How little Union Square has changed since 1910

What I love most about this vintage postcard is that so many of the buildings on the 17th Street side of Union Square going up Broadway still exist.


The Tammany Hall building on Park Avenue South and 17th Street hasn’t gone up yet. Nor has the W Hotel building across the street.

But there’s the brand-new Everett Building on the opposite corner, and the 1881 Queen Anne-style Century Building next door, the current home of Barnes & Noble. On the corner is 860 Broadway. It’s now a Petco, but once housed the last incarnation of Andy Warhol’s Factory as well as a basement club.

Union Square changed a lot in its first century of existence, as this post reveals.

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6 Responses to “How little Union Square has changed since 1910”

  1. Bookpod Says:

    In the late ‘seventies, I worked for a short-lived news service at 17 West 17th Street. I had no idea that the old Tammany Hall building was just down the street — and I bet none of my fellow “antidisestablishmentarianists” did either.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I doubt many of the students attending the New York Film Academy know that this building once housed Tammany Hall. There’s a lot of history on that corner!

  3. BabyDave Says:

    Great postcard.
    (P.S. Actually, the last incarnation of the Warhol “Factory” was a T-shaped building that ran from 32nd to 33rd Street just west of Madison Avenue, and out to the avenue. I believe it has been torn down.)

  4. Pinball29 Says:

    The club in the basement was a gay disco, the Underground.

  5. Dan Says:

    I worked in a building on Union Square in 1993-4, before the expansion of the southern end of the Square. The buldings around the square are mostly the same but the way the Square is used in the daytime is completely different. I used to each lunch w/ two or three companions in the dugout portion in the north end of the square, where a restaurant is now. There were just a few picnic tables there at the time. On winter days, we were the only ones in the park. On summer days, there was still plenty of space on the benches.

  6. trilby1895 Says:

    I, as well, love that view showing the Park’s north section in the vintage post card. Thanks for sharing, Ephemeral.

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