Pushcarts on Broad Street


Community Service Society of New York (Former owner,Former owner,Issuing body,Issuing body)
Pushcarts on Broad Street
#320 Unknown Photographer Southeast corner of Beaver and Broad Streets. The push-carts selling "Hot Frankfurters 3 cents and 2 for 5 cents" are parked on Broad Street. This photograph may have been taken, but not used, in connection with the "Report of the Mayor's Push-Cart Commission," published in 1906. Francis Draz & Co. were located at Beaver and Broad at that time. By 1910 they had moved to Hu dson Street. The Push-Cart Commission was appointed by the Hon. George B. McClelland, Mayor of the City of New York, February 20, 1905, with Lawrence Veiller (Director of the COS Department for the Improvement of Social Conditions)as Chairman. In Appendix VII of the report, Testimony Taken at the Public Hearing, April 13, 1905, page 209, one of the men attending the Hearing, a lunch push-cart peddler at Beaver and Broad, complained that "we have been getting a lot of chasing lately." He said he'd go "to one place and the officer comes along and says, 'Get off of my post!' and we go across the street, and another man comes along and says, 'Get off of my post!' So one day when two of them had said this to my brother, he said, 'I have no air-vessel, I cannot go into the air.'" This man considered the lunch push-cart a "public necessity," due to the "trials and struggles of the young generation to get along on small salaries, and owing to the high cost of living at the present time." Note the sun umbrella on the left advertising Bloomingdales. In "Meyer Berger's New York" (New York, Random House, c1953-1960) at p. 158, he says, "It was young Samuel's [the founder's son, born June 1873] idea to give free red-and-white wedged sun umbrellas to dray drivers in New York. Within a year more than 5,000 were dispensed, all proclaiming that 'All Cars Transfer to Bloomingdales.'" Note also the gas street lamp on the corner of Beaver. Delmonico's at Beaver and William Streets, has two (electrified) gas lamps flanking the entrance to the restaurant. The 4 story buildings on Beaver Street are now (1970) part of the site of 55 Broad Street, a typical present day 31 story glass and steel office building. The ITT World Communications, Inc., building, 35 stories, erected 1929, now covers the entire Broad Street block from Beaver to S. William, with the address 67 Broad. From "As You Pass By," by Kenneth Holcomb Dunshee (New York Hastings House, c1952) page 27: "Back in the days of the Dutch West India Company, the gentle waters of a canal ran along what is now Broad Street, and its sides were sheathed with planks to keep the banks from caving in . . . After the English occupation of New York (1676), the canal was ordered filled in, from which resulted an unusually broad street."
Collection Name
Community Service Society records
Shelf Location
Box no. 296, Folder no. 9, Photograph no. 320
Vending stands; Streets; Street vendors; Stores, Retail; Storefronts; Men; Hot dog stands; Handcarts; Carriages and carts; Buildings; New York (N.Y.); Francis Draz & Co. (New York, N.Y.)
circa 1905
Related to image no. 0229 of this digital collection.
Annotation on back: 32 Beaver St. (corner of Beaver and Broad)
Photographer unknown.
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
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