Riverside Drive and the lazy Hudson beside it

It looks like a pleasant spring or summer day on Riverside Drive and in the park beside it, based on this postcard stamped 1916.

Riversidedrivepostcard1916

We’re at 93rd Street. Grant’s Tomb can be seen over the treetops; open-topped automobiles and a double-decker bus share the road. Pedestrians linger on the sidewalks or on the teardrop-shaped green.

And in the distance, there’s no George Washington Bridge.

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11 Responses to “Riverside Drive and the lazy Hudson beside it”

  1. prb Says:

    the original photo can be seen here: http://www.shorpy.com/node/10139

    and a similar photo here:
    http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=SearchDetailPopupPage&VBID=24UAYWN7A869&PN=77&IID=2F3HRGME2UZC

    and another postcard here:
    http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=SearchDetailPopupPage&VBID=24UAYWN7A869&PN=76&IID=2F3HRGMZC0TH

    the momentous occasion was the “Great White Fleet” parading down the North River in 1910 after their circumnavigation of the globe.

    http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/gwf_cruise.htm

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      Thank you for this–and I had never heard of the Great White Fleet and its around the world trip. The link is fascinating.

  2. Julia Says:

    It’s amazing looking at this how much has remained the same.

  3. Penelope Bianchi Says:

    What a lovely picture! I love New York….mostly in those days!

    Do you have pictures of the River Club when it had boats outside to go to Wall Street? (probably a dumb question…..I just have some wonderful pics from those days!)!

    I love your blog!!!

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      thank you! I don’t have any River Club photos but they probably wouldn’t be hard to find, depending on what specifically you were searching for.

  4. Ricky Says:

    I was just talking to a friend today about wanting to visit Grant’s Tomb or as it’s called now General Grant National Memorial.

  5. realeyezlife Says:

    i live across the street from grant’s tomb…20 years now…love the neighborhood…then again I was born on 112th & riverside :)

  6. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I love the neighborhood too…it still has a small-scale vibe. Ricky, you must go!

  7. Annie Haddad Says:

    93rd and Riverside is now the site of “Joan of Arc Island,” with the wonderful equestrian statue of Saint Joan.

  8. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes…and a perfect subject for a future Ephemeral post! Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Robert S Johnson Says:

    Reblogged this on The Quotidian Hudson and commented:
    Ephemeral New York has done it again. I had to reblog this given the subject matter. By virtue of living in Morningside Heights this is my home base on the river. I thought you might be interested in seeing its past.

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