Photographer Robert L. Bracklow took lots of excellent photos of buildings in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His photos are in the collection of the New-York Historical Society.
Here are a few of the Upper West Side below (click on the photos to enlarge them). At the time, the neighborhood was undergoing rapid growth because of the development of the elevated train system.
West End Avenue or Columbus Avenue at W. 86th Street, New York City, 1898:
The ad on the fence is for the New York Times. We’ve enlarged it below:
W. 81st St. & the Boulevard (now Broadway), New York City, 1898:
Building under construction on Riverside Drive at W. 83rd Street, with signs advertising windows for sale for the Grant Parade, New York City, 1897:
Advertisements and a small business at the corner of Eighth Avenue and W. 86th Street, New York City, 1898:
What’s amazing is there’s a woman who appears to have set up a shop (or maybe she’s selling food?) in the midst of those billboards on the corner:
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