New York Skyline - Vintage Images


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

The New York City skyline has changed a lot with de rise of skyscrapers since the late 19th century, especially in Southern Manhattan.

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Antique photos of NYC





NY Panorama


Nieuw Amsterdam



City New York


Harbor NY


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


NY eighteenth century


Aerial image NY


NY skyline 19th century



New York Ratzer


Eighteenth century


Aerial views New York


Skyline old Manhattan


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Midtown Manhattan NY


Manhattan skyline 19th century


Skyline old New York


United Nations Buildings


Manhattan NY


Lower Manhattan


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


Lower Manhattan Waterfront


Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan


Old photo NYC


New York 1900


NY 18th century


Southern Manhattan


The amazing view of Lower Manhattan, taken from Liberty Island, on Monday, August 5, 2019 (photograph by Erika Lentz, U.S. Geological Survey).



20th century NY


Manhattan photographs




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New York Skyline - Vintage Images


Chrysler Building images


Skyline Manhattan NYC




Skyscrapers NYC


Empire State images




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