Postcard view of the Square c 1957

This postcard image was made during the last season of downtown history when Park Avenue West still terminated at the Square. Shortly after this photo was taken all of those trees in the picture were cut down and Central Park was dramatically reconfigured with the “Beautification Fund.”

Then & Now: The Square from Park Avenue West 1957

It has been nearly 60 years since the Central Park grove had to start over, so many of the trees in today's view have reattained the picturesque stature of old view.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.