New York Public Library and 42nd Street - 1932


The New York Public Library and Forty-Second Street, looking east from Sixth Avenue. Bryant Park is in the foreground and Chrysler Building at 405 Lexington Avenue. Photo by New York Edison Company, dated July 1932. Source: Photographic views of New York City, from the collections of the New York Public Library.

Photo shows a busy 42nd Street, with people walking on sidewalks, streetcars and many cars parked. The Bryant Park, on the right, a former potter's field, was created in 1847 as Reservoir Square. In 1884, it was renamed Bryant Park after Romantic poet and the New York Evening Post editor William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878). The replica of the Federal Hall on the east side of the park (enlargement below), behind the New York Public Library, was erected in April 1932 by the Washington Bicentennial Commission. It was demolished in April 1933.


New York Public Library




Old City of New York


Forty Second Street

An earlier opposite view with Bryant Park, on the left, and Times Building in the distance.


New York NY




Traffic NY

Hotel Manhattan is on the left.


Federal Hall


Harlem Alhambra Auditorium


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New York Public Library and 42nd Street - 1932


Old City New York


42nd Street