On any given day, this corner of Union Square is packed with pedestrians and choked with buses and taxis.
But this 1905 postcard depicts a quiet, sparsely populated square. Maybe it’s early in the morning, and the social justice protests that often took place here aren’t scheduled to start until later.
And the dance halls and cheap theaters lining Broadway did brisk business the night before.
Mysteriously, it looks like Union Square East is cordoned off from Broadway by rope. And what about that bronze George Washington equestrian statue in the middle of the street?
The oldest sculpture in any city park, it was unveiled in 1856, then moved inside the park in 1930 to protect it from traffic.
Here’s an equally lovely view of Union Square from the same decade.
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