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    Default Midtown 6th Avenue Before the Boxes Rose

    Does anyone have images of 6th Avenue between say 42nd Street and 59th Street before and just after the El came down? I'm guessing this would be around the 1940s
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    I think I have a couple of the 42nd st - 6th ave intersection. Let me have a look.

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    Here's what I found:

















    Also have a look here: http://nycsubway.org/lines/6thave-el.html

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    Wow look at the last one. Cool, what year was it from? Also in the third from last picture what's the structure behind the Paramount Building in the distance?
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    The last picture is taken from the U/C ESB so 1930-ish. Im afraid I cant answer the other question.

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    The large tank seen beyond the Paramount Building is most likely part of the gas works structures that existed on the far West Side until the early part of the 20th C.

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    Wow, amazing photos, especially the third to last.

    There's nothing else quite like the Bush Tower, then and now. Thanks to photography, we're still able to see the glory of the original New York Times Building before it was vandalised beyond recognition, and to clearly see the World's Tower Building in context with its surroundings. Bryant Park was very formal then. I'm very glad it's not like that now.

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    6th Avenue change dramatically. Most of the building were mainly low rise. Wonder what the skyline will look like 65 years from now.

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    In the 3rd pic from the bottom, beyond and to the right of the white World Tower building, can be seen a large sloping roof -- that might be the old Metropolitan Opera House (1883; demolished January 1967) which sat on Broadway at W. 39th Street.

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