THE MORNING LINE ‣ "In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it." —Thucydides, 431 BC
A gallery of some of our favorite photos that we've run of old New York. Click to enlarge.
Broadway south from 42nd Street, around 1908
We like the team-building signs on the left wall of the Travelers Aid Society, 238 East 48th Street, 1909. It was founded two years earlier by Grace Hoadley Dodge, who, for reasons unknown to us, has a Facebook page.
Mayor Fiorello La Guardia throwing out the first pitch, around 1940.
5th Avenue and 42nd Street, around 1924
From a tower of Brooklyn Bridge, around 1910
Gwen Verdon, 1953 Available for purchase from Shorpy
The Blizzard of 1888
Hotel Astor July, 1918 Broadway between West 44th and 45th
Gori's Marble Cutting, 895 Bway [19th/20th] around 1853. Some background on Gori.
Looking south on what will be Columbus Avenue 1879
Today Show window by Frank Larson April, 1954
Birthday celebration for Maurice Ravel, given by singer Éva Gauthier (seated next to Ravel at the piano), March 7, 1928. At far right, George Gershwin.
Listen to Ms. Gauthier sing Nina Boboh, Malay and Javanese slumber song.
Sheep Meadow with sheep
Andy Warhol and Lou Reed at Max's Kansas City.
This lunch stand was located where the playground next to Carmine Street Pool is.
The West Side Cowboys chaperoned freight trains on 10th Avenue—there were so many accidents that 10th had become known as Death Avenue. More on the subject here.
'The tallest buildings in the world' (as the photo is titled) around 1901, a rare color image from the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection in the Library of Congress.
City officials at the future Brooklyn Bridge, 1873
Thorley House of Flowers Charles Thorley opened his first flower shop in 1871 on West Street, and the shop later moved to West 14th, Broadway and 28th and several locations on 5th Avenue.
Cottage Row Houses with wooden porches, Seventh Avenue [12th/13th]
The police are called to Pell Street in Chinatown, 1899
George M. Cohan Here is the original Broadway cast album of George M, a 1968 musical about Cohan's life starring Joel Grey.
Looking south down Fifth Avenue to the then-new St. Regis Hotel, around 1904
The Kings County Wheelmen, a Brooklyn bike club in 1889. The gentleman on the right appears to be checking his iPhone.
What was the world coming to? Women also bike— in Central Park, 1890s.
The first Madison Square Garden, in 1870.
Lafayette Place, north from Great Jones Street, around 1866. One of our favorite old New York photos because it captures a simple moment of street life in a tranquil part of town. Lafayette Place eventually became subsumed by Lafayette Street.