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June 18th, 2004, 11:11 PM


West St., 1885

Herald Sq., 1888. 6th Ave. El.

Terminal, 1892. Alfred Stieglitz.

Winter, 1893. Stieglitz.

Broadway, 1894

Herald Sq., 1895

Lower Broadway, 1899. Lots of hats.

Police Parade, 1899. Bowler hats, hardly any women.

Tiffany’s, Union Sq., 1899. Early car and some figures added by artist.

Getting a ticket, 1900

Easter, Fifth Avenue, 1900.One car visible, coming towards foreground.

Hester St., Lower East Side, 1901.

Flatiron, 1903. Burnham.

Broad St., 1904. Stock Exchange and Federal Hall.

Municipal Building under construction, 1904. McKim. No cars.

The Belmont Coach, 1905, four horses. Dogs run free.

Easter, Fifth Ave., 1906. No cars.

City Hall subway, 1907. Turkish headhouses.

Lower East Side, 1908.

Herald Square, 1909. Skyscraper beyond is NY Times Building in Times Sq. Cars have replaced horses.

Automatic Vaudeville, Union Sq., 1910.

Downtown skyline with Singer Building., 1910. World’s tallest.

Downtown skyline with Woolworth Building., 1913. World’s tallest.

Birdseye, 1913, with artist’s enhancement. Hand colored.

Federal Crowd Control, 1918. Machine guns in front, modified phalanx. Soldiers on sides assigned to upstairs windows. Wilson feared antiwar riots, losing mind to small strokes.

Times Square from New York Times Building., 1922.

HMS Leviathan and Singer Building., 1923.

Fifth Ave., 1924. Buses and taxis on parade.

Coney Island, 1928. Walker Evans.

Lower Broadway Tickertape, 1928. For Bremen crew, first east-west transatlantic flight.

1928. Three biggest spires not yet built. Fairchild Aerial Surveys.

1935 Philadelphia, just for fun. Skyscraper density nearly matched New York’s. Fairchild.

Chrysler Gargoyle, 1929.

42nd Street, 1929. Walker Evans.

Building the Empire State, 1930. Lewis Hine.

Icarus, 1930. Hine.

Liberty, 1930. With symbols.

1931. Fairchild.

Midtown, 1931. The tracks lead to Penn Station. Post Office spans tracks, may some day be Penn Station. Fairchild.

Sikorsky Clipper, 1931. New spires gleam. River traffic, piers, ocean liner in slip.

Midtown’s lineup of spires with sky in between, 1931.

Six engines! 1931.

The valley between, 1931.

Brooklyn foreground, 1931. Small scale dense area between bridges on Manhattan side now a Ville Radieuse. Fairchild.

Spires of Gotham, 1932

Tropical Drinks Five Cents, 1932

Subway execs inspect new subway car, 1933. Breakthrough blowers ventilate with windows closed! Cane seats.

Columbus Circle, 1933. No Time-Warner, no Trump International, no Venetian palazzetto.

Just $24 in1626? More than that in 1933.

Three-point perspective, 1934.

Berenice Abbott photos, 1935

Chambers at Oak. Horse-drawn wagon.


Henry St. Beyond, Towers of Zenith loom in the mist.

Mad King Ludwig in Greenwich Village: Jeferson Market, then Jefferson Courthouse, now Jefferson Library, 6th Avenue.

Murray Hill Hotel with fancy fire escape.

Cities Service Tower. Horse-drawn wagons lingered into the mid-sixties.

Prickly skyline with famous bridge, 1935.

Times Square, 1935. Betty Boop on the marquee. The Astor came down mid-sixties, along with Penn Station and Singer Building: a bad time for beaux-arts. Streetcars in the square, no overhead wires.

Times Square looking South to Times Building. Mid-sixties this was stripped to steel skeleton and re-clothed in kitsch marble by mod illustrator Peter Max. More bad times for beaux-arts.

Berenice Abbott photos, 1936

The El featured potbellied stoves.

Fifth Avenue bus in Washington Square.

Dapper in front of Dock Department.

Billie’s Bar, First Ave. at 56th.

Bowery and Doyer. 3rd Ave. El.

Christopher and Bleecker. A wood-clad survivor.

Church of God, E. 132nd St.

Ferry, Chambers St.

Greyhound and Penn Station.

Herald Sq. Chain-drive trucks also survived into the sixties.

Manhattan Bridge.

Milk Truck, Greenwich Village.

Newspaper (Park) Row. Center building once tallest. Berenice Abbott.

Park Ave. and 39th.

At Hudson River terminus of Cortlandt St., motorized and horse-drawn vans transferred goods to and from barge-borne railcars.

Pike and Henry, Lower East Side, with Manhattan Bridge and a horse.

S. Klein On-The-Square, Union Sq. Contraposto.

Union Square with Turkish subway kiosk. Is that man using a cellphone??

Magnificent Manhattan spires from Willow and Poplar, Brooklyn. Cathedrals of Commerce.

Berenice Abbott photos, 1937

Avenue D and 10th St. Chain-drive truck.

Hester Street.

Riverside Drive Viaduct. .

Oyster House, South Street, under Manhattan Bridge, with pile of oyster shells.

Father Duffy, Times Square. Andre Kertesz, 1937.

Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn (now DUMBO), Kertesz, 1937.

Henry Hudson Parkway at 72nd St.: fancy interchange. Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1937.

Rockefeller Ctr., 1937. St. Thomas’ Church at left, site of Jackie O’s funeral. Fairchild.

Simply Add Boiling Water, 1937. Photo by Weegee.

The old Met(ropolitan Opera), Garment District, 1937. Weegee.

Still clean and gleaming, the Towers of Zenith, 1937.

Berenice Abbott, 1938

Duke Mansion, a tobacco tycoon’s, 1 E. 78th St. at Fifth Ave.

40th between 6th and 7th. Zoning generates the form.

Flam & Flam, Lawyers, 165 E. 121st St.

Wall Street from 60 Wall.

From 60 Wall Street.

Cathedral Parkway (110th Street).

Columbus Circle. Building with Coke sign another of Hearst’s skyscraper bases. Unlike the one Foster is currently completing, this one was torn down for the Gulf and Western Building, now re-imagined by Phillip Johnson as the Trump International Hotel.

Jefferson Market with the hulking, deco Women’s House of Detention behind (now demolished for a park). From the barred, open windows, the ladies would hurl obscenities at passersby.

504-506 Broome St. Ancient.

Union Square West. A hilarious jumble gets A+ for accidental design. These lots once held town houses. Their dainty footprints have been preserved, so the buildings have a delicate scale regardless of their height. One is a miniature skyscraper. Scale-obsessed NIMBYs take note: you need to object to a building’s footprint, not its height.

From Jersey, the classic skyline view.

Subway Portrait. Walker Evans, 1938.

Artists and Poets, Washington Sq., 1939

42nd Street Beauties, looking west, 1939.

Clipper, 1939. Europe in 29 hours.

DC-4 Over Midtown, 1939. Hood’s Daily News Building lower right.

Fish market meets railroad under Roebling’s bridge, 1939.

Abandoned in the downpour, 1939. West Side.

Forty-second Street.

Sixth Avenue El, 1940.

Downtown from Empire State. Andre Kertesz, 1940.

1940 Photos by Andreas Feininger

Ninth Avenue El, 8th at 127th, Harlem.

The Bowery.

Bryant Park.

Downtown Skyport with Cities Service Tower.

The original twin towers.

Tower trio. Slender flattop is Irving Trust, tower at right now belongs to Trump.

New York’s greatest walk.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.


Downtown gunsmith.

Three icons: Empire State; Horn and Hardart (The Automat), New York’s original restaurant chain, long gone; lamp standard, now being re-installed.


Central Park looking southeast toward Grand Army Plaza. The baronial Savoy-Plaza Hotel dominates with its vast, vaguely French roof and twin chimneys: another major Beaux-Arts landmark demolished mid-sixties. Replaced by Stone’s vapid GM Building, recently acquired by Trump.

Elevated station, Downtown.

Underwear and kosher chickens.

What happens when you burn coal.

A Greek temple burning coal.

Flatiron with Fifth Avenue bus.

Garment District stacked factories steam hats.

Arm wrestling in Harlem.

Harlem night club.

Lower East Side, tenement city, looking north.

Streetwall: Park Avenue South.

Raymond Hood, master of Deco.

Seventh Avenue.

South Street, now a theme park and mall.

At the foot of 42nd Street: Normandie with three fat stacks in the middle, Queen Mary with three skinnier stacks at bottom. Normandie burned here, Nazi sabotage claimed. Normandie was that time’s biggest and fastest (Blue Ribbon).

1941 Photos by Feininger

Forty-second Street. Mid-size Beaux-Arts skyscraper on north side of street is Times Building, of New Year’s fame. Building still exists but reclad in mid-sixties.

Classic skyline view with America, junior edition United States.

Downtown from Jersey.

Midtown from Jersey.

Horror vacui, Hebrew style.

The hats match the canopies. Macy’s, 34th St.

Too much city? Here’s a brief Intermission from the 1870’s (we’ll be back in color)…

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Tisayac by Eadweard Muybridge, best known for time-lapse photos of men and horses running before graph paper backgrounds. He also famously murdered his wife’s lover in San Francisco.

Tutokanula by Muybridge.




Cockatoo flying.





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Charles W. Cushman Photos, 1941
A color photographer with a black-and-white soul.

The classic pyramid, here with harbor traffic and puffs of pollution.

Suits on the pier. What are these men doing?

Fulton St. from South St.

Broome St. and Baruch Pl., Lower East Side. Not a sidewalk café.

Lower East Side: street as living room.

Lower East Side: street as conference room

Municipal Building, Courthouse and Jail. Big arch seemed futile before El removed.
Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1941.

Charles Cushman photos, 1942.

Lunch, 5 Cents: looking up Broadway to Singer Building.

Collecting the Salvage on Lower East Side.

Pearl Street, 1942.

Central Park. Feininger, 1943.

The Fashionable People [harassed by the homeless]. Weegee, 1943.

Murder in Hell’s Kitchen. Weegee, 1944.

Coney Island. Weegee, 1945.

The photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig).

Hole where plane (B-25) hit Empire State Building, 1945.

Andre Kertesz photos

Brooklyn, 1947. Andre Kertesz.

Lower 5th Avenue. Kertesz, 1948.

East River Esplanade. Kertesz, 1948.

Metropolitan Life and Empire State. Kertes, 1950.

City. Kertesz, 1952.

Skyline with Rooster. Kertesz, 1952.

Washington Square. Kertesz, 1954.

A city of spires. Just before the flattop invasion, late fifties.

First view of Manhattan from the Queen Elizabeth, 1953. The module of the window.

Liberty, 1954.

Times Square with James Dean. Dennis Stock, 1955.

Balcony. Kertesz, 1957.

Guggenheim under construction, 1958. Car and building share design philosophy.

MacDougal Alley. Kertesz,1958.

Sixth Avenue. Kertesz, 1959.

Man Sleeping. Kertesz, 1960.

Whitehall street from Peter Minuit Plaza near Battery. Cushman, 1960.

Four photos by Kertesz

Rooftop, 1961.

Harlem, 1963.

Washington Square, 1969. Edge of Arch at left.

Washington Square Arch, 1970.

Woody Allen and Cleopatra Jones,1971.

Lying Men, Washington Sq. Kertesz, 1974.

Kertesz, 1979.

World Trade Center. Dennis Stock, 2001.

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Three New York Buildings



Two Greatest Beaux-Arts Buildings Demolished:

The main waiting room. Groined vaults in coffered stone.

The Baths of Caracalla.

The way to the trains.

Groined vaults in steel and glass.

Seventh Avenue. McKim, Meade and White, architects. 1903-63. The building made it to age 60.

613 feet!! In 1908!

Ernest Flagg was the architect.

This building also made it to age 60 [1908-68].

Another five years and they would have preserved it.

French Beaux-Arts.

Vacant and awaiting demolition.

From Broadway.

Queen Elizabeth and skyline. Andre Kertesz, 1958.

June 18th, 2004, 11:17 PM
Very impressive collection!

June 19th, 2004, 12:33 AM
Great images all in one place ! I recall seeing some of these in the mueseum of the city of new york. :)

June 19th, 2004, 06:19 AM
Wow. Spin-inducing, eyes-as-big-as-saucers pix.

I have a soft spot for the El's, but New York replete with horse-drawn buggies, carts and the faint whiff of manure seems positively alien.

June 20th, 2004, 12:20 AM
Thanks for the fantastic presentation. Quite a few striking and sublime images.

Lauren Loves NY
June 20th, 2004, 01:11 AM
Wow! Fantastic! I just spent over half an hour examining those. Thanks, I'm sure that was quite a labor-intensive post.

September 17th, 2006, 12:44 AM
This thread didn’t get many replies when first posted, so I’m bumping it. Some folks might want to download some of these pics to their personal collections. The images are classics, so they won’t go obsolete. Or you could say they’re already obsolete --like being pre-shrunk

September 17th, 2006, 05:36 AM
Thanks for bringing this set of incredible photographs back to the top of the pile.

September 17th, 2006, 03:08 PM
Thanks a lot for these pics!!!:)

September 17th, 2006, 06:42 PM

Castles in the Sky. This might be the most romantic picture of New York, ever.

As much as I hate to admit it, Downtown was more breathtaking and iconic before the Modernist boxes started filling in the gaps; it was only partly ameliorated by the arrival of the Twin Towers. It must've been quite a sight to see AIG, 40 Wall, and 20 Exchange soar above everyone else so majestically (and from another perspective, Woolworth).

Also, I think we should be thankful that, despite the many Beaux-Arts and other gems that we lost, New York still has more than its fair share of historic beauties, owing to the sheer scale of construction at the beginning of last century. That being said, which loss was greater - Singer, or Savoy-Plaza?

September 17th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Great assembly ablarc. Thanks for reminding us this was here as some of these shots are just classic old New York. Very cool to see Gothic, Beaux-Art, Art Deco dominate the Skyline as opposed to Modernism boxes.

I must say that looking at the Singer building was kind hard to get through. It boils me up that those mo'f-ers actually had the gall to knock down such a beauty. Scumbags! How come they couldn't built that POS liberty plaza a block away I'm sure the space was available. Why was that spot so important to these vultures that they had to go out of their way to knock the Singer Building down?!?!

Sorry, I had to get that out of my system... Once again great job ablarc. Thanks.

My favorite shot:

September 18th, 2006, 08:10 AM
As much as I hate to admit it, Downtown was more breathtaking and iconic before the Modernist boxes started filling in the gaps; it was only partly ameliorated by the arrival of the Twin Towers. It must've been quite a sight to see AIG, 40 Wall, and 20 Exchange soar above everyone else so majestically (and from another perspective, Woolworth).






Greeted by the craggy, majestic Andes. Now it's Table Mountain.

No wonder they go to Bayonne.

September 18th, 2006, 09:52 AM
When Romance Ruled ^^^

September 18th, 2006, 11:08 AM
^^..... and architects had a little more dignity in their products.

September 18th, 2006, 12:02 PM

No wonder they go to Bayonne.

