New York Skyline - Vintage Images


Until the early 18th century the representation of urban landscapes was generally artistic. Later, the use of camera obscura and lenses allowed artists and engineers to take more technical views. Since the mid-19th century, photography has changed the way urban spaces are recorded.

Until the 1870s, the New York City skyline was dominated by the church spires, Trinity Church being the tallest. Manhattan skyline has changed a lot with de rise of skyscrapers in the late 19th century, especially in Southern Manhattan. In the early 20th century, most visitors to Manhattan had a vivid impression of the City through its skyscrapers.

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Manhattan skyline from Jersey City in a vintage postcard by Irving Underhill, postmark 1929. The tallest building, on the left, is the Woolworth Building, completed in 1913. The second tallest is the Singer Building, completed in 1908.


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Skyline of Midtown Manhattan in February 2019, from Hudson River. The Empire State Building is about the center of the image (credit: Julienne Schaer/NYC & Company).


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Skyline of Manhattan from East River in 1896, by Chas. Graham. Supplement to the journal N.Y. Sunday May 3rd, 1896 (source NYPL).


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The amazing view of Lower Manhattan, taken in February 2019 (credit: Julienne Schaer/NYC & Company).



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