New York’s hustle and bustle down at Park Row

Here is Park Row at the turn of the century. Why the crowds, which the caption on the back of the postcard says numbers 50,000 commuters, workers, and idlers every day? Think of all the worlds that collide at this juncture.

The statue of Ben Franklin, with its Victorian lampposts, is a nod to New York’s printing and publishing industry, still centered here at Printing House Square.

A treeless City Hall Park is mostly out of view on the left. But centered on the northern end are government buildings, courts, and City Hall, which employ politicians and big staffs that serve them.

Factor in the transit hub known then as the Park Row Terminal, which ferried people across the Brooklyn Bridge so they can pick up streetcars on either side and continue on their way.

And of course, at this time Park Row is still the center of the newspaper trade.

See the delivery wagons lined up in front of various newspaper buildings, ready to bring the latest edition of the news of the world to the city. (Here they are in a closer view from a black and white photo.)


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5 Responses to “New York’s hustle and bustle down at Park Row”

  1. Bob_in_MA Says:

    The LoC has some images of the Brooklyn Bridge terminal. These are from Detroit Publishing Company 8×10 negatives and if you download the high resolution versions you can zoom in on all sorts of things

  2. Zoe Says:

    Now I’m confused: I thought publishers row was along Park Avenue South beginning at Union Square & going north. (I worked in an iconic publishing building there in 1988. In an architectural firm on an upper floor that had renovated the many storied building to its former lustre).

  3. krishnakumarsinghblog Says:


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