This Queen's dead (along with the skyline that once greeted her), but tomorrow her successor, QE2, will be making a now-rare visit to the West Side Manhattan piers. She's due in from Southampton sometime before 8:00 a.m. and scheduled to sail for Newport and Canada at 5:00 p.m.

September 18th, 2006, 12:20 PM
^^..... and architects had a little more dignity in their products.
Besides that, it's also demand for large floor plates combined with zoning's FAR requirements. That yields squat, fat buildings that mostly rise to a plateau.

September 18th, 2006, 12:39 PM
Besides that, it's also demand for large floor plates combined with zoning's FAR requirements. That yields squat, fat buildings that mostly rise to a plateau.

They could have accomplished this by building taller not fatter. ;) :p

September 18th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Taller means more floors. More floors means smaller floors for the same square footage.

If you want big floor plates you build fat.

If you limit the total square footage with FAR, it also means short. That's what FAR is all about.

September 18th, 2006, 01:25 PM
I knew that ablarc. I was just being facetious, as per the smiley faces next to my statement. :)

September 18th, 2006, 01:29 PM
^ Sorry. I apologize.

October 10th, 2006, 03:05 AM
one word: thanks.

October 15th, 2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks. I got to say if New York was preserved in amber after 1945, we'd have one of, if not the most beautiful city on the planet. If only modern architecture could be built with the same vigor as its predecessors.

October 15th, 2006, 11:25 PM
I got to say if New York was preserved in amber after 1945, we'd have one of, if not the most beautiful city on the planet. If only modern architecture could be built with the same vigor as its predecessors.
I get your point, but you know with the recent improvements in public squares (Bryant Park, Union Square, Times Square, Columbus Circle), the much cleaner streets, the gradual elimination of parking lots and the proliferation of small parks, you could say we still have one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. The new buildings may not be as good on the whole, but the public realm has been enhanced, I believe.

October 26th, 2006, 11:32 PM
Just spent half an hour taking in all the goodness, while sipping tea and listening to some good music.

October 27th, 2006, 05:33 AM
What a great collection of pics!! Thanks.

January 13th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Thanks. I got to say if New York was preserved in amber after 1945, we'd have one of, if not the most beautiful city on the planet. If only modern architecture could be built with the same vigor as its predecessors.
Oh, I think there's plenty of vigor, but it's misplaced; when iconic it's often directed at making arbitrary and irrational sculptural shapes (BofA, IAC, Westin, even Hearst), rather than at enhancing expressively the shapes that buildings naturally assume (ESB, Savoy-Plaza).

January 13th, 2007, 04:57 PM
Preach on, Brother Ablarc ...
BTW, everyone here should check out Ablarc's "streetwalls of Paris" at http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=16869

Question for you. Assuming that we want ...

- human scale and visual interest at street level
- a mountain range of a skyline, as we had half a century ago
- and also the big floor plates that so many of a world-class city's office tenants demand today

... how can architects and planners best respond? You've made convincing arguments about what worked in the Paris of 1880 and the NYC of 1940. Are there any recent urbanistic success stories for world-class cities that came about through planning? Links you can recommend?

I'm sensing that the answer involves
- some loosening of zoning regs, especially on height and mixed uses
- paired with very aggressive landmarking of existing buildings
- and hoping for some technological advances to make supertalls more economical here ...

January 13th, 2007, 08:44 PM
I'm sensing that the answer involves
- some loosening of zoning regs, especially on height and mixed uses
- paired with very aggressive landmarking of existing buildings
- and hoping for some technological advances to make supertalls more economical here ...
Wow, the quality of that list is A-1. The last one is perhaps the hardest to achieve because building codes have grown prescriptive enough to squelch innovation. So much is described in those weighty tomes that we have pretty muc arrived at a point where everything is illegal except what is specifically allowed.

The second will be unpopular with myopic developers who haven't figured out its benefits in the big system.

Most folks and all NIMBYs think tighter zoning is the only thing standing between us and utter chaos. What they don't realize is that in many places (not New York) the zoning is in fact a guarantor of that chaos.

February 7th, 2007, 12:06 AM






Greeted by the craggy, majestic Andes. Now it's Table Mountain.

I think it actually looks pretty good in this picture:


Josh Derr's photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshderr/)

February 8th, 2007, 07:40 AM
I think it actually looks pretty good in this picture

Photographer up high, positioned so old slender towers dominate silhouette's crest, dusk obscures foreground's fat-ass banality.

There are photographers who could make Dick Cheney look virtuous.

February 25th, 2007, 11:26 PM

I was born one block over, 10th St. and Bleeker, and lived about 75' to the right of this building, at 89 Christopher St. until 1954. The wood siding was later brick, and it was a small grocery store, where I used to buy Camel cigarettes for my mother, .25 cents a pack. I also started smoking at 7. :eek: When the bus wasn't coming down Christopher St. I would sit right where that little boy is sitting, and watch the chain driven coal trucks and the ice delivery trucks, go by. Jesus, that's a long time ago.:(

March 1st, 2007, 05:32 PM
^ Evocative story, namvet3.

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Some website must have posted a link to this thread; the hits are going through the roof.

Someone who knows: kindly tell me where all the hits are coming from. :)

March 6th, 2007, 06:49 PM
I have been enjoying looking at the many photos that "ablarc" had posted but today I tried to find them and could only find the captions. I am new to this forum so am still learning my way around it (its fascinating!) so would appreciate any pointers on how to find them again. Thanks.


March 6th, 2007, 06:58 PM
^ R.Lewis, the images will be back after my server restores them. They're gone because the thread got so many hits that it exceeded my allowable bandwidth.

As for why that is: I don't know; all that activity is fairly recent. Someone must have posted a link on a popular website.

What led you to the thread, R.Lewis?

Can you tell me where you found a link?

March 6th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Glad to see the photos are back and that there was a logical reason for their being temporarily missing. I'm always interested in seeing more new old photos of NYC so I really love going through what you've posted. A lot of them are familiar to me as I also collect books on NY - especially those that have old views of the city. And I love discovering new shots of areas that I haven't seen before. I was directed to the site by a friend who knows of my interest in such things and after finding it, immeadiately joined up. I don't know how he found it though. BTW one of the photos in that series captioned as a view of Manhattan from NJ isactually a view from Governor's Island. It's looking down hill towards a ferry slip.

March 6th, 2007, 09:24 PM
BTW one of the photos in that series captioned as a view of Manhattan from NJ isactually a view from Governor's Island. It's looking down hill towards a ferry slip.
Yeah, thanks, it's this one:


Should have known. The ferry terminal and flanking buildings are still there, and I've been to Governors Island.

By the way, as long as we're correcting each other: there's no apostrophe in Governors Island. ;)

There's at least one additional error in the captions --a misidentified ship-- but I can't use the edit function to correct captions because there's now a ten picture limit per post, and the program then kicks out the entire post as having too many images!

I'd have to break up the post into about twenty parts to edit any part of it.

The intersection of technology and administration. :p

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Can you ask your friend how he found the thread?


March 7th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Thanks for the correction. I realize the punctuation was wrong but must have put it in as a matter of habit for other possesives. I also recognized the view from a trip to the island some years ago though of course the building configuration is greatly changed. I'll ask about where he first found the site when I next see him. I've been browsing through the many notes and photos and it certainly is a treasure house of NYC visuals! Also find it interesting to see how many viewers there are from other countries.

March 17th, 2007, 10:50 PM
Oh my goodness! This is by far one of the greatest threads to ever exist in the short history of the internet. I should've been out the door at least a half hour ago but this has totally enraptured me. My head is shaking in disbelief at all the evocative pictures..

March 18th, 2007, 02:24 AM
this thread deserves a bump

March 18th, 2007, 03:27 PM
Oh my....how low NYC's skyline has sunk... beautiful distinguished spires, crowns drowned out by mindless corporate boxes of bulk.



March 19th, 2007, 11:22 AM
The photo captioned "Henry Hudson Parkway at 72nd St.: fancy interchange. Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1937." is really 79th Street with what looks like the construction of the 79th Street Boat Basin.

What a wonderful collection of photos! Thanks to all concerned.

March 19th, 2007, 02:47 PM
The photo captioned "Henry Hudson Parkway at 72nd St.: fancy interchange. Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1937." is really 79th Street with what looks like the construction of the 79th Street Boat Basin.
That's right, silly of me.

Thanks for the correction.

March 19th, 2007, 04:07 PM
A tiny blemish^ on an otherwise immaculate exhibition. :)

March 21st, 2007, 02:51 PM
What a wonderful collection of old photos! I love this city so much. Thanks.

March 27th, 2007, 10:46 PM
These are all very historical and very unique pictures. Many could be viewed recently at the New York Historical Society and can often be viewed online, buit even so i am saving this page so that i may enjoy it in the future.

March 28th, 2007, 03:15 PM
Nice collection on photos. I have some more recent ones on my web site, circa 1980-1990. www.bqephoto.com (http://www.bqephoto.com) It is interesting to see how the City is evolving. Dan

April 18th, 2007, 06:56 PM
the sky shot over midtown incorrectly identifies St. Thomas church as the place of Jackie O's funeral. Jackie O was roman catholic. St. thomas church is an Episcopal Church. Her funeral was at a Catholic church further uptown.:)

April 21st, 2007, 12:10 AM
I am more than ever desirous of seeing this city. If the city itself has 1/10th the draw of those photos, i will be happy. A++++ job. Most of the crime fiction takes place in big cities and NY seems to be the biggest setting. So many of my favorite stars, writers, poets and artists live there I just have to see it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful vision.:):):)

April 21st, 2007, 02:06 AM
I would quote, but there were too many pictures so I couldn't be bothered to go through the whole thing and find the one picture.

But anyway, I'll admit felt a tang of sadness when I saw that pic by the original poster of West St back in 1885, when the World Trade Center hadn't even been thought of and it's terrible death was more than a hundred years away... :(

But great pictures, everybody. New York looked so elegant (and still does) while it was growing up! :cool:

(This is my 343rd post!! Remember the 9/11 firefighters!!)

April 21st, 2007, 02:33 AM
Since this thread has been resurrected, thought I'd take another look. Never get tired of seeing old photos of New York's architectural heritage and sometimes feeling sad knowing something has been replaced, but often feeling elated by the knowledge that a lot of it is still there.

Thanks, Ablarc, for taking the considerable trouble to post them all.


Tower trio. Slender flattop is Irving Trust, tower at right now belongs to Trump.

If you're referring to the left-most tower, Ablarc, it's (formerly) City Bank Farmers Trust or 20 Exchange Place. The shorter tower to the right of 40 Wall (Trump) is Irving Trust. I'm sure you knew that.

April 21st, 2007, 02:41 AM
This is gonna sound really weird, but the city actually looks sexy in black and white... :D

April 21st, 2007, 07:47 AM
That downtown skyline puts today's to shame.:(

April 21st, 2007, 04:43 PM
Yeah. The skyline from the 30s was impressive (and there's a great documentary about how they recreated it in the 3 disk edition of King King, you should check it out sometime if you can). All the different styles used and the absence of glass facade was very authentic, and must have looked incredible from the top of the Empire State Building. It's great that a lot of those old skyscrapers (Like the GE Building, the Woolworth Building, the Chrysler Building and, of course, the ESB, and many others) still exist among the skyline today.

But is it just me or do the taller skyscrapers in Downtown in these photos look a lot taller than they do these days? A lot of the new skyscrapers tower high above these ones, which makes all these old ones look very short, like the Woolworth Building.

April 21st, 2007, 05:52 PM
It's the slender tapering profiles -- plus the space around them -- that made them appear to rise forever. The bulkiness of newer buildings gives them a visual weight that roots them to the ground -- lots of mass, but not necessarily much upward thrusting energy, which is a hallmark of older NYC skyscrapers.

Plus when those classic NYC skyscrapers went up they were the tallest buildings in the world, and all together here in one place. They played off one another.

April 21st, 2007, 06:04 PM
It's the slender tapering profiles -- plus the space around them -- that made them appear to rise forever. The bulkiness of newer buildings gives them a visual weight that roots them to the ground -- lots of mass, but not necessarily much upward thrusting energy, which is a hallmark of older NYC skyscrapers.

Plus when those classic NYC skyscrapers went up they were the tallest buildings in the world, and all together here in one place. They played off one another.

Yeah, you're probably right. We need a new version of this picture:


Tower trio. Slender flattop is Irving Trust, tower at right now belongs to Trump.

Lofter, could you do that sometime? Or anyone else in New York? It'd be nice to get the comparison. And I'll give you a cookie... :D

The Wordworker
May 1st, 2007, 03:40 PM
Looking at pics of some of New Yourk's lost jewels makes me just want to weep. But, overall, it was a fun tour through the decades. The greatest city in the world, in my humble opinion. Too bad it's such a chore to get there--thank God for that marvelous mass transit system!

June 23rd, 2007, 07:43 AM
Hmm... I thought a black background might be interesting... I cleaned up some double posted photos from the end, moved everything to the centre and took the liberty of removing the slightly over the top footage of running horses, etc.

Hope this is satisfactory. Bit of a museum piece really...

http://www.wn100.plus.com/NewYorkB&W.htm <<< old url


January 2009 update:

I moved house and we get cable here so I have a completely new internet setup. Therefore, the new url is:


Since June 2007 the old url had 336 visits. Nice.

August 7th, 2007, 10:07 AM
It was a amazing city and still

August 8th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Hmm... I thought a black background might be interesting... I cleaned up some double posted photos from the end, moved everything to the centre and took the Liberty of removing the over the top footage of running horses, etc.

Hope this is satisfactory. Bit of a museum really...

Nice job.

October 5th, 2007, 02:00 PM
Does anyone know who I can contact about purchasing one or more digitals of these NY black&White photos for a project my company is working on? Please message me if this is possible, we are on a tight time line.
The pics we are interested in are Riverside Drive Viaduct, Pearl street 1942, and Lower Broadway 1899. Lots of Hats.
Please let me know asap.

October 26th, 2007, 04:47 PM
Thanks very much for posting these pics.....I've been looking at them for almost an hour -- it's like being in a time machine. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. :)

October 27th, 2007, 05:17 AM
Very nice pictures! What a change the city has gone throu over the years! :eek: :D

October 27th, 2007, 10:05 PM
You can see how the city is slowly rising. I was going to make a gif but...

vieilles_annonces (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vieilles_annonces/)





Is the best yet to come?

The Ninja
October 29th, 2007, 12:17 PM
Outstanding pictures.


October 31st, 2007, 08:07 AM
By comparing pictures in Derek's series you can observe the subtle transformation of MetLife's Beaux-Arts tower.

November 22nd, 2007, 06:40 PM
What fantastic pictures!

I love old photographs, these are wonderful.

December 13th, 2007, 09:23 PM
banstead (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12220922@N05/)

Will be amazing to see this again.

December 16th, 2007, 05:12 PM
Hi guys!
I'm French, my name is Thomas, I'm 27yo
I've been in NYC 3 times and it's always more and more exciting. I really love this city.
You could see some of the pics I made over there in October 2005 here:

But I registered for one reason...I was totally amazed by the pictures in the first pages of this thread.
Unfortunately, it seems they disappeared...Are they about to be posted again or did I forget to save these masterpieces of history/architecture for ever??

