Seventy-First Infantry Regiment - about 1885


Broadway, east side, north from, but not including, 34th Street. The Seventy-First Infantry N.G.S.N.Y. is in the center, between West 35th and West 36th streets, in the same site the old Herald Building was completed in 1895. Source: New York Public Library.

The 71st Regiment was originally formed on October 23, 1850, as the American Rifles. In 1852, it was enrolled as a regiment of the state militia, and were assigned the regimental number of 71st. The building with a mansard roof on the junction of Broadway and 6th Street was erected about 1863 on the site of an old market. After its completion, a portion of the building was occupied by the 37th Regiment of State Militia. Another portion was a synagogue. The portion of the building used by the 71st was originally leased by the City for ten years. In February 1878, portions of the walls of the building fell into the street. At the time, the entire upper floor was occupied by the 71st. The lower floor was occupied by the Sixth National Bank and a number of stores. On March 31, 1894, the 71st moved into its new headquarters at 33rd and Park Avenue.

The overhead wires were buried after the Blizzard of 1888. The old Hotel Normandie is in the distance on Broadway at 38th Street. It opened in 1884. The Paine Up Town Business College is on the left. The 6th Avenue elevated tracks are on the right.


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Seventy-First Infantry Regiment - about 1885