Photography 40 Beautiful Old New York Photos  

Jude Newsome
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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 40 pictures that will remind you both how dramatically New York has changed and how resolutely the city stays the same.
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Central Park, 1943

Central Park, 1943 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 40 Beautiful Old New York Photos
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Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted departed radically from traditional parks at the time, designing Central Park to mimic the English countryside rather than recreating natural features of Manhattan. The result isn't just beautiful and thoroughly iconic, it's also the most-visited urban park in the country.
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Broadway and 7th, 1930

Broadway and 7th, 1930 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 40 Beautiful Old New York Photos
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Almost a hundred years later, and this iconic intersection remains immediately identifiable.
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Manhattan Bridge, 1988

Manhattan Bridge, 1988 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 40 Beautiful Old New York Photos
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How do you gets from lower Manhattan to Downtown Brooklyn? Via this bridge, which has been allowing New York traffic to cross toll-free since 1909.
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Times Square, 1949

Times Square, 1949 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 40 Beautiful Old New York Photos
Photo: via Imgur
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