Please, tell me they're gonna be back on the site soon...I really hope so
Thanks and keep posting...Ny, Ny, Big City of Dreams...

C ya guys

December 16th, 2007, 06:34 PM
^ The pics will be back up just as soon as I can figure out how to keep them from exceeding my allotted bandwidth.

Someone posted links to these pics that resulted in hundrerds of thousands of hits. This had the effect of shutting down my account with my server in spite of purchasing a lot of extra and expensive bandwidth. I finally had to take "New York in Black and White" off to keep everything else of mine from going down the drain along with it.

First I need to figure out how to accommodate all those hits, then I'll restore the thread.

Sorry ... and stay tuned.

December 17th, 2007, 11:04 PM
Some awesome b&w pics on this page.


December 17th, 2007, 11:43 PM

Cool. No NYC towers do this no more. The only tower I have ever seen this done is the Place Ville-Marie (http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?b937) in Montreal.


December 19th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Ablarc, I look forward to seeing the pics again once you find a new host. In the meantime, here are some b/w pics that were on my hard drive. Hope they're not reposts.




Bowling Green 1914

Same spot in 1974

Park Row & St Paul's Chapel 1892

Same spot in 1974. I believe St Paul's is the oldest building in NYC, and thankfully survived the collapse of the WTC.

Trinity Church cemetery 1890

Same spot 1974

December 19th, 2007, 11:50 PM
trolleys, trolleys everywhere :)

can't we get rid of the stupid automobile?

December 20th, 2007, 12:01 AM
The decision to remove the trolley's in the late 40's & 50's was shortsighted incompetence on the part of many. At the time it was considered "progress" (i.e. finally got those damn trolleys out of the way, they were blocking the automobiles). Fast forward 50 years and they're talking about congestion charging to get the automobiles the hell out.

Simple solution. Bring back the trolleys. Who can afford to park in NYC anyway, much less deal with the traffic.

December 20th, 2007, 12:13 AM
Same thing happened to most American cities of note. At least New York was left with a legacy of extensive below-ground transport. Others weren't so lucky.

December 22nd, 2007, 03:28 PM
hercules323 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hercules323/)

I guess this whole area was replaced by towers in the park.

December 22nd, 2007, 10:53 PM
As much as i like tall New York, old low rise New York looks so amazing!

March 1st, 2008, 09:54 PM
I realize I'm a bit late for commenting on this, but then again, you posted this picture about 80 years after it was taken...

Just wanted to mention that the HMS Leviathan was not a cruise ship, plus it was decommissioned and dismantled in 1920, three years before you say this picture was taken. So, which ship could it be?

I was curious, so I checked, but I'm not sure how to figure out which ship it is.

"HMS Leviathan and Singer Building., 1923."

March 1st, 2008, 11:14 PM
That ship is the SS Leviathan.



March 2nd, 2008, 05:16 AM
For those who have not seen this slide show.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/02/27/nyregion/20080227_RIIS_SLIDESHOW_index.html?partner=permali nk&exprod=permalink

March 5th, 2008, 05:34 PM
For those who have not seen this slide show.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/02/27/nyregion/20080227_RIIS_SLIDESHOW_index.html?partner=permali nk&exprod=permalink

^Living conditions around the turn of the century were oftentimes horrid.

Here's some more old NY in B/W

582 Sixth Ave Looking SE

Brick Presbyterian 5th Ave & 37th St; Late 1930s

424 Fifth Ave at 38th St; Late 30s

Fifth Ave & W 42nd St; Nov 11 1937(Armistice Day) You gotta love those cabs.


Fifth Ave Looking North from 46th St; Around 1940

677 Fifth Ave at 53rd St; Late 30's

At Sixth Ave/ W 42nd St Elevated station; 1930's

Street view of above station

Radio City Music Hall 1930s

RCMH interior during a 30's show

Rockefeller Center construction 1930's

March 5th, 2008, 06:12 PM
Sixth Ave & 53rd St w/RC in the background; early 60s

140 Eighth Ave; 1946

Dairyman's League at Twelth Ave & W 48th St; 1940's

E 15th St at Stuyvesant Square; 1920's

E 27th St & Fourth Ave; June 11, 1924

Kruskal Furs W 30th St & Seventh Ave

Janice Shops 167 W 34th St; 1940's

E 36th St & Madison Ave; 1940's

E 40th St & Madison Ave; Razing building to make way for Murray Hill Bldg. Nov 1924

Starting construction on MHB Jan 1925

March 5th, 2008, 07:07 PM
March 1925 construction progresses

Hotel Tudor E 42nd St & Second Ave

W 47th St & Fifth Ave; 1940's

Midtown Hospital sundeck 305 E 49th St; 1940's

View across Central Park Lake 1933

City view from statue of Liberty 1901
Enlarge:CLICK TO ENLARGE (http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/3c19582u.jpg)

Fulton Street Market 1943

1915 subway fire Broadway at W 55th St

La Primadora Ccigar store Third Ave & 57th St; 1920

11th Avenue in 1911. Was called "Death Avenue" since many were killed by trains before the edvent of the automobile.

March 17th, 2008, 06:59 AM
If anyone is interested, myself and a few other prominent individuals (like LoveCharlie later in the thread), have created what is quite possibly the most extensive and overwhelming collection of historic New York photographs on the internet.

If you find the first initial pictures to be small and rather worn from already plentiful views, be patient. Old Photographs New York (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=34300) only becomes greater, more extraordinary with every passing page.

If you fail to cry, you lack a soul.

March 17th, 2008, 07:06 AM
For those who have not seen this slide show.

Jacob Riis' New York (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/02/27/nyregion/20080227_RIIS_SLIDESHOW_index.html?partner=permali nk&exprod=permalink)

Indeed conditions were unforgivably deplorable, but what an exciting, intense and fierce time to be within New York, a teeming cornucopia of colours, languages, cultures, industries, and commerce.

The Benniest
March 17th, 2008, 09:10 PM
Wow. Lots of history in this thread.

Thanks for these awesome pics Radiohead,

March 18th, 2008, 05:51 PM
Thanks. I just added pics, but Ablarc posted the intial pics, so he deserves thanks as well for starting this thread.

PS I'll try to fix the dead links when I get a chance.

April 5th, 2008, 04:02 AM
An Elaborate Stable Fit for a Vanderbilt

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/04/06/realestate/06scap-600.jpg New York Public Library
FOR HORSES AND HUMANS The dormers of the Vanderbilt stable at 44 East 58th Street were decorated with three dogs sculptured by Edward Kemeys.

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&inline=nyt-per)
Published: April 6, 2008

There is a beautifully sharp image of this remarkable building at the New York Public Library (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/new_york_public_library/index.html?inline=nyt-org). Although the photograph was taken after 1916, when the stable was converted to a nightclub, it shows in excellent detail the French Renaissance styling of the two-story building, built in 1880 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
Its architect, George B. Post, also designed Vanderbilt’s house on Fifth Avenue from 57th to 58th Streets, where Bergdorf Goodman is now, and it generally matches that work, executed in red brick and limestone.

The image shows intricate leaded glass in the windows, a shield bearing the date 1880 and another bearing the Vanderbilt coat of arms, and delicate limestone decoration around the dormers. At the top of three dormers, above the windows, are Mr. Kemeys’s three dogs. The bloodhound looks particularly sad and droopy.

An article in The New York Sun of 1880 praised the sculptures and said, “So much action, grace and fidelity to nature were never seen in the architectural ornamentation of a stable.”

It described the stable’s interior as looking “like a Moorish temple,” with a central atrium open to a skylight, columns of ornamental brass, figured terra cotta and silver-plated stall hardware.

In 1916, the Vanderbilts turned the building into a nightclub, with the main entrance in what had been the carriageway.

Two years later, what was called the Club de Vingt placed an advertisement in The New York Times offering daily tea dances and an exhibition by a Japanese dancer called Itow.

In 1927, the Vanderbilt mansion was demolished, and in 1929 the old stable was converted to the Plaza (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/plaza_hotel/index.html?inline=nyt-org) Theater. It survived into the 1980s, and patrons may recall the peculiar sloping walkway to the basement. That was the old horse ramp.

E-mail: streetscapes@nytimes.com

Copyright 2008 The New York Times.

April 5th, 2008, 04:16 AM
The Engineers’ Building

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&inline=nyt-per)
Published: April 6, 2008

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/04/04/realestate/06scap-500.jpgCassier's Magazine/Library of Congress
The Engineering Societies' Building at 25 West 39th Street was photographed in 1907.

This majestic work was built in 1907 as the Engineering Societies’ Building, a $1.5 million gift from Andrew Carnegie (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/andrew_carnegie/index.html?inline=nyt-per) who wanted various engineering groups to establish a joint professional center.
They chose an old brownstone block just south of the future home of the New York Public Library. Hale & Rogers, with Henry G. Morse, designed a massive limestone and brick facade of 13 stories, 218 feet in height.

It had club rooms for three major engineering disciplines — electrical, mechanical and mining — as well as a floor for groups like the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. They all shared a 1,000-seat auditorium, lecture and assembly rooms and what The American Architect and Building News magazine called the “crowning detail,” a double-height library on the 12th and 13th floors.

That journal, like many others, had long railed against the common practice of leaving the sides of buildings in absolutely plain brick, and it praised the “Aeropolitan dignity” of the wall on the Fifth Avenue side, decorated as if it were a principal facade.

As Carnegie intended, the building became a center for the profession. In 1908, Maj. George O. Squier of the United States Signal Corps said in a lecture there that airplanes would never become offensive weapons. But he predicted bomb-carrying dirigibles, capable of speeds of up to 75 miles per hour, would descend on targets under cover of darkness.

In 1911, the astronomer Percival Lowell stated that there was definitely life on Mars, and he added that the Martians had a lot more reason to doubt life on Earth than vice versa.

The Engineering Societies left their building in 1961, and it was converted to office space. It is now the headquarters of Thor Equities, Joseph Sitt’s real estate investment group.

E-mail: streetscapes@nytimes.com

Copyright 2008 The New York Times.

April 10th, 2008, 04:12 AM

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

On Ellis Island, a giant autoclave was used to disinfect the mattresses of tuberculosis victims in the hospital on the south end of the island, where 700 beds awaited ill would-be immigrants. The hospital closed along with the rest of the immigration center in 1954, but it has not been restored and is closed to the public.

Copyright 2008 The New York Times.

April 27th, 2008, 12:44 AM
Riverside Drive Viaduct, taken last October:


The Benniest
April 27th, 2008, 04:25 PM
Absolutely beautiful MidtownGuy.

You have a gift in photography. :cool:

April 28th, 2008, 04:51 AM
Lol, that's kind but I'm just a point and click guy. My technical knowledge of photography is embarrassing and so is my camera. I don't even own a tripod. Utter amateur hour. I'm good with color, light and composition because of my art background but I wouldn't know how to handle a real camera.:o
At least not yet...I'll have one some day, with an awesome zoom, etc.

May 7th, 2008, 03:26 AM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/07/nyregion/lens650.jpgFred R. Conrad/The New York Times

The "eggs," or digesters, at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn are going into operation. Each tank is 140 high and 80 feet wide. The eight steel eggs weigh about two million pounds apiece when empty, and it has been calculated that one may weigh up to 32 million pounds when it is processing waste. Two began running late last week; the remainder are expected to be at work by year’s end.

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May 28th, 2008, 06:20 PM
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Looking through the counterscarp gallery at Fort Tompkins on Staten Island. In this 19th-century fortification, opposing walls, the scarp and counterscarp, are faced with granite and have rifle slits in them, enabling the fort’s troops to create a cross-fire to fend off attackers in the ditch between the walls.

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The Benniest
May 29th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Lol, that's kind but I'm just a point and click guy. My technical knowledge of photography is embarrassing and so is my camera. I don't even own a tripod. Utter amateur hour. I'm good with color, light and composition because of my art background but I wouldn't know how to handle a real camera.:o
At least not yet...I'll have one some day, with an awesome zoom, etc.
Lol. Not to worry. I don't own a tripod, and I'm going into graphic design and photography. Should I be worried? :p For me, it's just a hassle. When I was taking photography classes at school, I borrowed a tripod for just one night when I wanted to get a over-night shot, and getting it from and to school was annoying as hell.

Having a small camera, like myself (although I have a large one as well), can also take some amazing photographs as well. I use to use a Sony Cybershot (7.2 MP) all the time, and even took it to NY in March, and I still love it. And from what I've seen you taking with your small Kodak camera, you're the same way.

Keep 'em coming. :)

May 29th, 2008, 11:24 PM
Camera and tripod doesnt make the photographer. Any idiot can buy both of those, a good photographer should see the opportunities that the average person doesnt.

June 2nd, 2008, 05:11 AM
Streetscapes | Readers' Questions

An Artistic Subway Station Meant to Quiet Grumblers

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/06/01/realestate/600-scap-01-span.jpg New York Transit Museum
The Herald Square station of the Sixth Avenue elevated line, in 1890, by Jasper Cropsey.

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&inline=nyt-per)
Published: June 1, 2008

Q What was the structure at the far end of the old photograph of West 18th Street, published on Jan. 27 with the Streetscapes column about that street? ... Glen Reynolds, New Milford, Conn.
A It was one of a series of astonishingly artistic stations for the Sixth Avenue elevated railroad designed by the Hudson River School painter Jasper Cropsey.

The elevated line was bitterly opposed, and in 1878, Appleton’s Journal noted that owners and businesses along the route foresaw noise, gloom and cinders — “a monstrous infringement upon their inalienable rights.”

Protest meetings slowed construction of the line, but the Metropolitan Elevated Railroad Company had a secret plan: It hired Jasper Cropsey to design its 14 stations, to “quiet the remaining grumblers” forever, as Appleton’s put it.

Cropsey was trained as an architect and began his career in that field in 1842, but soon put it aside to pursue painting, especially picturesque landscapes.

In the 1860s, he again took up architecture and in early 1878 was selected to design the stations, at a fee of $200,000, along the elevated line.

He produced designs for heavily detailed iron stations that had much in common with a “Swiss villa,” as Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper put it in April 1878.

With peaked roofs topped by lacy ironwork and extensive use of Eastlake-style scrollwork, these were the 19th-century counterparts of the ambitious transportation works of our own time, like Santiago Calatrava (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/santiago_calatrava/index.html?inline=nyt-per)’s original design for the PATH station in Lower Manhattan (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/classifieds/realestate/locations/newyork/newyorkcity/manhattan/?inline=nyt-geo). According to most accounts, the Cropsey stations were painted a delicate olive green.
The line opened in June 1878 and was soon so crowded that passengers could not even board some trains.

But the architecture had done little to quiet the “grumblers.” A letter in The New York Times in June, signed “Vindex,” described the noise as “simply unbearable;” another, signed “Justitia,” called it a “deafening roar.”

According to an article in an 1884 issue of The Manhattan magazine, Cropsey’s name had been cast in the metal plate at the foot of each staircase. Apparently, none of the plates survived the demolition of the Sixth Avenue line, which was gone by 1940.

