Broadway in the 19th Century

 

Broadway was the main thoroughfare in New York City, in the 19th century. Several of the early skyscrapers were built along Broadway which became a showcase for entrepreneurs, showcasing the best features of the City's architecture.

In the early 19th century, there were three churches on Broadway: the original temple of Grace Church at Rector Street, the second temple of Trinity Church, and St Paul's Chapel. The Gothic temple of Grace Church on Broadway, between Tenth and Eleventh streets, was consecrated in 1846. The Gothic temple of Trinity Church was consecrated the same year.

By 1811, Broadway ended at 10th Street, where it merged with the Bloomingdale Road, which then wandered up to near 147th Street, where it turned into the Kingsbridge Road. The Commissioners' Plan of 1811 retained Broadway and Bloomingdale Road up to 23rd Street. However, Bloomingdale Road, as far as 43rd Street, was restored in 1838, up to 71st Street in 1847, then in 1851 to 86th Street, with each section being straightened as it was restored. In 1865, it was restored all the way to Spuyten Duyvil Creek, northern Manhattan. The section below 59th Street was called Broadway, but the section from 59th to 108th Street was called The Boulevard. In 1899, the entire road was named Broadway, and the other names disappeared.

Electric lights in New York streets first appeared in 1880, on Broadway, as a demonstration by Charles F. Brush. In the 1880s, Broadway became cluttered with overhead wires and utility poles. After a legal and administrative battle, the City managed to get the companies to bury their wires about the 1890s.

This lighted street was and still is an important theater center. By the end of the century, there were more than 20 theaters on Broadway. At the beginning of the 20th century, the hottest place in New York was still Broadway, in Times Square.

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19th century Broadway

 

Old Broadway

 

 

 

Hotel Broadway NY

 

 

 

Old New York

 

 

 

 

Bowling Green 1845

 

NYC 19th century

Looking south on Broadway from 31st Street.

 

Broadway images

 

Broadway NY

 

NYC Broadway Nineteenth Century

 

Broadway, 1850, looking south from the southern end of City Hall Park. Drawn by August Köllner. Color lithograph by Isidore-Laurent Deroy.

 

Parade Broadway

 

Panoramic View Broadway

 

East side Broadway

 

Western Union

 

Telegraph

 

Worth Monument

 

Broadway buildings

 

Long Acre Square

Junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

 

Decoration Day

 

NYC Grace Church

 

Hotel Martinique

 

Worth House

 

City Hall Park

 

St. Denis Hotel

 

NYC St. Nicholas Hotel

Broadway and Spring Street, from Broome St.

 

NY Broadway

 

Bank republic

Broadway and the Bank of the Republic, Wall Street - 1865?

 

Broadway

The beginning of Broadway, Bowling Green - 1828.

 

Lincoln's Funeral Procession

Looking north from Broome Street.

 

Broadway traffic

 

Trinity Church

 

Broadway New York

 

Casper Samler

Corner of Broadway and 29th Street. Site of Gilsey House.

 

NYC Broadway

 

Herald Building

 

Pictorial Description Broadway

 

Canal Street

 

City Hall Park

 

New York City 19th century

 

 

Lower New York

 

Western Union Telegraph Building

 

19th Century NY

Junction of Broadway and 5th Avenue.

 

Broadway 6th Avenue

 

Lower Broadway 1900

 

New York NY

 

19th century

 

Broome Street

 

Great Blizzard 1888

 

Broadway NY

 

Astor House 19th century

 

Broadway NY 19th century

 

City Hotel

 

New England Hotel

Building that previously occupied the site of the Trinity Building, adjoining Trinity Church Yard.

 

Herald Square 1898

Street scene on Broadway.

 

7th Regiment

Looking north from Broome Street.

 

Broadway in the 19th Century

 

NYC Lower Broadway

 

Fifth Avenue 19th Century

 

Broadway, Murray Street

 

Commercial Buildings Broadway

 

City Hall Park

 

 

Copyright © Geographic Guide - Antique photographs of NYC, 19th Century.

 

Fredricks' Photographic Temple of Art

 

 

 

Businesses Broadway

 

Post Office NY

 

 

 

East Side Broadway

 

 

 

Nineteenth Century

 

 

 

Panorama Broadway

 

 

Procession Broadway

North from Prince Street.

 

 

 

Broadway Old New York