Tuesday, November 22, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: 123rd and Broadway circa 1910

A photo from 1910 shows the intersection of Broadway and 123rd Street as it was originally planned a century ago.  The fancy prewar buildings with their decorative elements would be considered slums towards the mid 20th century and several blocks were demolished from this corner up to 125th Street to form the Morningside Gardens and Grant Houses as part towers in the park model of housing set in motion at that point in history.  At the far left, one can see the wall that separates the 1 train as it ascends from its underground tunnel.

Thaddeus Wilkerson, Broadway north from 123rd Street, ca. 1910 via the Museum of the City of New York

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