E-mail: streetscapes@nytimes.com


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June 4th, 2008, 04:33 AM
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

At the junction of three sections of Water Tunnel No. 3 under construction beneath Manhattan — at this point, 580 feet beneath Manhattan. This section of the tunnel is 10 feet in diameter. The project, to bring more drinking water to New York City, was authorized in 1954 and begun in 1970; several stages remain to be built.

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June 11th, 2008, 06:09 AM

New York, 1917. "Landship Recruit on Union Square." The U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden battleship erected by the Navy, served as a World War I recruiting station at Union Square from 1917 to 1920, when it "set sail" for Coney Island. This is the first in a series of photographs depicting life around and aboard the landlocked boat. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


New York, 1917. "Aboard the Recruit." Our first glimpse of life on the "landship" U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden destroyer set up in Union Square as a Navy recruiting station. For our marooned sailors there was a phonograph, dancing and a pet goat. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


New York, 1917. "Mascots aboard Recruit." Furry/feathery companions for sailors on the "landship" in Union Square. G.G. Bain Collection.

June 11th, 2008, 06:13 PM
United States Navy Recruiting Office, Early 1914

While it may surprise some today to discover that the U.S. government, during and shortly after World War One, believed that its military recruiting efforts would be advanced not only by erecting a wooden battle wagon in the middle of Union Square but by staffing it with a crew of exceptionally friendly sailors and pets, few at the time would have been surprised or shocked by these photos. Sailors have probably always been sailors, and the United States freely introduced homoerotic imagery and messages into naval (and other miltary) recruiting posters issued during those years. By the early 1920s, the government's first major anti-homosexual/entrapment campaign (wierdly led by then-Assistant Navy Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt) was underway, and homoerotic imagery is all but unknown in military recruiting posters from the Second World War.

U.S. Naval and Other Recruitng Posters, ca. 1918








World War Two: All Fun Gone



June 13th, 2008, 03:08 PM
An aerial shot of Manhattan by Richard and John Buckham.

From a set of photographs in The Daily Telegraph.


June 16th, 2008, 01:55 PM
MK, cool to see the source of your avatar.

June 27th, 2008, 12:02 AM
the sky shot over midtown incorrectly identifies St. Thomas church as the place of Jackie O's funeral. Jackie O was roman catholic. St. thomas church is an Episcopal Church. Her funeral was at a Catholic church further uptown.:)

I believe her funeral was at St Patricks Cathedral

June 27th, 2008, 12:06 AM
the sky shot over midtown incorrectly identifies St. Thomas church as the place of Jackie O's funeral. Jackie O was roman catholic. St. thomas church is an Episcopal Church. Her funeral was at a Catholic church further uptown.:)

I gave you the incorrect info onJackie O's Funeral It was held at St Ignatius Loyoal R/C Church Not at St Pat's

July 3rd, 2008, 11:19 AM
Very, very impressive group of images. Very few credit lines, indeed almost none, so they must all be the property of the poster. That's quite a job of collecting. Rivals - even exceeds - Library of Congress, Museum of the City of New York, New-York Historical Society, and others.

Christopher Gray

July 5th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Very, very impressive group of images. Very few credit lines, indeed almost none, so they must all be the property of the poster. That's quite a job of collecting. Rivals - even exceeds - Library of Congress, Museum of the City of New York, New-York Historical Society, and others.

Christopher Gray

A very, very impressive bit of sarcasm. I would think you'd have better things to do than attack those who merely wish to post and view vintage images of New York on this forum. Since this is neither a college thesis nor a for-profit endeavor, I wouldn't think credit lines would be a big issue with anybody.

Sorry if it hurts your book sales, Mr Gray. If you own copyright on any of the images, PM the poster and I'm sure they will be taken down.

July 22nd, 2008, 11:06 AM
Great collection of photographs.

But an error noted: See Rockefeller Center 1937 reference to St. Thomas Church on the left.
Indeed that is St. Thomas Church [Episcopal] on Fifth Avenue at 53rd street. But Jackie O worshiped at St. Thomas More Church [Roman Catholic] on east 89th Street and the funeral was at St. Ignatius Loyola on east 84th street.

July 24th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Thank you sir, for taking time out of your day to share these incredible pictures.

July 28th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Those pictures are amazing, it was great of the OP to take the time to post them.:)

August 1st, 2008, 10:05 PM
this was a simply stunning collection of photos of "old" new york!
i loved being able to recognize some of the things that remain the same, especially the decker building in union square.
thanks so much for taking the time to put this together!:)

August 2nd, 2008, 03:13 AM
1932 - Bryant Park on the right with Stern's department store across 42nd St. on the left before it was replaced by the W.R. Grace building.

eralsoto (http://flickr.com/photos/8534413@N03/2610857483/sizes/l/in/set-72157605812664251/)

August 2nd, 2008, 05:58 AM
Great photo. Bryant Park itself has not changed much over the decades.

John P Robinson
August 5th, 2008, 03:14 PM
brilliant work!!!!
I'm so glad you took the time to share your photo's with the world:)

I've only been to New York once last year to see our new grandson in Manhattan :)

What can I say the people the city and our grandson were all fabulous.

August 9th, 2008, 07:39 AM
Great assembly ablarc. Thanks for reminding us this was here as some of these shots are just classic old New York. Very cool to see Gothic, Beaux-Art, Art Deco dominate the Skyline as opposed to Modernism boxes.

I must say 1 (http://forums.sjgames.com/member.php?u=26929) that looking at the Singer building was kind hard to get through. It boils me up that those mo'f-ers actually had the gall to knock down such a beauty. Scumbags! How come they couldn't built that POS liberty plaza a block away I'm sure the space was available. Why was that spot so important to these vultures that they had to go out of their way to knock the Singer Building down?!?!

Sorry, I had to get that out of my system... Once again great job ablarc. Thanks.

My favorite shot:
I have this photo on calendar :)

August 9th, 2008, 10:21 AM
Great pool. Lots more photos in the link.
eratsoto (http://flickr.com/photos/8534413@N03/sets/72157605812664251/)









August 9th, 2008, 10:53 AM



The Benniest
August 9th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Here are just a few pictures I've converted to black and white from my recent trip in July. There will be many more to come when all of this college/moving stuff settles down. I'm sorry for the wait.






August 10th, 2008, 02:18 AM
Yo Ben...I think you short changed yourself when you converted!!
Your pics are sweet so, I took a moment to re image them a little for you. Hope you likes? if not I'll remove them.

(And My Favorite)

The Benniest
August 10th, 2008, 02:25 AM
Thank you monkey. :cool: I'm still trying to get used to converting, because black and white photography is one of my absolute favorites.

Thanks again..


August 10th, 2008, 02:31 AM
Good rule to Remember when working in black and white:
Contrast, Contrast, Contrast! ;)

August 10th, 2008, 06:26 AM
Here Today, but Maybe Not Tomorrow

In 2002, Stephen A. Scheer set out to photograph Manhattanville, the area between 125th and 133rd Streets and bordered by the Riverside Drive viaduct and the elevated subway on Broadway. The next year, Columbia University announced a plan to buy a huge swath of the gritty neighborhood to expand its campus. Thus, although it was not his intention, Mr. Scheer's work may come to be the last depiction of Manhattanville in its current form. This image is of the underside of the Riverside Drive viaduct, taken from 12th Avenue and St. Clair Place.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

The New York City Transit Authority bus depot and Riverside Park Community Apartments, from 12th Avenue and West 132nd Street.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

The West Market Diner at West 131st Street near 12th Avenue.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

The Harlem Bait and Tackle shop, at 12th Avenue near 131st Street.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

A view of tenements and Riverside Church, as seen from the platform of the subway station at West 125th Street.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

An incoming train, as seen from the subway platform at West 125th Street.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

The Broadway viaduct and the subway station at West 125th Street.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer

The Broadway viaduct, and the Manhattanville Houses at West 131st Street.
Photo: Stephen A. Scheer


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August 16th, 2008, 05:56 AM
What an awesome thread. I love looking at old new york! It doesny matter how old or new the pics are, they seem to encapture the feel of new york (if you know what i mean) and i love the reoccuring Coca cola adverts covering every era!

September 21st, 2008, 04:26 PM

some great old pics here!

September 24th, 2008, 02:34 PM
When the city was a city and not what it is today. Ugly structures with no sweat or soul.

October 8th, 2008, 03:17 AM
Any link to get these images in high resolution?


November 21st, 2008, 05:04 AM
Loved the pic I always wished that I was around when they had the Easter prade I wish we all can put on our big hats and walk down 5 ave wouldn't you just love it well I know some will.

November 25th, 2008, 04:04 PM
Amazing!!!11 :eek: I want go to New York :o

November 27th, 2008, 12:05 PM
Please dont quote massive posts when there is no need.

December 7th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Lofter commented in another thread that he loves NYC in black & white, and I concur. B/W photos from pre-war NY are the true classics, but even recent photos like these below have a timeless quality of their own. Courtesy of Zach K(Flickr)

Smoke break

Bridge Apartments over Trans Manhattan Expressway

Liberty & Nassau

Broken fashion plates

Down & out

Slow day

In your face marketing in Chinatown

Office on the street

Flatiron district

Neglect in East Harlem

December 8th, 2008, 02:19 AM
There's somethig in these black and photos that speak of true NYC life.

December 9th, 2008, 08:34 PM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/12/09/nyregion/jhny01.480.jpgPhotographs by James Hill/The New York Times

A metal palm tree, above, added a touch of optimism to a bright but deserted beach at Coney Island on a November day.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/12/09/nyregion/jhny10.480.jpgPhotographs by James Hill/The New York Times

Strong sunlight in the late afternoon of a different day brought long shadows to the Manhattan terminal of the Staten Island Ferry.


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December 9th, 2008, 10:28 PM
When I first came to NYC back in the dark days of the early 1970s the entire city seemed to be built in black and white -- asphalt streets, concrete sidewalks, soot-covered bricks, grimy limestone, dust bowls in Central Park, hot hazy summer skies ...

December 27th, 2008, 05:55 AM
A house on 34th Avenue and Brookside Street, Douglas Manor, Queens, 2004.

A gnarled tree on 85th Avenue between 165th Street and Chapin Parkway, Jamaica Hills, Queens, 2003.

Mott Street and Point Breeze Place, Edgemere, Queens, 2003.

A view of Jamaica Bay, from Beach 72nd Street and Bayfield Avenue, Somerville, Queens, 2003.

46-71 Laburnam, Flushing - Queens, NY 2003.

A gate on Brookville Boulevard, near Thurston Basin in Rosedale, Queens, 2004.

A house on 54th Street, between Grand and Flushing Avenues, Maspeth, Queens, 2004.

A house on 27th Avenue, near 100th Street, Jackson Heights, Queens, 2003.

A driveway on 85th Avenue, near 165th Street, Jamaica Hills, Queens, 2003.

The front door of a house on Laburnum Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 2003.

27th Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y., 2003

December 28, 2008
The City Visible

Little Boxes, Transformed by the Years


HUNG throughout Powdermaker Hall, the social sciences building at Queens College (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/q/queens_college/index.html?inline=nyt-org), are 58 framed photographs by Frank Gohlke and Joel Sternfeld, nearly a third of them 4 feet by 5 1/2 feet in size. The photographs, of street scenes in Queens, are a result of the city’s Percent for Art law, which requires that 1 percent of the budget for eligible city-funded construction projects be spent on artwork.

Designed by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, Powdermaker Hall was completed in 2004. Donald Scott, then dean of social sciences, was eager to commission for the building art that would complement its academic purpose and reflect the lives of the college’s students, 85 percent of them Queens natives.

Diane Shamash, founder of Minetta Brook, a foundation devoted to public art, suggested that Mr. Gohlke and Mr. Sternfeld, two acknowledged masters of American landscape photography, would be eminently suited to the task.

Although Mr. Sternfeld works in color and Mr. Gohlke in black and white, they share an abiding fascination with the visible traces of everyday life on the landscape, and Queens presented them with an exciting challenge. For nearly two years, they traveled the borough, a microcosm of America’s ethnic diversity in which postwar neighborhoods have been transformed by new arrivals from every corner of the globe.

Mr. Gohlke circumnavigated the borough to examine the points at which it met the East River, Long Island and Brooklyn; he also explored its many parks. But much of the time, he said, “I drove around and let my eyes lead me.”

Walking around neighborhoods, he was often drawn to the borough’s omnipresent and seemingly nondescript single-family houses. By focusing on lovingly added modifications, such as ceremonial ironwork and geometrically cut shrubbery, Mr. Gohlke brings to the fore Queens’s more mundane architecture and the distinctive presence of its current residents.


December 27th, 2008, 12:52 PM
[quote=Radiohead;264256]Lofter commented in another thread that he loves NYC in black & white, and I concur. B/W photos from pre-war NY are the true classics, but even recent photos like these below have a timeless quality of their own. Courtesy of Zach K(Flickr)

i couldn't agree more with both of you. this city's soul is in black and white as far as i'm concerned.

February 4th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Im just a small town girl from long island n.y. and spent special occassions in manhattan growing up as a kid and was always awed by the city, but seeing its beginnings just takes my breath away. wish there were more photos. ginny :D

February 8th, 2009, 05:12 PM

March 29th, 2009, 06:45 AM
The Last El Train

Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 5:35 AM

South from 59th St. , March 1952

All aboard

New York (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/New+York)’s elevated trains went back to before the Brooklyn Bridge (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brooklyn+Bridge), before the Statue of Liberty (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Statue+of+Liberty), relics of a day when grandmother was a girl, and after a certain point they became deemed rustily creaking menaces to the public safety. And they were, after all, losing money anyway.

Thus, by mid-20th Century, the old Second, Sixth and Ninth Ave. els were but memories, abandoned and demolished and little mourned, the once-dark caverns beneath the hulking overhead trestles now flooded with sunshine. Finally, only the Third Ave. line still rattled along, from Chatham Square up to 149th St. in the Bronx (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/The+Bronx), the avenue’s gin mills and junk shops still nestled in the familiar old shadows, rumbling with the deafening echoes of once upon a time.

Amid grand civic plans to brightly rehabilitate the entire East Side, a Third Ave. train made its final run on May 12, 1955, and the cutting torches went to work just two days later, and within a few months there was nothing left of New York’s els, vanished into history like the horsecars before them. Real estate interests were jubilant. “I just hope the avenue doesn’t become too expensive,” fretted one elderly woman who had lived under the el her whole life.


© 2009 Daily News

I only posted this for the photographs, not to start a debate about which was or is the last El.

March 31st, 2009, 04:48 AM
March 30, 2009, 5:13 pm

1840s Daguerreotype Is Sold for $62,500

By Jennifer 8. Lee (http://wirednewyork.com/author/jennifer-8-lee/)

This daguerreotype, showing a country home along “a continuation of Broadway,” was likely taken in New York City, in October 1848 or earlier. It sold for $62,500 at a Sotheby’s auction.

Updated, 5:42 p.m. |

A photo believed to be one of the oldest ever taken in New York City was sold on Monday at Sotheby’s for $62,500 (http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?lot_id=159525301) to a buyer who submitted the winning bid by phone, the auction house said. The pre-auction sales estimate was $50,000 to $70,000.

