1899 - Fifth Avenue at night, looking north from 44th St. The artist is Charles W Jefferys, This illustration comes courtesy of the New York Public Library’s amazing digital archive.
Apparently, it’s always been hard to find a cab during New York blizzards.
1893 ‘Winter on Fifth Avenue’ - Alfred Stieglitz, via retronaut
(The illustration is from Leslie’s Illustrated, March 24, 1888, depicting “THE TERRIBLE FORCE OF THE BLIZZARD”)
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.
From the Library of Congress: Night lights of Manhattan; Night view past tug on river to series of dots forming the night lights of Manhattan, outline of buildings barely visible against dark background. Drawing on black paper. Artist: Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926
Bridge construction photos from the TIME LIFE magazine archives.
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.
How New Yorkers on Fifth Avenue handled the snow, in 1905. Via the @NYPL’s endlessly fascinating digital archive.
Photo credit to: Detroit Photographic Co.
Times Square apparently was quite pleasant, circa sometime in the 1910s, as depicted on this postcard. Part of the New York Public Library’s awesome searchable digital archive of hundreds of thousands of documents and images.
“The Dark Lane of the Bowery” via LIFE magazine (archived by Google Books), Apr. 14, 1941. Photos by Andreas Feininger.
It’s so…empty: Manhattan’s skyline on March 26, 1936. One of the 800,000 digital files in the New York Public Library’s free searchable 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.
May Day Parade in Union Square, 1913. via Library of Congress and Bain News Service.