Times Square: crossroads of the world in 1910

Is this Times Square, or 23rd Street facing the Flatiron Building? It’s clearly 42nd Street, with the card focused on the New York Times building that gave the square its name in 1904.


But when I first looked at the postcard, I immediately thought Flatiron.

Trolleys, traffic, ladies carrying umbrellas . . . and the Hotel Cadillac is on the left. What stories that building would be able to tell, if only it still existed.

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8 Responses to “Times Square: crossroads of the world in 1910”

  1. Scott Fuchs Says:

    One story that the Cadillac could tell is that the adjacent
    [on the NE corner of 43rd] Barnett House, which was annexed by the Cadillac sometime after 1888, was the birthplace of Eugene O’Neill.

  2. marylandis Says:

    One of the unmarried Tredwell sisters (Sarah) who lived at 29 East Fourth Street—what is now the Merchant’s House Museum—left the family home to live at the Hotel Cadillac for some years. She is reputed to have been known for her card parties there.

  3. Bob_in_MA Says:

    Isn’t the building still there? Buried under all the electronic crap that makes Times Square so tacky?

  4. arcruz34481 Says:

    There is another type of Flatiron building on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx on or near 167th street, it is a five story apartment building but it divides a street into two just like the Flatiron and there is another in Mosholu Parkway Avenue. These building are just beautiful architecture that can’t be done today, it would be too expensive to add so much architectural detail.

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  6. Joe_In_NYC Says:

    Actually, it is my understanding that Bob_in_MA is correct. Beneath the billboards and electronic signs, is the old NYTimes bldg. It had been long-since stripped of its exterior ornamentation (exterior replaced with flat, unspectacular stone-appearing skin. But the skeleton and internal spaces are the original building. The Times building had never been razed, and replaced with a new structure.

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