No sleek boutique hotels stand out in this vintage postcard view of Cooper Square at the turn of the last century.
Instead, there’s an elevated train on the Third Avenue side, streetcars and horse-drawn carriages on Fourth Avenue, and a little pedestrian activity on the sidewalk.
The yellow building on the right, at 61 Cooper Square, is the former Metropolitan Savings Bank, built in 1867. It’s still there—still sporting some of the coolest Victorian windows and roof in the neighborhood.
Is that a horse fountain at the bottom right?
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