Radio City Line & Fifth Avenue Crowds, as taken by Yale Joel for LIFE in 1961
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.
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Bridge construction photos from the TIME LIFE magazine archives.
NYC Dim out, Times Square, April 1942. By William C. Shrout for Time LIFE
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.
God I’ve always wanted to do this: canoe party on the Hudson River. Photo via LIFE Magazine, Sept. 1948, by Tony Linck.
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.
"The Dark Lane of the Bowery" via LIFE magazine (archived by Google Books), Apr. 14, 1941. Photos by Andreas Feininger.
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.
I love these old Manhattan skyline photos. This is by Andreas Feininger for LIFE magazine in 1944
Via LIFE Photo archive: View of Midtown Manhattan, 1939. By Alfred Eisenstaedt.
From LIFE photo archive: March 1945, “Sailors looking for fun in a curfew-closed Times Square”. Photo by Herbert Gehr.
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