north from just south of 34th Street and 6th Avenue. You can see the square's namesake building in the center of the image, the long-demolished 6th Avenue El, and even the original New York Times building in the background. Here is a Google StreetView of how the view from the same approximate angle looks today:

Check out the specimen page on the Library of Congress for more info on the original black and white photograph, or Zoe Martin's webpage for more on the colorization artist.

via r/nyc

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