Gary Nilsen

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Earliest Known Photo of Wall Street, New York - 1860s

Earliest Known Photo of Wall Street, New York - 1860s

A Times Square then and now. 42nd Street, the 'dead horse' shot looking west on the top . We say the area had horse stables in the LongAcre Square era, but in photos it appears not to have had much else. You can see that by the 1908 photo the stables have been replaced with the Hammerstein Vitoria theater, and the most famous crossroads in the world has already experienced great change in just 20 years and is already establishing itself as a busy theater section.

A Times Square then and now. 42nd Street, the 'dead horse' shot looking west on the top . We say the area had horse stables in the LongAcre Square era, but in photos it appears not to have had much else. You can see that by the 1908 photo the stables have been replaced with the Hammerstein Vitoria theater, and the most famous crossroads in the world has already experienced great change in just 20 years and is already establishing itself as a busy theater section.

1869.... 54th and Broadway, NYC

1869.... 54th and Broadway, NYC

The Arsenal, 1900, 64th Street and 5th Avenue. It's still there today. It actually predates Central Park.

A History of the Central Park Arsenal, a Building Simultaneously Used as a Zoo and Police Precinct. Built in 1851 before the park, the Central Park Arsenal has been home to zoo animals, the police precinct, and the Department of Parks.