Old City New York


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

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

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

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

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New York City



NY Central Park



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



Vintage New York


More Old City of New York:

Old 5th Avenue

Old 42nd Street

Old 59th Street

Old Battery

Old Bowery

Old Bowling Green

Old Broadway

Old Central Park

Old Chinatown

Old City Hall Park

Old Columbus Circle

Old Ellis Island

Old Governors Island

Old Grand Army Plaza

Old Herald Square

Old Lexington Avenue

Old Madison Square

Old Park Avenue

Old Park Row

Old Sixth Avenue

Old Times Square

Old Union Square

Old Wall Street

Old Washington Square


Rockefeller Center


Broadway NY 19th Century


Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline (1915).


Fifth Avenue 19th Century


Singer building NY


NYC Broadway Nineteenth Century


Broadway NY


City Hall Park


National Academy of Design


Bird's Eye View of New York


42nd Street NYC


Allerton House Women


Fraunces Tavern Museum


Fourth Avenue NY

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


Brooklyn Bridge


Mott St


Calvary Church


New York City Hall


Dakota NY


Trinity Church


Church Missions House


Lower Manhattan


NYC Skyscrapers


Madison Avenue



Bowling Green, Broadway - 1828.


NY Hotels


Historic Buildings


Antique photographs


Vintage images




New York Skyline images


Churches NY





United Nations Buildings




Empire State images




Flatiron images