Broadway north from the Post Office building - 1903


Broadway north from the Post Office building, New York City. The City Hall Park is to the right. The Postal Telegraph Building and the Home Life Building (both completed in 1894) are on the left, between Murray and Warren streets. Publisher: H.C. White Co. 1903 (originally stereograph photo). Source: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

This part of Broadway was laid out after 1750, when Trinity Church leased lots on its old Church Farm. Before that, Broadway did not extended to the north beyond St. Paul's Chapel.

After 1750, Trinity Church laid out streets through a portion of the Church Farm, located on the west side of Broadway to the riverfront, until about Chambers Street. Then the Church leased lots on this area and houses were built. In 1761, the Church ceded this part of Broadway to the City. It was first called Great George Street and became officially part of Broadway in 1794.

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