From Jacob Riis’ 1890 book “How the Other Half Lives”: A back-lot house on Bleecker Street between Mercer and Greene Streets, almost toppling into an excavation site. “Dens of Death” and Mullen’s Alley with some of New York’s many homeless children. Late 1880s.

June 25, 1906: Architect Stanford White, age 52, is shot dead on the roof theater of his own creation, Madison Square Garden; the murderer, Harry K. Thaw, is a jealous husband.

Madison Square Garden exterior of tower, with Diana statue on top. New-York Historical Society, McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record # 59117

October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening performance; the new opera house at Broadway and 39th Street is built with the express purpose of providing enough boxes to showcase all of the newly wealthy New Yorkers.

J.S. Johnson, Metropolitan Opera, west side of Broadway, north of 39th Street, ca. 1886. New-York Historical Society, Geographic File # 57915

Union Square in Spring
Childe Hassam (American; (1859–1935)
Oil on canvas
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
© Smith College Museum of Art