CUNY Graduate Center Collection, 34th Street

This collection is a collaborative project between the Mina Rees Library, the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library, and the Gotham Center for New York City History, is a montage of 246 images of Thirty-fourth Street, past and present. Contemporary images were taken by photographer Jeanette O’Keefe during the summer of 2010. These color street shots contrast beautifully with the historic images of Thirty-fourth.

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"The Great Eastern," number 115 East 37th Street, 1865.
An image of tenement buildings with clothing drying on clothes lines that extend from one building to the next; the roof of the building on the upper left has numerous holes.
10th Avenue and 38th Street, Eastern View
Exterior view of Hell's Kitchen tenements. Tenth Avenue and 38th Street.
34th Street (North side) from just east of Ninth Avenue.
This view of 34th Street is looking east. A woman and her two children are walking on the sidewalk as traffic speeds along the street. The Empire State Building can be seen in the distance as well as the large, red sign for the New Yorker.
34th Street East from Fifth Ave, 1880.
Image of 34th Street East from Fifth Avenue dated 1880. The print features cobblestones and upscale residential buildings.
34th Street from 8th Avenue looking east towards the Empire State Building.
A street scene of 34th Street during World War II. Advertisements and cars can be seen as well as people on the sidewalks, standing up against the buildings. In the foreground, a man with a white armband stands in the middle of the street. This appears to be a test of the city’s alert system in case of enemy attack. Thankfully, the alert system was never needed.
34th Street from the East River to 6th Avenue.
This map centers on 34th Street and shows what Midtown Manhattan's 21st Ward looked like in 1867. It features the East River lumber yards, the ferry to Hunters Point, the location of mansions, the railroad engine house (East of 4th Ave), and a number of churches.
34th Street west of Broadway - 6th Ave, Koster & Bials, 1902.
Koster and Bial’s Music Hall on 34th Street and Broadway. Construction work is being done next to the building and pieces of lumber are visible near the sidewalk. The image also features pedestrians and horses and carriages. On the left an advertisement posted on a brick building says “Grand Rapids Furniture Exhibit.”
34th Street, Showing Macy's and the Empire State Building, New York.
Caption reads: "34th Street, showing Macy's and the Empire State Building, New York." View of 34th Street looking east. Shows Macy's on the left with 34th Street in the middle of the picture. To the left looming up in the distance is the Empire State Building.
5th Ave. Traffic, showing Signal Tower, New York.
Color postcard depicting a signal tower and traffic on Fifth Avenue. The log jam includes double-decker buses, cars and pedestrians on the sidewalks.
5th Avenue looking south from 34th Street.
View of 5th Avenue looking south from 34th Street. The Marble Collegiate Church is visible and there are people on the sidewalks and carriages going up and down the street.
A Corner in the Smoking Room of Lambs' Clubhouse, 70 West Thirty Sixth Street.
Image depicting a cozy kitchen-like fireside setting with tables, stools, beer steins and cooking implements. 70 West 36th St.
A Dire Perplexity - Settling with the Cabby. Scene at the entrance to the Thirty-fourth Street Ferry during the racing season.
Two beautifully dressed young women wearing opulent hats standing next to a horse drawn carriage and seem to be in the midst of working out the payment of their fare. 34th Street.
Advertisement for the Long Island City Absolute Auction Sale.
Advertisement for land available for purchase in the Long Island City area right across from Manhattan. It targets people who want to move out of the city, yet desire easy access into and out of the city. The five cents refers to the fare to get into the city by public transportation. The sale was held Saturday, September 25, 1915.
Aerial view, 8th Ave & 34th Street, looking south, Oct. 22, 1942.
Eighth Avenue Traffic Halted - New York - Alert-curious office workers, peering down from buildings at Eighth Avenue and 34th Street saw traffic halted in orderly fashion by helmeted policemen and civilian defense officers. At 2:55 the practice alert over, the stream of Eighth Avenue afternoon traffic continued without mishap.
Air view of the Hotel New Yorker, New York's largest hotel, nearing completion. Eighth Avenue and 34th Street
Aerial view of the Hotel New Yorker. Caption on back of the photograph states "Photograph shows the New Yorker, and Eighth Avenue and 34th Street in the foreground. The New Yorker, which is 45 stories high, and has over 2500 rooms, will open in the middle of December 1929."
