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New York City: 1901

New York City: 1901

New York City as seen from the Statue of Liberty circa 1901. Cyanotype by the Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.


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New York in those days !

This is a great feeling for a New Yorker at least. We are enjoying the solitude and tranquility of the great metropolis!


In August 2009 I took a photo for comparison from the same perspective, in the statue's pedestal. It was a hazy day. I've tried to clear the image up a bit through Photoshop.

Not exact, but you get the idea...

And Today?

Oh, please, may we have a picture from the same vantage point as it looks today?

New York City in 1901

I love such sights.

Brooklyn Bridge 1901

The thing that strikes me is that the Brooklyn Bridge dominates the landscape, not just in width but in height and massiveness. You get the feeling that the bridge is as wide as Manhattan itself. (I know that at this narrow point, it actually comes pretty close...) It seems like the most substantial thing in the city. That's not the impression you get any more now that the overall skyline is so dense and high reaching. In more recent photos (distant pans like this, at least...) the bridges are dwarfed by the skyline and almost easy to overlook as a detail at all.

Bridge under construction

Linked from The exchange there indicates that the bridge under construction to the right, behind the Brooklyn Bridge, is Williamsburg Bridge.

These old photographs contain so much information, don't they? Resolutions on old large-format photographs being what they are...


What's interesting in this picture when you view it full size is just how many sailing vessels there still seem to be at this date. The a fairly nice three masted schooner with white hull near the middle of the photo, a steam powered vessel with sails as a supplement behind it, and a forest of masts over by the Brooklyn Bridge.

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