A beautiful day on the Boulevard

Morningside Heights looks like a country village in this 1895 photo, facing south from 114th Street. 


“The Boulevard” referred to the main artery bridging 59th Street to Harlem. Eventually it was absorbed into the northern extension of Broadway; those wide roads and the tree-lined center mall are still recognizable. No more bicyclists riding leisurely though.

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3 Responses to “A beautiful day on the Boulevard”

  1. Boris Says:

    Well, we will see bicyclists between 59th and 23rd by the end of this year, although I don’t know if their pace will be “leisurely.” But if we get another four years of Bloomberg, we may see bikes in Morningside Heights, too.

  2. petey Says:

    the low buildings, the wide street, the sky, it’s poignant to see what manhattan looked like once. of course, there was no air conditioning.

  3. East Harlem’s upper-class tenement names « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] The Boulevard is on Lexington and 124th Street. “Boulevard” has such an upper-crust ring to it. Maybe Lexington Avenue was supposed to rival the tree-lined Boulevard on the West Side. […]

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