New York, it seems, is always under construction. As the industrial revolution enabled engineers to build taller buildings, longer bridges and expansive subway systems, New York had to have it all. The Empire State Building, which began construction in 1930 and took a little over a year to build, is still considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It remained the tallest structure in the world until 1967. The Brooklyn Bridge, is not just an icon of the New York skyline, it’s also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Our collection of vintage photos document world’s most famous constructions.

Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

View south toward Fifth Avenue and E. 23rd Street, with a portrait of the Flatiron Building under construction, 1902.  Completed that same year, the Flatiron -- also known as the Fuller Building, after George A. Fuller, whose company constructed it -- was one of the tallest buildings in New York City.  Today it remains an immediately recognizable icon of New York.


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