Those pictures were great. However, if you really want to see New York City (all of its boroughs) as it is, you need to do it at street level. You need to see all the varieties of lifestyles available, from the sidewalks with piss trails leading from bums, to everyday beach scenes showing the wonderful variety of people doing what they like most on a bright sun-shiny day. Complete with the sounds and smells of that event. You need to see the train rides throughout the city, as well as the street levels for the tourist and native gawkers. Its just too bad someone didn ’t invent the ability to smell all the food varieties available to be placed into scratch and sniff mode, for all the German, Indian, Greek, Italian, etc. restaurants. Ah, well the photos were great despite all the above. Thanks for the memories,…it sure does a person good to see how NYC has progressed in the 40 years since I last enjoyed the scenery.
As a long-time New Yorker (Manhattanite) I guess its’s appropriate to be reviewing pictures of the city here (even sites I ’m familiar with), particularly – given here on the 9th Anniversary of the WTC Disaster f– you never know whata’s going to be here today or gone tomorrow. Speaking of e“here today, gone tomorrow, my favorite pico” is of the old Yankee Stadium from 1923.…the one that was torn down last year.
Probably nothing tells the story of a city as vividly as its skyline. Seen over the course of the decades, it is often more the absences or the gaps that tell of significant and often traumatic events than new and daring constructions that seem to fight for viewers’ attention. This is surely true for Lower Manhattan, as the following stunning pictures from 1911 to 2008 show.
From the ‘50s onwards, the city’s growth rate started slowing down a bit. In 1950, New York’s population was at almost 7.9 million. When looking at Lower Manhattan’s skyline below, there are again not too many changes. Notice how the Singer Building, formerly the tallest, is dwarfed and almost gets lost next to all the other buildings. On the very right, don’t miss the first skyscraper in Queens.