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The year is 1899. This is New York City at the top of Broadway. The horseless carriage would soon make its arrival on city streets, yet as we see from the tracks in the foreground, trolley cars were in abundance. With the influx of immigrants from Europe, along with the borough of Queens and Staten Island officially joining the city, Gotham’s population had swelled to 3,500,000.
This photo appears to have been taken in the spring. New Yorkers had recently dug their way out from under the Great Blizzard of ’99. In July, the city’s newsboys, aka “newsies”, would go on strike. Just a bit of background behind the lives of the people of the New York City of 115 years ago.