All the ways to get to Columbus Circle in 1910

The makers of this postcard may not have realized it at the time. But they selected an image that gives contemporary viewers a glimpse at all the different transportation options available to New Yorkers in 1910.

Trolley cars would continue at least through the 1930s. Horse-drawn wagons had another decade before they were banished to quiet side streets or out of the way neighborhoods. The automobile would soon dominate city streets.

Pedestrians walk on what looks like a new sidewalk. And on the left, one of the original subway kiosks hint at the mass transit option of choice for city residents through the 20th century.

[Postcard: MCNY]

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11 Responses to “All the ways to get to Columbus Circle in 1910”

  1. Zoe Says:

    I doubt I’d have seen that until you pointed it out. It is an almost amazing convergence of transportation eras.

    And now another change? Is the Columbus statue coming down? (I hesitate to write this & possibly start a riot in this thread). No more art project living rooms built around him…

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, it’s on the Mayor’s blacklist. I can’t imagine it’ll go down—though it’s statue-hating season in NYC these days.

  3. Tom B Says:

    What is the building, back center, with the short steeple?
    This is a great picture post card. I didn’t know big bird had a blacklist. This statue-hating has gone too far by too few. We came out that subway kiosk, then walked around Chris Columbus last year and admired the detail. A young couple were dancing around the statue for a tour bus. Only six of us were in that inner circle.

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Technically the statue blacklist is a “90-day review of all symbols of hate on city property.” I’m not sure when the 90 days is up though but I think Chris will make it through. The statue of Dr. Marion Sims on the other side of the park, however, is probably a goner.

    I’ll do a little digging to find out what that steeple is.

  5. David H Lippman Says:

    It’s easier to get to Columbus Circle than Carnegie Hall, of course….

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