A rainy September evening at Madison Square

Ephemeral New York

It’s just after the turn of the century in this enchanting postcard of the Fifth Avenue side of Madison Square Park.

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The Flatiron Building is there, so it must be at least 1902. But carriages and drivers still line the street opposite the park, likely waiting for the city’s wealthy and powerful to emerge from the Fifth Avenue Hotel, demolished in 1908.

The postcard itself is postmarked 1910, and the writer has scribbled, “I am loving New York and having a great time.”

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