Every now and again we get lost in the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections and we like to share some of our findings with our readers.
Today we’re taking a stroll down the Grand Concourse, the beautiful and grand boulevard in The Bronx designed by French immigrant Louis Aloys Risse using Paris’ Champs Élysées as his inspiration.
You may notice that along most of the Concourse, streets rise to meet the famed boulevard. This is because it was constructed along a small ridge thus elevating it above all other streets in the area.
The Grand Boulevard and Concourse, as it was known when it was completed in 1909, is also an architectural outdoor museum with its vast collection of art deco apartment buildings in one of the largest collections along a street in the world.
These images are all from the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections showing some of these beauties along the Concourse shortly after many of them were constructed.