The winners were Billy and Jennifer Frist of Nashville. “It’s a very unique, historically significant daguerreotype,” said Mr. Frist, who has been collecting photos since 1993 and is a nephew of Bill Frist (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/f/bill_frist/index.html), the Tennessee Republican and former Senate majority leader.

The picture, believed to date from October 1848 or earlier, shows a white house on a hill with a white picket fence, next to what is believed to be the old Bloomingdale Road, the continuation of Broadway, in what is now the Upper West Side.

The photo was discovered at a small New England auction, and the date and location of the image were taken from a note that was folded and placed behind the daguerreotype plate in its original leather case. The note — misspelling the word “magnifying,” among other irregularities — is written in a neat, cursive hand, in dark ink on pale blue paper:

This view, was taken at too great a distance, & from ground 60 or 70 feet lower than the building; rendering the lower Story of the House, & the front Portico entirely invisible. (the handsomest part of the House.) The main road, passes between the two Post & rail fences. (called, a continuation of Broadway 60 feet wide.) It requires a maganifying glass, to clearly distinguish the Evergreens, within the circular enclosure, taken the last of October, when nearly half of the leaves were off the trees.
May 1849. L. B.
“It took a tremendous amount of research to establish where it was,” said Denise Bethel, director of the photography department at Sotheby’s New York. “The clue is the phrase ‘a continuation of Broadway.’ The owner thought the phrase ‘continuation of Broadway’ might indicate it was New York City. That was his best guess. We fanned out and did a lot of research to back him up.”

Bloomingdale Road, often referred to as “continuation of Broadway” in the city directories of the day, was one of two main roads that ran up and down the island in the 1700s. The other was Old Boston Road, which is where Park Avenue is now. Bloomingdale Road was named for the Bloemendael area, now the Upper West Side, and cut through hilly terrain in Midtown and Upper Manhattan, from Union Place to Manhattanville.

(The road name survived as the name of a restaurant (http://www.bloomingdaleroad.com/), recently closed, at West 88th and Broadway.)

The photo, whose creator is unknown, is unusual because it shows a bucolic scene at a time when daguerreotypes were still an experimental technology. Daguerreotypes, each of which is an in-camera positive image on a polished silvered metal plate, were very popular in the United States in the 1840s and 1850s (http://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/14/arts/the-photographic-treasures-of-a-secret-collector.html?sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1). They were generally indoor portraits due to the fickleness of weather and outdoor conditions. Early known daguerreotypes of New York City are rare, and those that exist usually focus on the urban setting of buildings in Lower Manhattan, such as Chatham Street (now Park Place) and City Hall Park. (http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/02/realestate/streetscapes-lower-manhattan-rare-daguerrotype-raises-questions.html)

“There were so many studios in Manhattan, it has always been a mystery why we don’t have more outdoor daguerreotypes of New York City,” Ms. Bethel said. She said she suspected that such outdoor photos were made but that over time their identifying information was lost.

“If we did not have this note, we would simply not know it was New York City,” she said.


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March 31st, 2009, 09:04 AM
I'd be happier if the city was able to buy it and put it in one of its museums.

April 9th, 2009, 06:48 AM
Brooklyn Heights

Trying to Recapture the Glory Days, Up in the Old Hotel

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The Art Deco swimming pool where Truman Capote splashed away.

Published: April 3, 2009

IN 1885, when Brooklyn was still an independent city, the St. George Hotel was rising on Clark Street, just steps from the East River. At 2,623 rooms, it would become the nation’s largest and grandest hotel. By the early 1930s, its new tower rose more than 30 stories.

Occupying an entire block of Brooklyn Heights, between Hicks, Henry, Clark and Pineapple Streets, the St. George was a beacon that attracted some of the brightest lights in American society.

During the hotel’s heyday, from the 1930s to the ’50s, F. Scott Fitzgerald (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/f/f_scott_fitzgerald/index.html?inline=nyt-per) raised a glass there, Presidents Truman and Roosevelt spent the night, and Truman Capote (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/truman_capote/index.html?inline=nyt-per) swam regularly in its Olympic-size salt-water pool below a grand mirrored ceiling. Celebrities and socialites danced in the Colorama ballroom, illuminated with about 1,000 multicolor bulbs.

But by the 1960s, the St. George’s popularity as an opulent destination had waned. Many of the hotel’s rooms were empty, and the place fell into a long period of disrepair. In 1984, the pale-brick tower was converted to luxury co-ops.

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April 10th, 2009, 06:36 AM
New York at the beginning of the 1960s















...girls reacting to cowboy











April 10th, 2009, 02:06 PM
East River Drive

Updated Friday, April 10th 2009, 1:17 PM

http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/08/alg_bigtown.jpg News
November 1939

http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/08/amd_bigtown2.jpg News
March 1940

Eventually it would come to be known as the FDR, but honoree Franklin Roosevelt (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Franklin+D.+Roosevelt) was not yet deceased in 1934 when Master Builder Robert Moses (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Moses) began planning his latest Mosesean offering to the automobile gods, and the East River Drive was what it was called.

Originally the parkway ran just from 92nd Street to 125th, its chief purpose being to provide readier vehicular access to the Triborough Bridge (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Triborough+Bridge) despite the fact that there was no Triborough Bridge at the time; Moses was just efficiently planning ahead.

After that, this key piece of the Master's circumferential road system spent the next 30-odd years creeping southward in assorted stretches here and there to the Battery, much of it on landfill.

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April 12th, 2009, 01:41 AM
A few more:











June 17th, 2009, 05:23 AM
This forum is amazing. I am from a different country and we will move to New York very soon. Nice to hear the history of New York here. Thanks.

I will be working in a big hotel in New York next month.

Simulation pret (http://simulationpretimmobilier.net)

June 20th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Scanned from my own collection of old photo negatives.

Strike of elevator workers, 1936.










New York City, 1936. Description: "Raises corn in roof garden. A determined amateur gardner produces a varied crop of fruits and vegetables in a complete 'farm' seventeen stories above the streets of Gotham. Corn grows tall and two dozen bunches of fine grapes swell the list."






June 20th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Scanned from my own collection of old photo negatives (and some slides).
Please not that these scans are not optimized or cleaned up with photo editing.

World Trade Center and Empire State Building.

Aerial, around 1958.

New York City, June 1939.

Woolworth Building.

East 37 st & 3rd Avenue, March 11, 1966.



Pan Am building.



Lower Manhattan and Singer Building, 1912.

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, ESB, Chrysler, 1937.

Probably construction of new Federal Court Building, completed in 1936.

March 11, 1927.

Brooklyn Bridge, 1950/1951.


Construction of ESB antenna, 1950/1951.

Street scene and entrance Empire State Building.

Part of Empire State Building.

View on Lower Manhattan.

Department store.

View from Manhattan Municipal Building.

Empire State Building.

In the distance Singer Building and Woolworth Building.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, November 23, 1911.

Construction Woolworth Building, 1912.


Singer Building and Woolworth Building.


Flatiron Building.

The 40s.

The 40s.

The 40s.

The 40s.

The 40s.

The 40s.

View from Municipal Building.





June 20th, 2009, 02:22 PM
All I see is white space!?!

Should be fixed now. Enjoy the photos!

June 20th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Thank you :D

June 20th, 2009, 10:32 PM
Those photos were amazing, both new and old.

June 24th, 2009, 06:07 PM
beautiful post! thanks!

June 25th, 2009, 06:31 PM
Who knew the Fred French Building was home to so many dance studios in 1928?


The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station in The Chanin Building - I wonder what this space is now?


July 24th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Here are some of my B&W. I'm no pro, so I hope you all enjoy:








July 26th, 2009, 02:27 AM
^ I really like the first two :). The detailing on Washington Square Arch seems much more clearly defined and prominent in black and white. Thanks Omega.

BTW: What's that white monstrosity to the right of the fountain in the third photo, with the four grey pointy things?

August 5th, 2009, 12:15 AM


September 20th, 2009, 03:37 AM
Just found this amazing view of Wall Street in 1878:




September 20th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Terrific links!

September 24th, 2009, 08:27 PM
From the New York Times Streetscapes article Where Lincoln Tossed and Turned (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/27/realestate/27scapesready.html):

Astor House, built in 1836 and shown here in 1913, was designed by Isaiah Rogers.

Astor House in 1913

The Astor House in 1913, when it was halved to make way for an office building. The other half was demolished in the 1920s

September 28th, 2009, 11:19 AM

Park Avenue 1957.

I don't know why, but this photo brings out the Kim Novak in me.

And I have the strange sensation that I'm being followed.


That's the Seagrams building going up over there. And there are a couple of other newbies in the foreground. I guess for some this is a photo of the beginning of the end.

September 29th, 2009, 08:06 AM
^ It was, however, a brave new world.

Little did we know at the time the harm that would come of it.

September 29th, 2009, 03:03 PM

This is Park Avenue and 107th Street circa 1900.

I guess this is one of those avant-garde conceptual art installations. *Yawn*

September 29th, 2009, 03:13 PM

A New England fishing village with NY-style art-deco skyscrapers. Who knew?

October 26th, 2009, 05:57 AM
It's gone (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3505&highlight=time+warner) now and not lamented, but just for posterity:

The Coliseum under construction in 1955

November 15th, 2009, 05:34 PM
A fantastic view of midtown looking north from 1933, best viewed large on the site below



November 15th, 2009, 06:05 PM
That ^ is always a great site to checkout.

November 16th, 2009, 12:34 AM
^One of my favorites. A lot of great vintage shots of NY and all over.

BTW, it's not NY, but this is one of my favorite shots from that site...

Overlooking LA 1960.

This is a color variation on this famous b/w shot...

November 16th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Hi everyone. First post...

Absolutely fanatastic shots. I was in NY in 2002 and hope to get back again in the not too distant future. I help run a forum of my own home city, Glasgow, and we have some old shot of our city here (http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/index.php) if anyone's interested. :)

James H

December 8th, 2009, 07:33 AM
LaGuardia Airport





LGA used to be the site of Gala Amusement Park

http://gothamist.com/2009/12/07/laguardia_airport_turns_70.php?gallery0Pic=1#galle ry

December 25th, 2009, 10:36 PM
On Essex

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Essex Street, between Grand and Canal: there may be no other place that depicts so dramatically where the Lower East Side has been, and where it's going. While most of the traditional Jewish businesses that once dotted the street are long gone, a few have endured. To be sure, there's evidence of gentrification. But somehow, these two blocks still manage to accommodate old and new, trendy and tattered, Jewish, Latino and Chinese. It's for this reason, that we're beginning a long-term series called On Essex, an effort to tell the story of a remarkable block. The transformation will, no doubt, continue, almost certainly at a faster pace, in the years ahead.

Through the photography of Lo-Down contributor A. Jesse Jiryu Davis and the first-hand accounts of business owners and residents, we hope to understand these changes a little bit better. In the near future, we'll begin to post individual profiles of many of the street's businesses. But first, the big picture.

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At 41 Essex, Rabbi Zacharia Eisenbach, 65 years old, is carrying on the work of his father, who came to this country from Israel in the 1930's. He is a sofer, a scribe who restores and writes Torah scrolls. Three other storefronts - Hebrew Religious Articles, Israel Wholesale Imports and Zelig Blumenthal - also continue to withstand the winds of change. At least two of those stores have developed robust online businesses, selling Judaica worldwide. But they are not the only businesses with rich histories on the block. Len Zerling (seated, below) runs G&S Sporting Goods, which has specialized in boxing gear since 1937.

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For four generations, M Schames & Son has been selling painting supplies at 3 Essex. And, of course, the Pickle Guys (owner Alan Kaufman pictured below), in business only for a few years, but soon to be a sort of standard-bearer. Their old nemesis, Guss', which moved from Essex to Orchard in 2001, will depart the LES altogether, for Brooklyn, any day now. That will leave the Pickle Guys, in the heart of the Old Pickle District (once boasting 200 merchants), as the lone survivor.

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Essex Street has, of course, seen its fair share of gentrification. There are the million dollar apartments at 7 Essex, a couple of swanky bars (East Side Company Bar and White Star), FIFI Projects (an art gallery). But the diversity of businesses and organizations on this block is still impressive. There's Safe Horizon (a shelter for victims of abuse and the homeless), a seafood importer, a clairvoyant, a tile store, "Main Squeeze Accordions" and a video game repair shop (pictured below). Add to this mix, a handful of service-oriented shops: a tailor, hair cutting salons, a pizza place and a wine merchant.

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Above it all, dozens of cramped apartments and hundreds of residents, many of them living in distressing conditions. At 11 Essex (pictured above), a 5-story building visibly leaning into the street, the city ordered an evacuation back in May. Some fear it was all a ploy by the developer to turn this 1910 tenement into a luxury apartment building. A six month court battle with affordable housing advocates rages on.

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We'll be watching for the outcome of that case, as well as the smaller changes taking place on the street below. The people who live and work On Essex will, no doubt, have a lot to say in 2010.


February 6th, 2010, 02:28 AM
While searching for a more recent view of the photo below (other than the one in Berenice Abbott's New York Changing), I found this (http://members.trainweb.com/bedt/indloco/jst.html) wonderful site about Industrial & Offline Terminal Railroads of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx & Manhattan.

What it looked like in 1969 (http://www.placeinhistory.org/projects/dumbo_development/?page=2) :(.

Flashback: Brooklyn, 1936

"Warehouse, Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn." Hey, that clocktower in the back could be yours (http://curbed.com/tags/clocktower-building)! (via the NYPL)

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These photographs were all taken by Berenice Abbott (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berenice_Abbott) in the same area of Brooklyn in 1936 (two of them on the now non-existent Talman Street). The clapboard houses were part of what was called Irishtown, which was under the anchorage of the Manhattan Bridge (this area is now called DUMBO, of course). According to this book (http://books.google.com/books?id=wOaA7yLwF-AC&pg=RA1-PA178&lpg=RA1-PA178&dq=ice+cream+factory+brooklyn+talman+street&source=bl&ots=nlDEUrRR_a&sig=HuqRY_XSO1BCzbLmbUkH_rNdAGc&hl=en&ei=HmlsS7bYIcqC8Qaw6MWCBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CBQQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=ice%20cream%20factory%20brooklyn%20talman%20stre et&f=false), back then it was "a slum of pre-Civil War houses renting for $15 per month. Lacking cellars, central heat, hot water, toilets, and bathtubs, many of the houses had been declared uninhabitable by the city. Talman Street was the remnant of an old cow path with an ice cream factory at one end and empty lots at the other."
In the 30s, Irishtown began attracting African-Americans, with little resistance or racial tensions. But by the 50s, the entry ramps of the BQE cut through the area and the houses, along with Talman Street, are now gone. However, the ice cream factory building still stands! (Check out all of Berenice Abbott's photos of a changing New York, here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nypl/sets/72157610903925533/).


