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"It is evident argument is current that a tax on bachelors will encourage matrimony" said the good-looking orator.

Current marriage rates may be the lowest in a century, but in 1898 The New York World reported on a novel solution for its neighboring singletons.

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Although it was considered excessive pork barrel spending in 1898, the $6 million deepening of the Sandy Hook and Main Ship Channels resulted in a safer, more accessible New York Harbor.

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In 1898, New York became both the largest city in the world and the home of the globe’s smallest citizen.

In 1892, Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World took more than 13,000 tons of paper to print. Three years later, William Randolph Hearst bought a rival newspaper and launched a vicious circulation war.

In 1892, Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World took more than 13,000 tons of paper to print. Three years later, William Randolph Hearst bought a rival newspaper and launched a vicious circulation war.

“You would’ve actually been a lot more accustomed to [bombings] in New York 100 years ago than people are today. Bombs were a shockingly regular feature in the early 20th century.” — Historian Beverly Gage

Learn more about the era when bombs besieged New York City.

1883, A Day in the World: “One thousand men employed in twelve great departments under one roof”

1883, A Day in the World: “One thousand men employed in twelve great departments under one roof”

In 1892, the circulation of The New York World was over 380,000 — many times that of The New York Times.

In 1892, the circulation of The New York World was over 380,000 — many times that of The New York Times.

Today’s New York World appreciates the efficiencies of web-based publication, but there’s still something to be appreciated in the grandiose production efforts captured in these 1893 sketches.

Today’s New York World appreciates the efficiencies of web-based publication, but there’s still something to be appreciated in the grandiose production efforts captured in these 1893 sketches.

“In This City Giant Trees Uprooted and Much Damage Done”. Read an account of a hurricane that landed in New York City in August of 1893.

“In This City Giant Trees Uprooted and Much Damage Done”. Read an account of a hurricane that landed in New York City in August of 1893.

Autumn in New York. October 20, 1912. Apple picking, making cider and harvesting pumpkins. What else do you see?

Autumn in New York. October 20, 1912. Apple picking, making cider and harvesting pumpkins. What else do you see?