Car-free Greeley Square and the Sixth Avenue El

Cars have yet to clog up Broadway in the 30s in this vintage, post-1912 postcard depicting Greeley Square and Broadway, crossed by the Sixth Avenue el tracks.

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“A view of Broadway from Greeley Square to Times Square showing the upper end of the most important retail district in the world,” reads the caption. “The McAlpin Hotel, largest in the world, is shown in the foreground.”

That’s the building on the right next to the 1912 Wilson Building. Today, stripped of its once-famous murals, it’s an apartment tower.

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One Response to “Car-free Greeley Square and the Sixth Avenue El”

  1. The “Big Store” blows away 1890s New York | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] even had its own exit on the 18th Street stop of the Sixth Avenue El. Shoppers could get off the train and walk into a second-floor entrance, without having to descend […]

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