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Summer 1938. "New York street scene, Seventh Avenue at West 125th." Fast-forward to 2013 and the Triborough Bridge sign would read "Robert F. Kennedy Bridge"; Seventh Avenue is now Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard; W. 125th Street is also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Photo by Jack Allison for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.