A cider vender sets up beside the Brooklyn Bridge

In contemporary New York City, all kinds of food trucks line up along Union Square, the Meatpacking District, and other crowded areas—hoping to sell their treats to a lunch or late-night crowd.


More than a hundred years ago, the proprietors behind this cider wagon, on the left parked beside the lamppost, had the same idea. They set up shop on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge entrance, across from a busy elevated railroad terminal.

Parkrow1905Food vendors at the time were busy selling buttermilk, pretzels, potatoes, and lemonade. It looks like cider was a popular street beverage too.

The flags in the windows on the left give the impression that a national holiday just happened or is about to occur. The presence of the cider wagon makes me think it’s autumn.

Here’s a slightly different view of the same scene from 1905.

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4 Responses to “A cider vender sets up beside the Brooklyn Bridge”

  1. Force Tube Avenue Says:

    Thanks for the picture. It’s a place that is still there, but with many dramatic changes. By the way, I don’t think those are flags, but red and white striped awnings, from the pre-air conditioned era.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    On second glance, I think you’re right about the awnings. So maybe it’s a crisp October day, perfect for a glass of cider.

  3. Laura4NYC Says:

    what great pictures! Nothing like traveling back in time to see what New York used to be! 🙂

  4. Gabriel Lori Says:

    Love it!!

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