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Taken in 1912, this is one of our earliest photos of the park. It shows West 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, about where the W.R. Grace building is now, and a zillion benches lining paths inside the park. All of those buildings have been razed and replaced, and in many cases, their replacements replaced.

In the early years, Bryant Park had winding paths lined with benches. Here, a couple sits facing West Street, near today's ski-sloped Grace Building.

NEW YORK CITY 1940s

Midcentury view of the Third Avenue El at Street with the Chrysler Building in the background. The Third Avenue elevated line ran from the late until

A look at the Central Park's wall and the surrounding area, from the Dakota, in 1890. (via New York: An Illustrated History)

Upper West Side, NY 1890 (taken from The Dakota). Looking south toward street the southernmost end of Central Park, Columbus Circle where the Time Warner Center stands today.

The New York Public Library and Bryant Park, New York. 1910-1920

๑ Nineteen Fourteen ๑ historical happenings, fashion, art & style from a century ago - The park was a different place in with winding paths and the recently built New York Public Library, where the Reservoir once stood. Photo by Library of Congress.

New York circa 1906. "Gorham Co. building, Fifth Avenue and 36th Street." New headquarters, designed by Stanford White, of the noted silver-making concern.

Gorham Silver Building, New York circa Fifth Avenue and Street. Designed by Stanford White, of the noted silver-making concern.

Developer Dan Vanderkam collaborated with the New York Public Library the plot old photos of New York City on an interactive map.

Developer Dan Vanderkam collaborated with the New York Public Library the plot old photos of New York City on an interactive map.

OldNYC shows 40,000 historical images from the New York Public Library's Milstein Collection on a map. Find photos of your apartment,…

Nassau Street and Wall Street (showing the under-construction Bankers Trust Building and the Hanover National Bank Building), 1911

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