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Daily News Building
Empire State Building
George Washington Bridge
Grand Central Station
Metropolitan Life Building
New York Hospital
New York Pubilc Library
3rd Ave El
3rd Ave. El at 23rd Street, NY Life Building in Background, 1955The first subway in NY was a one block long ‘secret’ tunnel between Murry and Warren Streets in downtown Manhattan. It used a 50 ton fan that could push the train to the next station and beyond. Kept secret so that the then corrupt mayor, ‘Boss’ Tweed, wouldn’t know about it until completion in 1870.
There were three elevated subway lines in Manhattan until the 1950s. They consisted of the 2nd, 3rd and 9th Ave 'els'. The building in the background is the headquarters for the Con Edison electrical company, located at 4 Irving Place and build by architectural firm Warren & Wetmore, who's most popular work was Grand Central Terminal. This shot is of the 3rd Ave. El, taken on 3rd Ave. near 14th Street.
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