February 7th, 2010, 10:55 PM
Garment District 1930's

Times Square 1920's

Manhattan Bridge

Some skyline shots from the Hudson side


Hoboken docks in foreground


ENLARGE (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4338236221_ecb4e84a22_o.jpg)

Park Ave 1940's. Elegant modernity without glass boxes

Manhattan street station

Looking west.

El at the turn of the century


From the World Bldg 1920's


59th St towers from Central Park

Ornate NYC 1910's

Subway entrance with style

Radio City skating rink

Subway construction


Eerie isolation


February 12th, 2010, 04:08 AM
Office for Metropolitan History
In the 1870s, a new entertainment district coalesced north of Madison Square, bringing hotels and restaurants. A stereoscope image shows the marble-fronted Grand Hotel, at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Broadway, about 1868.

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The Gilsey Hotel, which opened in 1871, is today described as Second Empire for its colossal mansard roof, but The Real Estate Record and Guide called it Palladian in 1870. As much steamboat as hotel, it is a giant tooting spectacle of cast iron painted to look like stone, with cornices, columns, pediments and other details cascading down to the angle it makes with Broadway.

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Theaters like Weber’s and Daly's stood on the west side of Broadway between 29th and 30th Streets.

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James H. Breslin’s eponymous hotel went up in 1904 at Broadway and 29th. French Renaissance in design, it was built of brick and terra cotta. By this time, the area was already off the beaten track, for entertainment and hotels.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
The Breslin Hotel is now the Ace Hotel. Two other buildings on the stretch are being converted to hotels.

Office for Metropolitan History
The Grand Hotel and Wallack's Theater in 1911.

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Looking north on Broadway from the northwest corner of 28th toward Proctor's Theater in 1911.

Office for Metropolitan History
In 1895 Alfred Zucker designed the entrancing temple-topped Baudouine Building, at 28th Street.

Office for Metropolitan History
The west side of Broadway between 27th and 28th Streets in 1911. The Baudouine Building is at far right.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
The Baudouine Building has escutcheons of anthemions topped by lion’s heads over many of its windows.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
The double-height temple space is so unusual that it must have been designed for a particular tenant, perhaps the Baudouine family, which had offices at that address. The crisp, unorthodox handling is typical of Mr. Zucker’s distinctive work.

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Poland Spring took over 1180 Broadway around 1910.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
1180 Broadway now.

Office for Metropolitan History
The Johnston Building at 28th and Broadway in 1911. Designed by Schickel & Ditmars, it has an all-limestone facade, unusual for what appears to be a typical commercial building. It is now under renovation as the NoMad Hotel.

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1161 Broadway at the northwest corner of 27th Street in 1944.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
A stretch of Broadway looking south from 28th Street today.

RELATED ARTICLE (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/realestate/14streets.html)


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February 12th, 2010, 05:32 AM
Flashback: About That Suburban Home On 5th Avenue



Earlier this week we ran a photo (http://gothamist.com/2010/02/09/send_us_your_snow_photos.php?gallery0Pic=7#gallery ) from the LIFE magazine archives showing the above snowy scene on 5th Avenue and 48th Street in 1947. In the background of the photo was something unusual: a house. Not a very old house for the time, either—more like a brand new one you'd see in the suburbs around then.

So what's the deal, right? We asked the Inside the Apple (http://blog.insidetheapple.net/2010/02/model-homes-and-dream-house-on-fifth.html) folks if they had some information about it, and it turns out they did! They report back: "It is almost certainly a prefabricated five-room 'cottage' put up by the Spence-Chapin (http://www.spence-chapin.org/) Adoption Agency in December 1947 (http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70E13FA345E17738DDDA90A94DA415B 8788F1D3). According to the Times, the house—valued at $12,000—was to not only 'serve as headquarters for [the agency's] fund drive' but also would be raffled off at the end of the campaign." A Times article described that intersection as "Fifth Avenue's suburban corner...where country cottages are displayed for good causes."

By the next year the house you see was gone and a new one was built; this time in conjunction with the release of the film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, starring Cary Grant. In the story, Grant's character flees New York City to build his dream home—but in real life, he got to have both... at least for marketing purposes. Before the film hit the big screen, General Electric and other manufacturers built nearly identical "Dream Houses" across the country (blueprint pictured)—NYC's was on this corner. More information on the dream homes can be found here (http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=pf_output.cfm&file_id=9031).


February 12th, 2010, 06:33 AM
Columbus Circle.

From the 1954 film "It Should Happen To You", which starred Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford.



February 12th, 2010, 08:06 PM

Classic architecture. But those tasteless canopies are like matching multi-colored neon slippers with a tuxedo. The perpetrators should have their photos posted at the local post office. If only tackiness was a crime.

February 12th, 2010, 08:11 PM
A terrific set of b & w photos at Flickr by photographer Mike Peters from 1992 showing the old Times Square Gym that used to be on 42nd Street:

Times Square Gym 1992 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepeters/sets/72157603419354716/)

The photos are on exhibit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepeters/4316171160/in/set-72157603419354716/) at the Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium.

BC Library is also home to the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive (http://library.brooklyn.cuny.edu/archives/hank_kaplan_boxing/)

February 21st, 2010, 09:19 PM
I don't think these have been posted before?
Before Harlem there was San Juan Hill...
Very interesting history here!
Can you believe this is the neighborhood where Lincoln Center now stands?
Original Caption on back of photo: 10/20/1940. THIS AREA IS THE FUTURE SITE OF
Amsterdam Houses--13 buildings, some 6 and some 13-stories high on 9.49 -acres.
The 1,080 apartment complex houses an estimated 2,382 persons and is
bordered by West 61st and West 64th Streets, from Amsterdam Avenue to West End
Avenue in Manhattan

Original Caption on back of photo: SAN JUAN HILL -

Original Caption on back of photo Tenements just south
of Amsterdam Houses on the West Side of Manhattan,
perhaps West 60th Street, 04/22/1949.

Inside an unidentified store at 201 West 63rd Street that
appears to have an illegal pinball machine (right), March 14, 1941.


February 22nd, 2010, 10:12 AM
I was wondering if you might have any of these--especially ones from the 1920s and 30s--in 1-2 MB. If you do, it would be greatly appreciated!

February 22nd, 2010, 12:10 PM
This thread didn’t get many replies when first posted, so I’m bumping it. Some folks might want to download some of these pics to their personal collections. The images are classics, so they won’t go obsolete. Or you could say they’re already obsolete --like being pre-shrunk

I kind of already asked this, but am afraid no one saw it...

Do you possibly have any of these in a much larger format? It would be GREATLY appreciated!


March 4th, 2010, 09:03 PM
An Elaborate Stable Fit for a Vanderbilt

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/04/06/realestate/06scap-600.jpg New York Public Library
FOR HORSES AND HUMANS The dormers of the Vanderbilt stable at 44 East 58th Street were decorated with three dogs sculptured by Edward Kemeys.

By CHRISTOPHER GRAY (http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?ppds=bylL&v1=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&fdq=19960101&td=sysdate&sort=newest&ac=CHRISTOPHER GRAY&inline=nyt-per)
Published: April 6, 2008

There is a beautifully sharp image of this remarkable building at the New York Public Library (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/new_york_public_library/index.html?inline=nyt-org). Although the photograph was taken after 1916, when the stable was converted to a nightclub, it shows in excellent detail the French Renaissance styling of the two-story building, built in 1880 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
Its architect, George B. Post, also designed Vanderbilt’s house on Fifth Avenue from 57th to 58th Streets, where Bergdorf Goodman is now, and it generally matches that work, executed in red brick and limestone.

The image shows intricate leaded glass in the windows, a shield bearing the date 1880 and another bearing the Vanderbilt coat of arms, and delicate limestone decoration around the dormers. At the top of three dormers, above the windows, are Mr. Kemeys’s three dogs. The bloodhound looks particularly sad and droopy.

An article in The New York Sun of 1880 praised the sculptures and said, “So much action, grace and fidelity to nature were never seen in the architectural ornamentation of a stable.”

It described the stable’s interior as looking “like a Moorish temple,” with a central atrium open to a skylight, columns of ornamental brass, figured terra cotta and silver-plated stall hardware.

In 1916, the Vanderbilts turned the building into a nightclub, with the main entrance in what had been the carriageway.

Two years later, what was called the Club de Vingt placed an advertisement in The New York Times offering daily tea dances and an exhibition by a Japanese dancer called Itow.

In 1927, the Vanderbilt mansion was demolished, and in 1929 the old stable was converted to the Plaza (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/plaza_hotel/index.html?inline=nyt-org) Theater. It survived into the 1980s, and patrons may recall the peculiar sloping walkway to the basement. That was the old horse ramp.

E-mail: streetscapes@nytimes.com

Copyright 2008 The New York Times.

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March 4th, 2010, 09:46 PM
That bloodhound is way out of scale. Must have been a family favorite.

April 12th, 2010, 06:11 AM
There's just something about this photo :).

Scanned from "Black and White New York", Bill Harris, 1994.

Corner of Broad and Stone Streets, 1919

April 12th, 2010, 09:31 AM
Scanned from "The Great Sights of New York: a Photographic Guide", photography by Edmund V. Gillon, Jr., text by James Spero, 1979, 1991

World Trade Center and Battery Park City

Upper East Side

Sixth Avenue

Seagram Building and Racquet and Tennis Club

Queensboro Bridge from Roosevelt Island

Lower Broadway

George Washington Bridge

Flatiron Building

Cooper Union

Columbus Circle, former Gulf & Western Building and Mayflower Hotel (replaced by 15 CPW)

Bellevue Hospital Center and Waterside Plaza

14th Street

Roy Eaton
April 12th, 2010, 01:00 PM
I need pictures of Tin Pan Alley betweeen 1907 and 1917 or thereabouts and of Scott Joplin residences during this period. 163 West 30th street, 128 West 29th Street, 133 West 138th Street and 212 West 138th Street. Do you have any? Or these neighborhoods?
Roy Eaton

April 12th, 2010, 01:36 PM
Don't find images of specific addresses, but did find a very interesting 1914 plan for a new Women's House of Detention and Court for the north side of that block on west 30th, dubbed the "Skyscraper Prison" -- the images might include the building at 163 West 30th ...

Image (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchdetail.cfm?trg=1&strucID=771785&imageID=1507847&total=51&num=40&word=west%2030th&s=1&notword=&d=&c=&f=&k=0&lWord=&lField=&sScope=&sLevel=&sLabel=&imgs=20&pos=45&e=w&cdonum=0#_seemore) from NYPL Digital Library

NY Times article (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E0CE2DB1E39E633A25751C2A9659C94 6596D6CF) from March 22, 1914 -- Full Article [pdf] (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E0CE2DB1E39E633A25751C2A9659C94 6596D6CF)

April 13th, 2010, 04:30 PM
http://images.ny-pictures.com/photo2/m/35991_m.jpg (http://ny-pictures.com/nyc/photo/picture/35991/image_rangers_rink_inside_madison_square_garden)

Picture of Madison Square (http://ny-pictures.com/nyc/photo/topic/6526/Madison_Square) thanks to thenails1 (http://ny-pictures.com/nyc/photo/photographer/604219/thenails1) and New York Pictures (http://ny-pictures.com/nyc/photo/)

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July 3rd, 2010, 12:43 AM
July 4th, 1953



July 6th, 2010, 10:03 PM
It sure seems hard to find any pictures of the City Investing Building. Anybody care to guess why that is?

August 26th, 2010, 07:26 AM
Fortune magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White preparing to take a picture from high atop a NYC building in 1931


September 18th, 2010, 05:09 AM
It sure seems hard to find any pictures of the City Investing Building. Anybody care to guess why that is?

Maybe no one at the time ever thought they'd knock it down. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because you never know how much you're going to miss something until it's gone :(.


December 17th, 2010, 06:03 AM
Huge Archive of Photos of Old New York Now Available Online

Thursday, December 16, 2010, by Joey Arak

http://cdn.cstatic.net/cache/gallery/5050/5266759138_ddc1f98e88_o.png (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/12/16/huge_archive_of_photos_of_old_new_york_now_availab le_online.php)
Old Pennsylvania Station by Aaron Rose (1964) just before demolition. [link (http://collections.mcny.org/MCNY/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox&IT=ZoomImageTemplate01_VForm&IID=2F3XC58QQUU5&CT=Image&Flash=1#/ViewBox_VPage&VBID=24UP1GUG9L7&IT=ZoomImageTemplate01_VForm&IID=2F3XC58QQUU5&PN=3&CT=Search)]

"Kids Showing Interest in Sewer Cleaning, Avenue B and East 17th Street" by Roy Perry (1940).
Avenue B and 17th Street?! Oh, right, before Stuyvesant Town wiped the tenements out. [link (http://collections.mcny.org/mcny/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&VBID=24UP1GU48QB&CT=Search&PN=1&IT=ThumbImageTemplate01_VForm#/ViewBox_VPage&VBID=24UP1GU6N8P&IT=ZoomImageTemplate01_VForm&IID=2F3XC58OSRLD&PN=36&CT=Search)]

Broadway and 42nd Street looking a bit different in this Byron Company photo (1920). [link (http://collections.mcny.org/MCNY/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox&IT=ZoomImageTemplate01_VForm&IID=2F3XC528U71&CT=Image&Flash=1#/ViewBox_VPage&VBID=24UP1GU56YQ&IT=ZoomImageTemplate01_VForm&IID=2F3XC5ODU48&PN=38&CT=Search)]

[All photos from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.]

We're not the first to notice (http://kottke.org/10/12/old-photos-of-new-york-city) that the Museum of the City of New York has blessed the Internet by uploading a ton of historical photos to their website (http://collections.mcny.org/MCNY/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MNY_HomePage), but we're probably the most excited. We even considered quitting this blog thing to pursue the full-time gig of simply combing through these incredible photos, but then we wouldn't be able to share them! The collection can be searched by era, borough, tag ("elevated railroads," "mansions," "hotels," "horses," etc.), keyword, photographer and more. Dead stadiums! Bowery flophouses! Street toughs! Folks, you can see the construction and demolition of the old Penn Station (above). Eater (http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/12/new_swath_of_images_of_old_new_york_dining_release d_online.php) has already mined the archive for vintage restaurant shots, so get to it, and post links to personal favorites in the comments.

The Museum of the City of New York Collection (http://collections.mcny.org/MCNY/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MNY_HomePage) [Official Site via Kottke (http://kottke.org/10/12/old-photos-of-new-york-city)]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/12/16/huge_archive_of_photos_of_old_new_york_now_availab le_online.php

December 18th, 2010, 03:34 PM
Found this image at Shorpy.com (http://www.shorpy.com/node/9512) of the Grand Central terminal concourse from 1910. From the days when form and function were equal and ideal.

ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5271375363_bbbdbc8a0c_o.jpg)

Leading down into the subterranean councourse seen above.....(also from Shorpy (http://www.shorpy.com/node/9488))
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5271583281_1c374a7e65_o.jpg)

Continuing with the underground theme, here's the City Hall station from 1904 (http://www.shorpy.com/node/7609).
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5246/5272217170_a645bbb404_o.jpg)

December 24th, 2010, 11:33 PM
The City as It Was, A Web Site Away



For decades photographers like Berenice Abbott and Samuel H. Gottscho captured New York City — its streets and neighborhoods, landmark buildings and bridges, famous haunts and hangouts. And for decades thousands of these images and others dating from as early as the mid-19th century have been languishing in the storerooms of the Museum of the City of New York.

