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15 Beautiful Old New York Photos 

Jude Newsome
Updated December 30, 2019 3.5k votes 561 voters 12.8k views 15 items

A collection of old pictures of NYC that'll have you singing "New York, New York" at the top of your lungs. If you've ever been to New York City before, then you know that the Big Apple is constantly changing and always under construction. These black and white photos take you on a visual tour of the city throughout the 20th century.

New York was, after all, the quintessential metropolis of the 1900s, a city in industrial overdrive as it teemed with millions of people and ambitions taller than any skyscraper. Speaking of which, this NYC photography catalogs the construction of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, among many other landmarks.

So take a stroll down memory lane with these 15 pictures that will remind you both how dramatically New York has changed and how resolutely the city stays the same.

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Empire State Building Construction, 1930
Empire State Building Co... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Beautiful Old New York Photos
Photo: Lewis Hine/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Chrysler Building, 1932
Chrysler Building, 1932 ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Beautiful Old New York Photos
Photo: Samuel Gottscho/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Aerial, 1931-1933
Aerial, 1931-1933 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Beautiful Old New York Photos
Photo: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Penn Station, 1905-1915
Penn Station, 1905-1915 ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Beautiful Old New York Photos
Photo: Unknown/Detroit Publishing Co./Library of Congress/Public Domain
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