Old City New York


In the early 17th century, this was the land of Lenape people. In 1609, English navigator Henry Hudson explored the region on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. His voyage was used to claim these lands for the Netherlands. In 1624 the Dutch established New Amsterdam as part of the colonial province of New Netherland. In 1664, New Amsterdam came under English control and it was renamed New York.

The City expanded rapidly in 18th century. Streets were improved, new roads and avenues were laid out. After the Revolutionary War, New York was established as the capital of the United States. On April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of United States at the Federal Hall, in New York. In 1790, the national capital was transferred to Philadelphia, but the City of New York continued its accelerated development.

In the early 19th century New York was the largest city in the United States, with more than 60 thousand inhabitants. Industrial expansion and population growth radically changed the face of the City. Large investment in infrastructure was made to support the growth. By 1860, several newspapers competed for space in the Printing House Square and in the area around City Hall Park, where the new Post Office building was completed in 1880. By this time the early skyscrapers were also competing to be the tallest one and the City was the financial center of the United States. In 1898, New York became a vast city, incorporating five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. In 1900 New York, with 3.4 million inhabitants, was the busiest port in the world.

The 20th century brought new challenges and many more immigrants. A culturally diverse population helped build a magnetic city.

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Old Manhattan



Hansom cab in Central Park in a vintage postcard by Herbco Card Co. Photo Ewing Galloway.


Antique photographs


Vintage New York


More Old City of New York:

Old 5th Avenue

Old 6th Avenue

Old 7th Avenue

Old 42nd Street

Old 59th Street

Old Battery

Old Bowery

Old Bowling Green

Old Broadway

Old Central Park

Old Chinatown

Old City Hall Park

Old Columbus Circle

Old Ellis Island

Old Governors Island

Old Grand Army Plaza

Old Herald Square

Old Lexington Avenue

Old Madison Square

Old Park Avenue

Old Park Row

Old Times Square

Old Union Square

Old Wall Street

Old Washington Square


Rockefeller Center


Broadway NY 19th Century


Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline (1915).


Fifth Avenue 19th Century


Singer building NY


NYC Broadway Nineteenth Century


New York Central Building


Broadway NY


Lower Broadway


Waldorf Astoria NY


NYC Broadway


Rosamond Pinchot (1904-1938) was a Broadway actress born in New York City. She was cast, for example, in productions of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Franz Werfel's The Eternal Road. She made a film appearance in the 1935 adaptation of The Three Musketeers, as Queen Anne.


Worth Square


City Hall Park


National Academy of Design


Central Park Summer




Bird's Eye View of New York


Crystal Palace


42nd Street NYC




Old Times Square


Historical maps NYC


Broadway City Hall Park


Allerton House Women


Fraunces Tavern Museum


Fourth Avenue NY

Today Park Avenue South at East 23rd Street. The building was demolished in 1903.


18th century NY


Brooklyn Bridge


Manhattan 19th century


The old New York City, engraving by Ames & Rollinson, published in 1900. Old skylines.


Madison Avenue


Skating Pond


Mott St


Calvary Church


New York City Hall


Dakota NY



Trinity Church


David Johnson


Royal Exchange NY


Church Missions House


Lower Manhattan


NYC Skyscrapers


Madison Avenue



Bowling Green, Broadway - 1828.


Union Park


NY Hotels


Historic Buildings


Lower New York


Rosamond Pinchot


Stone Street NY


Vintage images


Election NY


Interior Architecture


New York Skyline images


Churches NY


NY Central Park




United Nations Buildings


Trinity Church 18th Century



Empire State images




Flatiron images