26 Incredible Photos Of New York City Before It Became New York City

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When America’s biggest city was mostly farmland.

Construction of Madison Avenue. 1836.
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Junction of Broadway and Eighth Avenue. 1862.
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Central Park from Eighth Avenue. 1862.
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Church of the Holy Trinity, the site of the future Grand Central Station. 1864.
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Looking north from 106th Street on Eighth Avenue. 1869.
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Leonard W. Jerome Mansion at 32 East 26th Street. 1877.
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Brennan Farmhouse at 84th Street and Broadway. 1879.
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Carnegie Hill. 1882.
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Manhattan Bridge during construction, circa 1901.
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Intersection of Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. 1883.
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Dakota Apartments at Central Park West and 72nd Street. 1884.
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Lenox Farm at the corner of 71st Street and Madison Avenue. 1885.
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Workers clearing rocks to build 81st Street at Ninth Avenue. 1886.
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Columbus Circle. 1892.
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New York City Hall. 1893.
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Corner of Fifth Avenue and 118th Street. 1894.
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Squatters’ shacks on Fifth Avenue and 101st Street. 1894.
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Bloomingdale Asylum entry gate in Morningside Heights. 1895.
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Workers building the extension of New York’s Eastern Parkway. 1896.
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The southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 124th Street. 1898.
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The Bronx. 1898.
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Inwood Hill seen from West 204th Street. 1899.
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Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, The Bronx. 1899.
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Columbus Circle. 1900.
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New York University. 1901.
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Sheep’s Meadow, Central Park. 1906.
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