125th Street Second Avenue Elevated Station-circa 1940

125th Street Second Avenue Elevated Station-circa 1940

125th St looking west from Second Ave.
The 3rd Avenue Elevated is in the background.

Source: http://warofyesterday.blogspot.com/search?q=125th+street

Tenement Interior- Circa 1900-1910

Tenement Interior- Circa 1900-1910

Publisher: Detroit Publishing Company. From the Library of Congress digital archives.


Second Avenue and East 115th Street in 1901

E.115th 1901 mcny East 115th Street in 1901 (Second Avenue and  E. 115th Street. Looking South East, October 15th, 1901.) Notice the store sign to the upper center of this photo. The name of the store is R. Backer, Dealer in Mens and Youths Clothing. It was located at 2230 East 115th Street.

This photo is from the online digital collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

Opening Day in Jefferson Park. From the MCNY digital archives.

Opening Day in Jefferson Park

Circa 1902
(From the online digital collection of the Museum of the City of New York.)


Walker Evans street photography from the 1950’s via the Met Museum’s online gallery.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – [16 Views of New York Streets, Possibly for “Street Furniture” Series].

Snapshot: 321 East “a hun 8” on September 28th 1959!


How city kids cooled off in the heat wave of 1953

“Summer in the City!”

Ephemeral New York

A 10-day heat wave left the city blistering in late summer 1953, with record temperatures in the triple digits scalding the streets.

Luckily these city kids living in the vicinity of today’s Nolita (see the ad for 276 Bowery) knew how to keep cool: They opened a fire hydrant.

Life magazine photographer Peter Stackpole captured these wonderful images: the spray coming out high into the Belgian Block street, then a boy aiming a flood of water at his buddy.

The next shots show other kids joining in, with no street traffic getting in their way. And then a policeman apparently puts a stop to it.

It looked like a lot of fun while it lasted. Amazingly, almost every kid is wearing long pants!

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