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Ninth Avenue El: 1915

Ninth Avenue El: 1915

August 21, 1915. "Express track, 9th Avenue 'L'." Construction along the Ninth Avenue elevated tracks at West 13th Street in New York. On the corner: Charlie's Restaurant. 5x7 glass negative by George Grantham Bain. View full size.

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A few more buildings still there

The Julius Wile warehouse is now the Porter House, at 15th and 9th Ave, with a giant new black structure on its back.

The 5 story brick building missing its western cornice, is the Herring Building, a mid 19th century factory building, between 9th and Hudson, at 669 Hudson.

Ninth Avenue El

I have a nice collection of 9th Avenue El photographs. This one identifies the installation date of the hump station at 14th Street. I attended school on 13th Street in the 1950s. I always wondered what the area looked like when the El was there. Thank You


The restaurant at 59 Ninth Avenue is now known as The Old Homestead. It is across the street from a very busy Apple Store, where I bought my iMac this June. The Old Homestead is a steakhouse that features a 10 ounce
Japanese Kobe steak for $195. and a 20 oz Kobe Beefburger for $41...
As much as I would like to do, I don't eat there often.

Homestead Roof

The photo is indeed looking north, and the roof and chimneys below the letters "Champag" at the bottom of the Julius Wile sign probably belong to the Homestead, which was established in 1868.

National Biscuit

The large building on the left opposite the crane was part of the National Biscuit complex. It was there that Uneeda Biscuits and Fig Newtons were first manufactured.

This particular building at 75 Ninth Avenue has been renovated and now houses a wonderful marketplace.

Homestead Restaurant

At the NE corner of 9th Ave and 14th Street for many years was one of the better steakhouses in Manhattan...The Homestead. (This area is on the northern fringe of the old meatpacking district.)

I wonder if it was there back when this photo was taken, and/or whether it is still in business? Is the camera looking north or south here?


The large building in the background left is part the National Biscuit Company complex. Lots of Oreos, Saltines, Uneeda bicuits, animal crackers and fig newtons were made there. Today the building houses the Chelsea Market food mall, the Food Network, and Major League Baseball, among others.

After the El



[Now why didn't I think of that. - Dave]

Steinhardt Bros & Co.

Importers Distillers and what (can't read the last word in their sign)?

["Bectifiess." - Dave]

Littlemore Whiskey

The ad to the left is for Littlemore Whiskey - a possible source of a few Katzen-Jammers. The Littlemore brand name was first used in 1907 and registered to the Steinhardt Company of 644 Greenwich St, New York City. [Source: Bottle Price Guide (scroll down)]

According to this site, Steinhardt Bros was located at 29 9th Ave from 1903 to 1918. Other brand names used by this company include: "Emerald", "Hill Brook", "Hill Side", "Lafayette Club Old Rye", "Old Ballymore", "Old Methusalem", "White Lily Pure Rye", "Mountain Dew", "Roxbury Rye", and "Lord Kitchener Ale".

Google Street View shows that the distillery building still exists!

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Julius Wile & Co., Wine Importers

Obituary of Julius Wile, grandson of the company's founder.

Thank you!

Thank you for another upload of a Ninth Avenue El photo! Assuming you saw my comment.

[I did, and you're welcome. - Dave]

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