Vintage Photograph Shows West 42nd Street and Bryant Park in Midtown Circa 1890

Looking West Towards Sixth Avenue On 42nd Street – 1890s
Looking West Towards Sixth Avenue On 42nd Street – 1890s
Photo: SNCA

This vintage photograph was snapped sometime in the early 1890s on 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, looking West. On the left is Bryant Park. Here is a Google Street View of this same view today.

Take in everything seen here; the steel tracks; horse drawn trolley; cobblestone street; streetlight; elevated station; civilized people and human scaled buildings. With the exception of Bryant Park which has been remodeled several times in the intervening years, today not a single item remains from our main photograph.

Check out the full article on Stuff Nobody Cares About for more analysis of the vintage photograph.

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