Looking north from Cooper Square in 1912

That’s the date on the postmark. But judging by the fact that there are no cars on the road yet—only horses, wagons, and elevated tracks—I’d say this postcard image was taken earlier.

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12 Responses to “Looking north from Cooper Square in 1912”

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  2. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    A little grassy park area…except by the early 60s there were no benches or seats and the grass had been paved over with concrete, which certainly didn’t look very inviting. I never saw anyone there except for a few wino’s fallen by the fence.

  3. Josie Says:

    Great photo! I guess that’s the Third Avenue El, torn down in 1955 or so.

    The old grassy triangle is paved and fenced along the streets, but it’s still very green, bordered with tall trees, open to the public, and there are some benches.

  4. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Haven’t been there in over 25 years, was concretized and very brutal from what I remember. Plus the drunken Bowery was a few blocks south and not like it is now.

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  6. Richard Says:

    Just walked past this very spot and there are ten trees growing there — bare of leaves at this time of year, of course — but there’s still a lot of room for improvement on the site.

  7. T.J. Connick Says:

    Must be 1910 or earlier. By winter of 1910-1911, Tompkins Market Armory (rightmost building in the shot) was being razed. Must be 1903 or later. Third Ave el was electrified April, 1903.

  8. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks TJ for identifying the building on the right. Wish it was still there.

  9. Alan Kusov Says:

    When I attended Cooper Union, we would always be confronted by large numbers of mice (not rats) in the Triangle Park. Someone mentioned to me once that underneath the park is an abandoned basement of possibly a bath house and that all the mice have made it their home.

  10. Michelle... Says:

    Look closer…there is a single car on the left side of the photo.

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