An Audience at the Casino.
An image taken from the stage toward a two-level auditorium filled with theatre goers, Broadway at West 39th Street. The orchestra pit and its members are all visible. The audience is well dressed, many men in evening wear. Designed by Architects Kimbal & Wisedell, the Casino Theatre stood on this corner from 1882 to 1930. It was renovated and partially reconstructed in 1905 following a fire. For approximately 50 years, some under the management of the Shuberts, the theatre showed musicals, operettas and vaudeville acts.
At Broadway, between thirty-third and thirty-fourth streets. The policeman is looking down thirty-fourth street.
Exterior view of the Saks & Co. building with pedestrians. Broadway between 33rd and 34th Streets.
At the Lower Corner of the Waldorf-Astoria.
Two well-dressed women and a little girl crossing 33rd Street below the Waldorf-Astoria. There is a horse drawn carriage and several men also in the street, one possibly a flower vendor. Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street.
B. Altman & Co., Corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.
Illustrated northeast exterior view of B. Altman's Store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. Depicts the Fifth Avenue façade.
B. Altman & Co., Detail, Fifth Avenue entrance.
Illustrated exterior view of B. Altman & Co. store, 34th Street.
B. Altman & Co., Fifth Ave., Madison Ave., Thirty-Fourth and Thirty-fifth Sts., New York.
Illustrated front cover depicting Southwest exterior view of B. Altman's department store. Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets
B. Altman Building 34th Street façade.
B. Altman Building 34th Street designed by Trowbridge and Livingston. 365 Fifth Avenue.
B. Altman Building Fifth Avenue entrance canopy.
B. Altman Building Fifth Avenue entrance canopy designed by Trowbridge and Livingston. 365 Fifth Avenue.
B. Altman Building Fifth Avenue façade.
B. Altman Building Fifth Avenue designed by Trowbridge and Livingston. 365 Fifth Avenue.
B. Altman Building elevator cage.
B. Altman Building elevator cage on the lower level opposite the Old York Library. 365 Fifth Avenue.
Bed Room, Stewart's Hotel for Working Women.
Illustration of one of the bedrooms in the Women's Hotel, Fourth Avenue, 32nd and 33rd Streets. Stewart's Hotel for Working Women was commissioned by the wealthy merchant, A.T. Stewart. The hotel opened in 1877 to provide safe housing for the influx of working women into the city. It was soon reopened as a regular hotel in 1878 and renamed the Park Avenue Hotel. The building was demolished in 1927.
Broadway Tabernacle, New York, Cor. Broadway and 34th Street.
Broadway Tabernacle Church, established in 1836, is now the Broadway United Church of Christ.
Broadway and 34th Street (1900)
Now the busiest crossing in New York and a great hotel center. The tower is the old Broadway Tabernacle where the much beloved Dr. Taylor preached until his death. The site was later occupied by the Hotel McAlpin.
Broadway at Night Looking North from Thirty-fourth Street.
This is a vibrant reproduction of a color print by Canadian-born artist Charles William Jefferys (1869-1951) who once worked at the New York Herald. The Broadway Tabernacle Church, the 6th Avenue elevated train, the Herald Building and several theatres, including Koster & Bial's, are depicted. The streets are teaming with cable cars, horse drawn vehicles and pedestrians. Broadway and 34th Street.
Broadway at Thirty-fourth Street, 1888. This site now occupied by the building of Saks & Co.
Corner of Broadway and 34th Street. An aerial view of approximately a dozen storefronts in mid Manhattan featuring signage advertising "Jim Corbetts", the services of trained nurses, a doctor's office, soda and ice cream. Elevated subway tracks and a cable car are also visible.
Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets. Rogers, Peet & Co., Clothing - Macaleen's Loan Office at corner of Thirty-fifth Street.
Exterior view of F. Mohr Furniture Manufacturers building. The image shows streetcars, pedestrians and elevated railroad along Broadway
Broadway between Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Streets.
Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets. Exterior view of Macy's department store's Broadway entrance and Herald Square. The image also depicts horse-drawn carriages, pedestrians and a view of Herald Square.
Broadway, 31st to 32nd Street, 1218 to 1238 - Atlantic Coast Line - Wallack's Theatre - Hiram Walker & Sons, Canadian Club Whiskey - The Men's Shop, Haberdashers - New Grand Hotel.
Exterior view of the Grand Hotel and Wallack's Theatre along with adjoining businesses. Depicts signs, horse-drawn carriage and pedestrian.
Casino Roof Garden, Alice Atherton on the Stage.
Broadway at West 39th Street. This is an overhead photograph of a roof-top entertainment taken from the back of a full audience. There are arched lighting fixtures and performers on the stage. The tower and "hut" which seem to form the back wall of the stage area are architectural features of the building itself rather than set design. Alice Atherton (1854-1899) was a popular stage actress.
Casino Theatre B'way & 39th St. So.
The musical "Experience" is playing at the theatre. Broadway and 39th Street.
Church at 35th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Caption reads: Church at Thirty-Fifth Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, Vol. Three, 244. Church has vines growing up towards the steeple and along the side of the building. Across the street, a row house has its façade also covered in vines.
Church of St. Michael.
424 West 34th Street. The original church building was on West 32nd Street. In 1906, construction of the Pennsylvania Station Rail Road Yard required that the church be moved to West 34th Street.
City blocks of 34th Street between 3rd Avenue and the East River.
This cropped image shows three blocks of 34th Street between 3rd Avenue and the East River. The buildings, colored in red, include the Post Office, Columbia University's School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York. Also visible is the Pennsylvania RR East River tunnel and the ferry terminal to Long Island City.
City blocks of 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 3rd Avenue.
This cropped image shows four blocks of 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 3rd Avenue. The buildings, colored in red, include B. Altman and Company Department Store, Burrell Building, Vanderbilt Hotel, 71st Regiment Armory, 34th Street Theater and the Murray Mill.
City blocks of 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue.
This cropped image shows two blocks between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue and between 33rd Street and 35th Street. The buildings, colored in red, include Saks, R.H. Macy's, Gimbels, Hotel McAlpin, Hotel Pennsylvania and the Empire State Building. On the map, Broadway crosses 6th Avenue and 35th Street to create Herald Square.
City blocks of 34th Street between 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue.
This cropped image shows two blocks of 34th Street between Seventh Avenue and Nineth Avenue and between 33rd Street and 35th Street. The buildings, colored in red, include row houses, lofts, banks, Printing Crafts Building, Pennsylvania Building, Nelson Tower, J.C. Penny Warehouse and Office Building, and the Y.M.C.A. Subway stations also appear.
City blocks of 34th Street between 9th Avenue and 11th Avenue.
This cropped image shows two blocks between Nineth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue and between 33rd Street and 35th Street. The buildings, colored in red, include row houses, garages, the 33rd Street Trucking Company, St. Mary's Hospital for Children, St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, convent and school, a nurses home, the Webster Apartments, the H. Hermann Furniture Company, Haddon Hall, the Wilkes Dispensary, the Master Printers Building and the Haywood Wakefield Company.
Concourse, Pennsylvania Station.
33rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. The concourse is the one area left of old Penn Station, which was torn down in 1969. This photo shows the train announcements board in the concourse.
Construction site for Pennsylvania Station.
Between Seventh and Eighth Avenues and between 31st and 33rd Streets. The caption reads: "New York. The site for the tunnel terminal of the Pennsylvania Railroad, 34th St." Cars are parked along the road running parallel to the site on the right. Penn Station was built in 1910 by McKim, Mead & White. It was demolished in 1963 to build Madison Square Garden.
Crossing of Broadway and Sixth Avenue at 34th Street.
View from 34th Street looking south at Greeley Square. The Union Dime Savings Bank is in the center and the 6th Avenue El train is on the right of the image.
Daly's Theater, Broadway and Thirtieth Street.
Broadway and 30th Street. Curbside photograph of Daly's Theatre that includes several store fronts with billboards occupying the ground floor of the building.

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