The Times Tower, back before it became a gigantic stand for billboards. Via Lileks
The Museum of the City of New York has released a ton of photos of the Manhattan Railway Company, which operated the city’s elevated railway lines at the turn of the 20th century. Squeee!
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
A couple more photos that the Bowery Boys blog posted in its remembrance of the deadly blizzard of 1888 that struck New York 125 years ago. Check out the post for more fascinating info while waiting for Nemo’s wrath.
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.
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.
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.
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.