New York City of the near future (1909)

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Do you recognize this New York thoroughfare? No! Then bring a prophetic eye to bear on it

This shows part of Seventh Avenue (now dirty, untidy and lined with low buildings) as it is expected to look not long after the new Pennsylvania Railroad passenger terminal (shown in the centre of the picture at the left) begins to disgorge its passengers in the heart of Manhattan. Directly opposite the station, filling the block between 32d and 33d streets, is an immense hotel, plans for which are now being drawn. The other lofty buildings shown in the picture exist only in our artist’s brain, but those who realize how fast skyscrapers go up in New York will not think him unduly visionary.


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