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.