January 21, 2013
Radio City Line & Fifth Avenue Crowds, as taken by Yale Joel for LIFE in 1961

Radio City Line & Fifth Avenue Crowds, as taken by Yale Joel for LIFE in 1961

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January 3, 2013
Manhattan’s skyline, 1880 to 1932.

This amazing series of photos was featured in TIME Magazine’s LIFE Aug 31, 1942 issue, “New York’s Skyline Sits for a Long Portrait.” The photos come from two amateurs of the Pierrepont family: John Jay Pierrepont, “a wealthy New Yorker”, was inspired from his Brooklyn rooftop view and took hundreds of photos from the vantage point until his death in 1923. His great-nephew, Abbot Low Moffat, continued the tradition until the Pierrepont home was bought by the city of New York to turn into a public park.

When Pierrepont took the first photos in 1880, church steeples and ship masts are the tallest structures, with the most recognizable landmark being Trinity Church on lower Broadway. By 1930, the lower Manhattan skyline was dominated by towers after the building boom.

Read the original article at Google Archives.

Manhattan’s skyline, 1880 to 1932.

This amazing series of photos was featured in TIME Magazine’s LIFE Aug 31, 1942 issue, “New York’s Skyline Sits for a Long Portrait.” The photos come from two amateurs of the Pierrepont family: John Jay Pierrepont, “a wealthy New Yorker”, was inspired from his Brooklyn rooftop view and took hundreds of photos from the vantage point until his death in 1923. His great-nephew, Abbot Low Moffat, continued the tradition until the Pierrepont home was bought by the city of New York to turn into a public park.

When Pierrepont took the first photos in 1880, church steeples and ship masts are the tallest structures, with the most recognizable landmark being Trinity Church on lower Broadway. By 1930, the lower Manhattan skyline was dominated by towers after the building boom.

Read the original article at Google Archives.

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December 20, 2012

Bridge construction photos from the TIME LIFE magazine archives.


George Washington Bridge under construction, 1927

Queensboro Bridge under construction, 1907

Manhattan Bridge under construction. 1907

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December 13, 2012
NYC Dim out, Times Square, April 1942. By William C. Shrout for Time LIFE

NYC Dim out, Times Square, April 1942. By William C. Shrout for Time LIFE

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November 26, 2012
Check out this feature from LIFE Magazine back when the U.N. Secretariat building was constructed. The caption/deck reads: “Windows of late-working secretary-general’s office look west over city 38th floor”. Via the Google LIFE archive, Mar 26, 1951.

Check out this feature from LIFE Magazine back when the U.N. Secretariat building was constructed. The caption/deck reads: “Windows of late-working secretary-general’s office look west over city 38th floor”. Via the Google LIFE archive, Mar 26, 1951.

November 19, 2012
God I’ve always wanted to do this: canoe party on the Hudson River. Photo via LIFE Magazine, Sept. 1948, by Tony Linck.

God I’ve always wanted to do this: canoe party on the Hudson River. Photo via LIFE Magazine, Sept. 1948, by Tony Linck.

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November 12, 2012
Coney Island, 1944. Photo taken by Marie Hansen for LIFE, via Google Image LIFE archive. Check out Coney Island’s Amazon Wishlist for Sandy relief here.

Coney Island, 1944. Photo taken by Marie Hansen for LIFE, via Google Image LIFE archive. Check out Coney Island’s Amazon Wishlist for Sandy relief here.

November 5, 2012
"The Dark Lane of the Bowery" via LIFE magazine (archived by Google Books), Apr. 14, 1941. Photos by Andreas Feininger.

"The Dark Lane of the Bowery" via LIFE magazine (archived by Google Books), Apr. 14, 1941. Photos by Andreas Feininger.

October 18, 2012
Visitors at the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens visit “the City of Tomorrow”. Photograph by David E. Scherman for LIFE. Via the LIFE image archive at Google. Also, check out the LIFE tumblr for other amazing images from their iconic archive.

Visitors at the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens visit “the City of Tomorrow”. Photograph by David E. Scherman for LIFE. Via the LIFE image archive at Google. Also, check out the LIFE tumblr for other amazing images from their iconic archive.

October 9, 2012
I love these old Manhattan skyline photos. This is by Andreas Feininger for LIFE magazine in 1944

I love these old Manhattan skyline photos. This is by Andreas Feininger for LIFE magazine in 1944

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October 8, 2012
A father and son walk down 42nd Street, 1971. Photo by Bill Ray for LIFE

A father and son walk down 42nd Street, 1971. Photo by Bill Ray for LIFE

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September 27, 2012
Via LIFE Photo archive: View of Midtown Manhattan, 1939. By Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Via LIFE Photo archive: View of Midtown Manhattan, 1939. By Alfred Eisenstaedt.

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September 25, 2012
From LIFE photo archive: March 1945, “Sailors looking for fun in a curfew-closed Times Square”. Photo by Herbert Gehr.

From LIFE photo archive: March 1945, “Sailors looking for fun in a curfew-closed Times Square”. Photo by Herbert Gehr.

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September 25, 2012
LIFE magazine, 1969: “Woman (possibly model), w. long hair wearing short skirt, lace top & sandals, walking up street, re story on “New York look” in fashion.” Photographer: Vernon Merritt Iii

LIFE magazine, 1969: “Woman (possibly model), w. long hair wearing short skirt, lace top & sandals, walking up street, re story on “New York look” in fashion.” Photographer: Vernon Merritt Iii

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September 17, 2012
LIFE, 11/12/1953: Midtown Manhattan shrouded in clouds of smog. Photo by Eliot Elisofon

LIFE, 11/12/1953: Midtown Manhattan shrouded in clouds of smog. Photo by Eliot Elisofon

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