But as the passionate photography world has just discovered, 52,000 of these vintage shots, including work by other masters like Jacob A. Riis, the Wurts Brothers and the Byron Company, have started appearing on the museum’s Web site. Days after a preliminary unveiling of this new section of the site, museum officials said 18,279 people had viewed 292,001 pages. The users were not just New Yorkers but from around the globe — Brazilians, Australians and Israelis, among others.

Online visitors first see filmstriplike rows of photographs flashing across the screen. They can then choose the work of a photographer; zoom in on any part of the image to, say, read the lettering in a sign; study more photographs of related themes and subjects; even save works they might want to see again in their own “light box.”

“We’re going to be real, and we’re going to be 21st century,” Susan Henshaw Jones, the museum’s director, said on a recent blustery morning. Sitting in her office, views of Central Park behind her that bore an uncanny resemblance to some of the photographs online, she added, “We’ve finally turned a corner.”

A decade ago the question was, Could the Museum of the City of New York survive? It had financial problems; attendance was down; its programs were lackluster. And for years it struggled. There was the proposed merger with the New-York Historical Society, which never materialized; the idea to place it at ground zero, a suggestion that was rejected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; the plan to move it to the Tweed Courthouse in Lower Manhattan, a notion spearheaded by Rudolph W. Giuliani when he was mayor and then scrapped by his successor, Michael R. Bloomberg. And with so much else happening on the New York cultural scene, many asked, Who needed a museum devoted to the history of New York City anyway?

Pose that question to Ms. Jones today, and she has a battery of answers ready. “I see us as the city’s official museum,” she said. Since she arrived there in 2003 after jobs as director of the National Building Museum in Washington and president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Ms. Jones has been out to transform the museum from a sleepy institution into a destination people will want to visit more than once.

“I am a New Yorker,” she said, “and this is a real New York story.”

For many longtime residents, the museum is synonymous with its amazing collection of dollhouses dating from the late 18th century, but its holdings go far deeper. They include three centuries of costumes, among them garments worn by Gypsy Rose Lee, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mary French Rockefeller and Marian Anderson. The museum has a large collection of theater memorabilia too, an array of antique toys and, of course, photographs.

It has more than 300,000 images of the city, among them shots taken for the Federal Art Project during the Depression and pictures made for Look magazine (whose photographers included a young Stanley Kubrick). As of now, 52,000 images are available on the Web site, with more to come.

And the public is starting to notice the museum. Attendance rose to nearly 250,000 in 2010, from fewer than 60,000 in 2002. A modernization project to renovate and expand its home has helped: more than halfway finished, this is the first major update since the building, a Georgian-style mansion on Fifth Avenue between 103rd and 104th Streets, went up in 1932.

The other morning, on the sidewalk outside the museum, construction crews were working on the facade, while a gaggle of sixth graders from Public School 105 in the Bronx were pouring into the education center. Some came to learn about Manhattan’s street grid and build a model reflecting principles of urban planning; others were participating in “From Wampum to Windmills,” a program that let them explore historic New York interiors.

“Our job here has always been a three-legged stool,” Ms. Jones explained. “First, to revitalize the mission of the museum through its exhibitions, public programs and publications; then to modernize the building so that our collections will be safe, with proper climate controls and storage; and the third, what I call collections initiative, meaning making its holdings accessible.” Eventually, she said, all of the museum’s collections will be online, but completing that effort will take many years.

For now the museum is growing into its new skin. A three-level addition containing a new curatorial center — with “cool” and “cold” rooms for the preservation of photographs — and a climate-controlled gallery was finished in 2008. Almost complete are new offices and classrooms for the 40,000 schoolchildren who visit each year. Work is under way to renovate and add climate control to the galleries in the building’s south wing. The final phase, which officials hope to start next year, will focus on modernizing the north wing, including three galleries and the auditorium, an undertaking that is expected to be done by 2013.

So far, $68 million has been raised for the $85 million renovation project. Of that, the city has contributed more than $40 million, while private money has been provided by benefactors like the museum board’s chairman, James G. Dinan, and the Puffin Foundation.

As for staying in its original home, both the staff and the museum’s trustees are glad none of the previous plans were realized. “We’re at the top of Museum Mile, close to Queens, a heartbeat from the Bronx,” Ms. Jones said.

Besides attracting international visitors, she is also eager to serve the immediate neighborhood, and so she has instituted the “I’m a Neighbor” program, which extends free admission to any resident of Upper Manhattan. (General admission is $10.)
“We’re not an art museum,” Ms. Jones added. “So we can do off-the-beaten-track exhibitions.” In the last few years the museum has presented shows about high fashion and even baseball.

“They’ve figured out how to dig deep into different kinds of stories and tell them well,” said Kate D. Levin, the city’s cultural affairs commissioner. “And they’ve done programming that looks to Harlem, the Bronx, Queens.”

Ms. Levin also noted the museum’s recent collaborations. Last year it joined the Wildlife Conservation Society to present “Mannahatta/Manhattan,” about the city’s natural history. And in February it is working with the Apollo Theater to offer lectures and other programs related to an exhibition on the theater. (The show itself is being organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.)

Mr. Dinan said he hoped that the institution would become a must-see for first-time visitors to New York. With technology like the Web site and eventual cellphone applications, he added, “we will soon be able to personalize the visitor’s experience.”

Both he and the board’s vice chairman and chairman emeritus, Newton P. S. Merrill, point to other city museums around the world. “There are first-class city museums in Berlin, Paris, London, and we’re on our way too,” Mr. Merrill said.

Ms. Jones also talks about the institution with civic pride. “If we didn’t exist,” she said, “they’d invent us.”


January 8th, 2011, 11:47 PM
3 Detroit Photographic Co images from 1900-1910. Best viewed large.

Picture from the Manhattan Bridge. Check out the large pic for stuff you don't catch at first. Like the woman on the roof doing laundry.
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5338092266_16a89f9724_o.jpg)

Snow on 23rd St
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5338163896_6678bbe61e_o.jpg)

ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5006/5338146534_a481cfbeee_o.jpg)

January 9th, 2011, 06:36 AM
^ The detail in that first photo is just amazing. It's really sad that the Singer Tower and City Investing Building aren't in today's view, along with the wonderful survivors.

January 9th, 2011, 10:16 PM
^A lot of the turn of the century Detroit Photo Co. shots on the Library of Congress site are great. They're huge TIF files and take a while to download, but they're worth the wait and space. I'll post some more as I get a chance, like these ones..

From the Singer Building ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5124/5340803801_634b142121_o.jpg)

The just completed Williamsburg Bridge ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5083/5340509071_36c5d65b5f_o.jpg)

Trinity Churchyard ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5086/5340599349_fe222535e3_o.jpg)

The Woolworth Building almost complete ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5340546965_c3c99d99c9_o.jpg)

January 11th, 2011, 08:42 PM
^ Marvelous, keep 'em coming, Radiohead :).

I don't remember seeing this one before:


Vintage New York (http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2011/01/vintage-new-york.html)

January 12th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Flashback: Growing Manhattan, 1916

"Columbia University: Athletic Field, Library, Lecture Halls. New York City, 1916."

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http://gothamist.com/assets_c/2011/01/14nyc1916a-thumb-76x76-588341.jpg (http://gothamist.com/2011/01/11/flashback_manhattan_1916.php?gallery0Pic=15#galler y) http://gothamist.com/assets_c/2011/01/13nyc1916a-thumb-76x76-588340.jpg (http://gothamist.com/2011/01/11/flashback_manhattan_1916.php?gallery0Pic=16#galler y)

We stumbled upon the New York State Archives image library (http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/digital/images/browse.shtml) last night, and dug up these old photos of Manhattan, all from the year 1916. That year New York City was the largest Metropolitan area in America, with a population of 5 million and growing, it was experiencing a building boom. At the time, it was home to the world's tallest skyscraper: the Woolworth Building (built in 1913). That year (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/zone/zonehis.shtml), New York passed the first zoning law (http://ci.columbia.edu/0240s/0242_2/0242_2_s7_text.html) in the county, "and because New Yorkers did not want to cap the height of skyscrapers, they decided that they would regulate the shape of skyscrapers.

The idea was that that light and air would reach the sidewalk... the height that you could build up to depended upon the width of the street on which your building was located."

That year Popular Science (http://bigthink.com/ideas/24668) published an article proposing "a project to reclaim fifty square miles of land from New York bay, to add one hundred miles of new waterfront docks, to fill in the East River, and to prepare New York for a population of twenty million." Just 8 years later there would be another plan to drain the East River (http://gothamist.com/2010/01/16/1924_traffic_congestion_solution_dr.php) proposed in an effort to ease up on traffic congestion. Alas, the body of water has escaped a concrete spill this long, so it's probably in the clear.

http://gothamist.com/2011/01/11/flashback_manhattan_1916.php?gallery0Pic=16#galler y

January 14th, 2011, 09:02 PM

Here's the Manhattan Bridge under construction 1908-09 ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5090/5355391373_495604aec3_o.jpg)

1948 Procession at Yankee Stadium for the late Babe Ruth ENLARGE (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4744369968_c144023581_o.jpg)

The House that Ruth Built in the '50's. Fans used to actually walk on the field after the game ENLARGE (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4698103359_5b4fb84409_o.jpg)

Another New York ballpark was the Polo Grounds, home of the Giants (until they left in 1957), and the Mets in 1962-63. It was torn down soon after this photo was taken to be replaced by more public housing
ENLARGE (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/2645097630_369c38b821_o.jpg)

This photo shows just how close the 2 parks were...less than a mile across the Harlem River ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5355468679_a01093c268_o.jpg)

And the last of NY's 3 great ballparks was Ebbets Field ENLARGE (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4715901774_e580749ab6_o.jpg)

...which was demolished soon after the Dodgers fled town after the 1957 season
A LITTLE LARGER (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2383/2522332427_150aa9e285_o.jpg)


To be replaced by another of Robert Moses' high rise housing projects

The above stadium pics from baseball-fever.com

January 14th, 2011, 10:52 PM
More from the LOC

What used to happen when the horses passed away? They just layed in the street until someone (the owner, the city?) loaded it up and carted it away on a horse drawn cart.
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City Hall around 1900 ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/5347596971_217114cf9a_o.jpg)

A colorized version ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5168/5347597885_5cee199703_o.jpg)

Broad St ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5348203122_8c03e6f5fc_o.jpg)

Bowling Green 1900 ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5245/5348198170_7c433310f4_o.jpg)

The Bowery Early 00's ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5085/5347584075_a86bf31ef1_o.jpg)

23rd St YMCA ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5169/5347569985_de4397183d_o.jpg)

28th St Subway station ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5281/5347571801_09180881c5_o.jpg)

Brooklyn Bridge subway Station under construction 1904 ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5004/5347589281_b9c2a0e505_o.jpg)

229 5th Ave & 27th St ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5123/5347580109_4d6c30c7e0_o.jpg)

January 19th, 2011, 06:35 AM
Polo Grounds, and Its Former Tenants, Emerge From the Shadows

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/01/20/sports/20POLO_337/20POLO_337-articleLarge.jpg Transcendental Graphics - Getty Images
A later version of the Polo Grounds, below Coogan’s Bluff, was the site of the Merkle’s Boner game between the Giants and the Chicago Cubs.

SLIDE SHOW (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/01/18/sports/Polo-Grounds.html?ref=sports)

FULL ARTICLE (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/sports/20polo.html)

© 2011 (http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/copyright.html) The New York Times Company (http://www.nytco.com/)

February 11th, 2011, 07:12 PM
Little Neck, as It Once Was







February 11th, 2011, 10:08 PM
Photo courtesy of Daily News Pix. Taken 12/1/43. Lots of good ones there.


March 14th, 2011, 10:43 PM
aerial view of lower manhattan looking northwest may 1906 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8534413@N03/5429106181/lightbox/)

March 25th, 2011, 04:05 AM
New york city looking so nice in black and white.

Clamps (http://www.tradefasteners.com/) | Nuts (http://www.tradefasteners.com/)

April 2nd, 2011, 08:35 PM
Great work!

April 10th, 2011, 09:20 PM
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/dlo?obj=ldpd_YR_1682_MH_002_004&size=thumb (http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/dlo?obj=ldpd_YR_1682_MH_002_004&size=large)

Taken from the then-under-construction Normandy apartment building @ 140 Riverside Dr. Courtesy of a fantastic NY real estate brochure website.


June 25th, 2011, 12:02 AM
Street View New York 1982 (http://streetview1982.com/index-street-view-panoramas-new-york-city-1982.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)

July 8th, 2011, 07:01 PM
Hi All, this forum is a great find. I have been doing research for the past several months looking for historic photographs of New York, in particular downtown NY to decorate an office. I have a small collection of candidates mostly from the New York Times Store, Shorpy, NY Public Library and the Museum of the City of NY. However, there are loads of photos I see in this thread that are not found on these sites, which are reputable and can guarantee a certain level of quality for framing and hanging. I would very much appreciate if the contributors to this thread can point me to where I can buy these photos, enlarged to fit a frame approximately 24 x 19". Thanks!

August 3rd, 2011, 08:08 PM

August 4th, 2011, 11:07 AM
Richard Sandler’s 80s: When Greed was Good

34th Street, 1980

http://s0.2mdn.net/viewad/817-grey.gif (http://ad.doubleclick.net/click;h=v8/3b59/0/0/*/d;44306;0-0;0;58418743;31-1/1;0/0/0;;%7Eokv=;rsseg=10151;rsseg=10160;rsseg=70105;rss eg=70098;rsseg=10515;rsseg=10534;rsseg=d72013;rsse g=10562;qc=d;ptype=blogs;%7Eaopt=2/1/908/0;%7Esscs=%3f) New York City street photographer Richard Sandler was handed a Leica in 1977, a simple action that changed the vector of his life. He began photographing the streets of New York, tapping into the pulse of the 80s. “You are recording your time,” says Sandler. “You are looking for trends. If you are in the street, you see it. You see everything on the street.” From his 5th avenue furs to the graffiti strewn subways, Sandler brings the grit and the glamor of the Reagan era to the surface.

You won’t see Sandler on the streets much anymore. He feels cell phones have robbed photographers of their subjects. “There is nothing more boring, nothing more nondescript and vacant than a person on a cell phone walking down the street. They seem to be out of the game,” Sandler says. “People are walking around in bubbles.”

These days you will find Sandler making films—a medium he finds infinitely easier than still photography. His Gods of Times Square won critical praise is 2000. Sandler is currently working on a documentary about the history of Martha’s Vineyard.

More work from Richard Sandler is available on his website (http://www.richardsandler.com/).


August 4th, 2011, 12:46 PM
realy nice posts :) I like NY in black and white.

