The Secrets of the Great City

A Work Descriptive of the Virtues and the Vices, the Mysteries, Miseries and Crimes of New York City

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Published: 1868
Language: English
Wordcount: 148,327 / 429 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.7
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 615
mnybks.net#: 4735
Genres: Travel, History
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ase, the vehicles move on, one at a time, according to the orders of the police, and soon the street is clear again, to be blocked, perhaps, in a similar manner, in less than an hour. Twenty thousand vehicles daily traverse this great thoroughfare.

It is always a difficult matter to cross Broadway in the busy season. Ladies, old persons, and children, find it impossible to do so without the aid of the police, whose duty it is to make a way for them through the crowds of vehicles. A bridge was erected at the corner of Broadway and Fulton street, which is the most crowded part of the city, for the purpose of allowing pedestrians to cross over the heads of the throng in the street. It proved a failure, however. Few persons used it, except to see from it the magnificent panorama of Broadway, and the city authorities have ordered it to be taken down. It disfigures the street very much, and its removal will be hailed with delight by the native population.

Broadway properly begins at the Bowling Green. From th

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