125th St. Subway Viaduct (c. 1900)
Although strictly speaking this is a little to the
north of our neighborhood, this photograph still gives an idea how
undeveloped the area was just after the subway opened in 1904. There are
few people about and trees line
vacant lots on 125th St. There are trolley tracks in the foreground and
a trolley is visible under the bridge. Fragments of these tracks are still
visible today under the
125th St. viaduct of Riverside Drive, which was not
yet built when this picture was taken. Coca-Cola remains a constant, but the
apartment building just beyond the bridge on the right side has since been
torn down in favor of a one-story fast food outlet.
Here is a photo of it under construction.