What Bowling Green looked like in 1907

Or close to 1907; that’s the date stamped on the back of this penny postcard.

The red Queen Anne beauty on the left at One Broadway is the 1885 Washington Building; it was remodeled in 1921 in the Beaux-Arts fashion and still stands today.

Teardrop-shaped Bowling Green has a fascinating history. In the 17th century it was a Dutch colonial cattle market and parade ground before becoming the city’s first public park in 1733, leased to nearby landowners who promised to pretty it up for “one peppercorn a year.”

The landowners added trees, a fence, and of course, an eponymous bowling green for the then-popular sport of lawn bowling.

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