New York City, 1953, by Vivian Maier.
That was only information provided with this photo. Since I have an slight obsession with placing historic photos (particularly ones from New York City), I did a little sleuthing to figure out where exactly it was taken. The first thing was figuring out that this is Third Avenue, which wasn’t too hard since the only elevated subway in Manhattan still operating by the 1950s was the Third Avenue El. The Chrysler Building’s position in the background reveals that this is north of it looking southbound. The final puzzle piece was spotting the number 983 on one of the shop signs. 983 Third Avenue is right by 59th Street, which was one of the stops on the Third Avenue El. A few of the buildings on the very left are still there today as well.

New York City, 1953, by Vivian Maier.

That was only information provided with this photo. Since I have an slight obsession with placing historic photos (particularly ones from New York City), I did a little sleuthing to figure out where exactly it was taken. The first thing was figuring out that this is Third Avenue, which wasn’t too hard since the only elevated subway in Manhattan still operating by the 1950s was the Third Avenue El. The Chrysler Building’s position in the background reveals that this is north of it looking southbound. The final puzzle piece was spotting the number 983 on one of the shop signs. 983 Third Avenue is right by 59th Street, which was one of the stops on the Third Avenue El. A few of the buildings on the very left are still there today as well.