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Prow and the Shadow of the Flatiron Building, 1902

Prow and the Shadow of the Flatiron Building, 1902

This is a seldom seen view of one of New York City's most famous buildings, the Flatiron Building. In this black and white photograph taken in 1902, the Fuller Building (as it was then known) was still under construction. Here the photographer stands on an upper floor of the nearly complete building and aims his camera down. From above, you can see horsecarts, streetcars, and pedestrians, but precious few by contemporary standards.

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Aerial Overview of the Woolworth Building, circa 1930

Aerial Overview of the Woolworth Building, circa 1930

The Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world from 1913 to 1930, around the time of this photo, when it was surpassed by 40 Wall Street. This photo makes its size apparent, as it towers over the surrounding neighborhood.  Also in the photo are City Hall and the Municipal Building.

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Aerial Overview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Croton Reservoir, 1929

Aerial Overview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Croton Reservoir, 1929

This aerial photograph, taken in the late 1920s, offers a view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Lower Reservoir in Central Park, and the skyline of Central Park West. The Lower Reservoir was drained in 1930, having become redundant some years before, and was filled in to create the Great Lawn. During the early years of the Depression, the site became a Hooverville, until Robert Moses ushered the project along in the mid-1930s.

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Aerial View of Midtown Spires, c. 1950

Aerial View of Midtown Spires, c. 1950

In this aerial black and white photo from about 1950, we see the spires of Midtown East, including the Helmsley Building and the Chrysler Building. The midcentury haze obscures southern manhattan and Queen, giving the sense that the world beyond Midtown Manhattan ceases to to exist.

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World Trade Center Under Construction, June 27, 1969

World Trade Center Under Construction, June 27, 1969

This black and white photograph, taken on June 27, 1969, by photographer Mal Gurian, shows the construction of the Twin Towers. In this shot, we look north past the WTC 2, or the South Tower, which is in the beginning stages of construction, toward WTC 1, the North Tower, which is well under way. Beyond the cranes of Koch Steel are the West Side Piers, absent of any hint of the World Financial Center.

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Aerial Overview of the Statue of Liberty and Upper New York Bay, 1956

Aerial Overview of the Statue of Liberty and Upper New York Bay, 1956

The Statue of Liberty stands at the entrance to New York Harbor, welcoming all to the land of liberty. Looking past her, you can see a string of barges heading into the harbor and an Ocean Liner heading out. Beyond them are the Lower Manhattan Skyline and the East River bridges. The golden age of transatlantic sailing  was coming to an end by this time, and the era of jet travel was about to begin.

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Aerial Overview of the Empire State Building, 1964

Aerial Overview of the Empire State Building, 1964

The Empire State Building is no less impressive when seen from above than from below. In this aerial photograph, taken in 1964, we can see the Art Deco masterpiece in all its glory. It dominates the midtown skyline, stabbing upward into the sky, defiantly daring someone to build a taller building. It would be nearly a decade before anyone would.

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Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season. Here we can see the stadium along with Prospect Park to the west and much of the Flatbush neighborhood, which Dem Bums called home.

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Aerial Overview of Statue of Liberty and Jersey Shore, 1935

Aerial Overview of Statue of Liberty and Jersey Shore, 1935

For a Lady pushing fifty, Miss Liberty still looks good. In 1933, two years prior to this photo, the National Park Service took over the administration of the Statue of Liberty from the War Department. In 1938, they closed the Statue for renovation from May until December. Most of the buildings in this photograph were demolished as part of the renovation effort by the Works Progress Administration, which was a New Deal program designed to provide jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression.

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Aerial View of Yankee Stadium and the Harlem River, 1933

Aerial View of Yankee Stadium and the Harlem River, 1933

In this photo, the camera looks west from a plane or an airship. Below is Yankee Stadium, empty. In the foreground is the newly built Bronx County Courthouse, designed by Max Hausel and Joseph H. Freedlander, and beyond the stadium is the Harlem River, spanned by the Macomb's Dam Bridge. Not much traffic is on the road or the river. Hardly the New York of today.

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