The horse-drawn carriages of Union Square

It looks like a placid spring or summer day in the postcard of turn-of-the-20th-century Union Square, with carriages waiting for passengers. 

It’s hard to tell, but could that be the George Washington statue way on the left that’s now in the center of the park?

I know it’s not Gandhi. Among other tip-offs, that statue didn’t arrive in the park until 1986.

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8 Responses to “The horse-drawn carriages of Union Square”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    But it’s not even in the park…and look at how tiny the people walking by seem. And it’s up very high too. Very curious…

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I think the Washington statue used to be on that corner. But it doesn’t look like it…maybe another statue.

  3. Force Tube Avenue Says:

    I’m betting it is the statue of Lafayette, sculpted by Bartholdi, which is still in the park, but now at a different spot. I’m looking at the right elbow of the statue as a clue. Take a look at the Lafayette statue and see what you think.

    NYC - Union Square: Marquis de Lafayette statue

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Yep, it looks like Lafayette. Thanks Force Tube.

  5. Sebastian Says:

    The George Washington Statue started his career in the middle of Broadway and 14th Street and was replaced to its current location decades later. So it’s definitely not that.

  6. JP Says:

    The buildings are all wrong. I think we’re looking north/northeast from near where gandhi is now..

  7. evelynyvonnetheriault Says:

    I am the editor of A Festival of Postcards (a regular anthology of online postcards) and while preparing the next Festival I came across your post “A look at the old East 18th Street subway station”. I think it would fit well in the March Festival.
    You can find links to the first 6 Festivals in the upper left hand corner of my home page. Please leave a comment if you’re interested.
    Have a nice day,
    Evelyn in Montreal

  8. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Just came across this pic….GW on his world travels, eh?

    Union Square, Manhattan.

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