August 21st, 2011, 12:23 PM
Dear sirs Im looking for information or pictures showing the Palladiun ballroom(1949-1962) located at 53 st and Broadway ,i believe it used to be a car dealer in the 30s,The Palladim Ballroom(Maxwell Hyman owner) was located opposite to the famous jazz places like the Birdland and others,the train station is close to it

August 28th, 2011, 08:13 PM
I'm SO glad you resisted the impulse to delete this thread--it's fantastic!! Thank you!!!
I lived in New York from 1964-67, worked at CBS-TV and then in the PR Dept. at the Parks Dept. when Tom Hoving was there. Am now writing a novel that takes place in the city in 1867. Here's the URL for my earlier book, to which this will be a sequel: http:www.hallamswar.com

September 18th, 2011, 02:34 PM
Back from long hibernation (i.e. busy w/ work) :) The first 8 photos are from Detroit Publishing Co/LOC.

Hudson River & Riverside Park
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5047/5340774667_b0848f40e9_o.jpg)

Interior of 34th St National Bank
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5347563503_2af8d2f094_o.jpg)

Art gallery at 281 Fifth Ave
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5243/5347582195_a6ccf87941_o.jpg)

38th St west from Fifth Ave
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5202/5348189112_24ddda7e6d_o.jpg)

Washington Erving's home around a century ago.
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5167/5341333644_85004f82ec_o.jpg)

Interior of the Little Church Around the Corner - 29th St
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5209/5347594425_0cb172c406_o.jpg)

37th St Storefront of Detroit Publishing and YWCA
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/5348177146_8562978109_o.jpg)

Funeral of NY Giants manager John McGraw at St Patricks 1934
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5216/5466917084_cc504e9d3b_o.jpg)

Interior of NYC Mansion
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5282/5233502262_3b14fc3cd6_o.jpg)

Shea setup for the Jets 1964
ENLARGE (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5017/5498374456_a74ee80702_o.jpg)

September 20th, 2011, 02:07 PM
This is some really great stuff. Thanks all for sharing!

January 25th, 2012, 07:35 PM

January 29th, 2012, 03:05 AM
awesome pics! wow

March 3rd, 2012, 10:10 AM
Pic #7 of the Barclay-Vesey Building (Verizon) is just amazing. Nothing to spoil the view of Art Deco splendour.

Kodak’s Amateur Photographers: New York (http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/kodaks-amateur-photographers-new-york/)

March 6th, 2012, 06:47 AM
As much as I love the current Columbus Circle and 15 CPW, that view in 1944 is really awesome.

And those kids getting all that physical exercise! It's a revelation!

Love Letter to New York: Classic LIFE Photos (http://life.time.com/culture/love-letter-to-nyc-life-photos/#1)

Andreas Feininger—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Fifth Avenue teems with pre-Christmas holiday traffic near 34th street in November 1948.

Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Young boys with play a street game in Spanish Harlem in January 1947.

Andreas Feininger—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Off-loaded freight boxes are hoisted up to loading platforms at the
Brooklyn Army Terminal in October 1949.

Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
An aerial view of the entrance ramp leading to the top of the
Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City, 1950.

Bill Ray—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Four boys climb on rocks in Central Park, November 1972.

Marie Hansen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Columbus Circle during a heat wave in August 1944.
A large Coca Cola sign and thermometer registers 100 degrees
on top of building next to the Mayflower Hotel, New York.

April 24th, 2012, 04:44 PM
^Merry thanks for the previous excellent post. I missed those so it's like found money. Very cool.

Hundreds of thousands of rare NYC pics. There's a link in the story to nyc.gov for the rest, but it has this message posted right now:
Due to overwhelming demand, the New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery is experiencing temporary difficulties. Please try again later.

Two-age article. Pics shown here are the tip of the iceberg but are fantastic, & btw the article is fascinating also.

See the photos! Huge archive of historical photos of New York City debuts online

Incredible images among 870,000 photos of NYC now available to the public for the first time

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 12:41 PM

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1066634.1335285607!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/image.jpgAP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project, Jack Rosenzwieg

In this Dec. 22, 1936, Works Progress Administration photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man looks at the Hudson River from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge.

NEW YORK — The two men were discovered dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft in a 12-story Manhattan building, as if dumped there, one man sprawled on top of the other.
The rare crime scene photograph from Nov. 24, 1915, is one of 870,000 images of New York City and its municipal operations now available to the public on the Internet for the first time.
The city Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database Tuesday. A previously unpublicized link to the images (http://www.nyc.gov/records)has been live for about two weeks.
http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1066635!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/image.jpgIn this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eugene+de+Salignac))

Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the photographs feature all manner of city oversight — from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.
The project was four years in the making, part of the department’s mission to make city records accessible to everyone, said department assistant commissioner Kenneth Cobb (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kenneth+Cobb).
“We all knew that we had fantastic photograph collections that no one would even guess that we had,” Cobb said.
http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1066638!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/image.jpgIn this September 30, 1936, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writer’s Project, photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man hands a program to baseball legend Babe Ruth (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Babe+Ruth), center, as he is joined by his second wife Clare, center left, and singer Kate Smith (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kate+Smith), front left, in the grandstand during Game 1 of the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project)

Taken mostly by anonymous municipal workers, some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years.
Researchers, history buffs, filmmakers, genealogists and preservationists in particular will find the digitized collection helpful. But anyone can search the images, share them through social media or purchase them as prints.
The gallery includes images from the largest collection of criminal justice evidence in the English-speaking world, a repository that holds glass-plate photographs taken by the New York City Police Department.
It also features more than 800,000 color photographs taken with 35mm cameras of every city building in the mid-1980s to update the municipal records, and includes more than 1,300 rarely seen images taken by local photographers of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/photos-huge-archive-historical-photos-york-city-debuts-online-article-1.1066641#ixzz1szbTJN7J

April 26th, 2012, 11:32 AM

I've been there:

April 26th, 2012, 10:27 PM
How the heck did you get up there? It doesn't look like a pedestrian walkway.

April 27th, 2012, 11:50 AM
I interned at the Port Authority a few summers ago and got to take a tour of the bridge. It. Was. Awesome.

April 28th, 2012, 07:08 AM
Absolutely stunning.

The site has been overwhelmed and is still down :(.

Historic Photos From the NYC Municipal Archives

The New York City Municipal Archives (http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/gallery/home.shtml) just released a database of over 870,000 photos from its collection of more than 2.2 million images of New York throughout the 20th century. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and more. I spent hours lost in these amazing photos, and gathered this group together to give you just a glimpse of what's been made available from this remarkable collection. [53 photos (http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/04/historic-photos-from-the-nyc-municipal-archives/100286/)]


An experimental exposure made on the Queensboro Bridge, on February 9, 1910. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

Queensboro Bridge under construction, on August 8, 1907. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

The Queensboro Bridge, leading to Manhattan, seen on May 1, 1912. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

28th Street Looking east from Second Avenue, on April 4, 1931. Google map streetview today here (http://g.co/maps/8xwy7). (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

42nd Street, looking west from 2nd Avenue. Chrysler Building at top right, "News Tavern" "Goblet Bar" at lower right, ca. 1935-1941. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

A view of the city from the Brooklyn Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, on April 24, 1933. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

part of the superstructure of the under-construction Manhattan Bridge rises above Washington Street in New York, on June 5, 1908.
(AP Photo/Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

A man reads a newspaper on New York's 6th Ave. and 40th St, with the headline: "Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris.", on May 18, 1940.
(AP Photo/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

Times Square theaters by day, in New York City. The Times Building, Loew's Theatre, Hotel Astor, Gaiety Theatre and other landmarks are featured in this January, 1938 photo.
(Bofinger, E.M./Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

May 1st, 2012, 11:08 AM
Joined this board just because this thread is awesome. Love the pics.

May 1st, 2012, 04:02 PM
Yes they are, welcome to WNY. I can't get over the 3rd pic down post 228. Queens looks like a quite rural hamlet with this behemoth looming.

May 1st, 2012, 11:00 PM
Yes they are, welcome to WNY. I can't get over the 3rd pic down post 228. Queens looks like a quite rural hamlet with this behemoth looming.

Thanks Maria!

Yes! It's amazing to see so few homes.

I hope they fix the archive soon. It's still down.:(

May 2nd, 2012, 05:02 PM
I just tried it again. I expected for the first couple/few days to be spotty but dayum! They really need to expand their servers.

May 7th, 2012, 09:12 AM
Oh. My. God.

West Street (Eleventh Avenue), 1912

much, much bigger (http://www.shorpy.com/node/12859?size=_original#caption)



May 7th, 2012, 02:45 PM

June 10th, 2012, 06:41 PM
Neat little slideshow with all the classics under construction, including an amazing shot of the ESB mast looking up.


June 11th, 2012, 09:09 AM
^ Nice, thanks mariab :).

Oh. My. God. (2)


June 11th, 2012, 09:29 AM
^ I could spend hours looking at that photo <sigh>. Just magnificent. Way too much is gone.

Need to find out what that amazing building on the far right with that extraordinary top is. And the one to its left with the arched windows near the top.

June 11th, 2012, 12:55 PM
Wow, well according to the caption it could be any one of these buildings:

the City Hall Post Office, the Singer, Park Row, Home Life Insurance and City Investing buildings ... Note the observer taking in the scene from the cupola atop the domed New York World building. Detroit Publishing Co.

June 12th, 2012, 05:34 AM
I know what all of the buildings in the caption are, and those two buildings are not any of them :).

June 12th, 2012, 08:08 AM
The building on the far right is the Broadway-Chambers Building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway-Chambers_Building), designed by Cass Gilbert, thankfully still there and landmarked in 1992. Sadly, the cheneau at the top was removed in 1925.

The building to its left is the Shoe and Leather Bank building, designed by Cady, Berg & See, sadly demolished.





September 18th, 2012, 12:55 PM

City Hall

September 18th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Actually, City Hall Obscured by the USPS

December 4th, 2012, 06:40 AM
14 Photos Of 1957 NYC, From Audrey Hepburn To Yankee Stadium

More from this series at MCNY (http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult_VPage&VBID=24UP1G77SD0B&SMLS=1&RW=1600&RH=710)

"Construction worker playing a bagpipe in an unfinished building. 1957." (Arthur Rothstein/MCNY (http://collections.mcny.org/))

Today the Museum of the City of New York announced that they've uploaded new photos to their archives taken by Bronx-native Arthur Rothstein, who graduated from Columbia University, where he founded the University Camera Club and was the photo editor of the Columbian. While he went on to spend years documenting rural and small-town America during the Great Depression (here is one of his most famous photos (http://www.weru.ksu.edu/new_weru/multimedia/dustbowl/big/cimarron_ok.jpg) from 1936), he eventually returned to New York City. These photos were all taken for Look magazine in 1957, and you can find more at the MCNY's website (http://collections.mcny.org/).


March 9th, 2013, 06:11 AM

Our New Favorite Tumblr Has Cool Photos of Old New York

by Hana Alberts


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Ever get all moony over old (or even not-so-old) photos of New York? Yeah, us too. Then this Tumblr we just discovered, NYC Past (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/), will help you get your fix. In fact, it'll be like your crack. Your crack that has page after page of enormous black-and-white photos featuring cornice-laden facades, turn-of-the-century carriages, suffrage parades, and ladies in long skirts arm in arm with men in hats out shopping along Sixth Avenue near the elevated train tracks. Most posts are tagged with their location and year they were taken, as well as their contents (i.e. horses; the Chrysler Building) and range from 1900 all the way up the 80s.

The blog has been up for a little over a year, but who runs it had remained a mystery. Under "more information," it just says "patience." But via NYC Past's sister site in Chicago (http://chicagopast.tumblr.com/), we managed to track down the site's founder—a fellow old-photo geek who by day works as a scientist researching the molecular aspects of human diseases.

Vallen Graham (http://vallen.me/), 34, is a relatively recent transplant who moved to the city a few days after a big snowstorm in late 2010. He told us more about how he launched NYC Past, his failsafe sources for old photographs, and his favorite eras in New York's history.

Curbed: How did the site come about?

Vallen Graham: For the past few years, I've been exchanging links to amazing historic photos with my friend John Schroeder from Chicago. One day, in late January of 2012 the idea occurred to us, that we should post these photos on Tumblr to make a more formal collection of what we'd been finding. So we decided on the names "NYC Past" and "Chicago Past" and the same minimal format using the JSTN HiRes Tumblr theme (http://highrestheme.tumblr.com/) to present large, high-resolution photos with a link back to the original source.

Curbed: Where do you get the photos from, and how do you decide what photos to use on a given day?

VG: All of the photos are from the Library of Congress collection (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/). I also enjoy browsing the collection at the NYC Municipal Archives (http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet). Generally, I like to post groups of photos on a particular theme or what's happening in NYC at the time. For example, the Grand Central centennial (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/tagged/grand-central), rain (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/tagged/rain), snow (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/tagged/snow), or even just a collection of photos with people wearing hats (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/tagged/hats).

Curbed: What is your favorite era of New York City photography history, and why?

VG: My favorite time period is around the 20s and 30s, when there is a noticeable shift from horse-drawn carriages (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/tagged/horses) to automobiles. This must have been an amazing time in the city's history.

Curbed: If you had to pick: skyline shots or street life shots?

VG: While I love the skyline shots and observing the changes over time, my favorite images are the street scenes with people (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/tagged/people). The street photography captures a slice of everyday life, which reminds me that our city has a rich history filled with unknowable personal stories. Also, the fashion was outstanding (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/post/19681393659)!!!

NYC Past (http://nycpast.tumblr.com/) [nycpast.tumblr.com]

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July 22nd, 2013, 11:16 AM
12/1/1943? So much for wartime blackout restrictions. Not that Heinkels and Junkers bombers had that range though.

Photo courtesy of Daily News Pix. Taken 12/1/43. Lots of good ones there.


August 8th, 2013, 04:17 PM
An excellent mashup of then & now news pics in NYC. Click bottom link for slideshow.

New York City then & now: Famous Daily News photos brought back to life

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Published: 08/8/2013 9:13:19

497 Dean St. Brooklyn, N.Y.

New York City's rich photo history has been well documented by the Daily News through the years. Many of the places, stories and lives lived by New Yorkers who have come before us are still alive and well, but locked in photography archives. Marc A. Hermann, historian of the New York Press Photographers Association, has juxtaposed then and now photos of New York City, bringing back to life people and stories of the Big Apple's past. Check out some of his amazing work ... March 19, 1942 is a day well captured in the Daily News' archive. Edna Egbert, who lived at 497 Dean St. in Brooklyn, climbed onto her ledge that day. The News captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. The building is currently painted red, but remains nearly identical to the way it looked 70 years ago.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-city-lens-news-gallery-1.1420501#ixzz2bPWU2noF

Erzsebet Dobra
August 20th, 2013, 03:37 AM
Beautiful collection :p. Would it be possible to use them on my blog? Of course with a reference to this forum thread.

August 20th, 2013, 08:44 AM
We appreciate linking to this forum. Many of the photos are in the public domain, and you can use them as you wish. For others, you can credit the source.

Erzsebet Dobra
August 21st, 2013, 02:25 AM
We appreciate linking to this forum. Many of the photos are in the public domain, and you can use them as you wish. For others, you can credit the source.

Thanks :)

August 24th, 2013, 01:26 AM