Saturday, January 26, 2013

New York City

I consider myself a California boy, having spent the better part of my life in The Golden State. But I love New York City too! There's no place like it. With over 8 million people, it is the most populous city in the U.S. of A. 

This first photo is from August 1955, and was labeled by hand, "Lower Manhattan From Lady's Crown". Pretty self-explanatory, I'd say! The Empire State Building was still the tallest skyscraper in the world. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge, and beyond that the Manhattan Bridge, and what appear to be several Staten Island ferries. Just a neat, vintage view!

Here's a recent photo for comparison.

Also from August 1955 is this picture taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building looking toward the East River. There's Roosevelt Island in the middle of the river. The U.N. building sticks up in the lower right, while the beautiful Chrysler Building is to our left. Any idea what skyscraper is under construction in the lower left?

Here's a similar shot, from Wikipedia. Lots more tall stuff!

And finally, I thought I would throw this one in even though it isn't as obvious as the others. In fact, I wasn't entirely sure this even was New York until I noticed the very top of the funnel of the great ocean liner, the SS United States, peeking up over that rooftop to our left. So wherever this was, it was very close to New York harbor. 


Nanook said...


We love shots of The Big Apple-! The 'city that never sleeps'.

Me thinks the building under construction is the Socony-Mobil Building, which was under construction btwn. 1954 & 1956.

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting..

K. Martinez said...

Geat pics today! All winners.

So much to look at in the first photo. What a beauty.

I really like the photo showing the Chrysler Building and United Nations Headquarters. You can see both the Secretariat building and General Assembly building. I don't think you can see that from this vantage point today. When I visited the UN Headquarters back in 2001, it felt like I was stepping right into the 1950s.

I love New York City too!

Pilsner Panther said...

I've been up in the Statue of Liberty's head myself; I was a very small boy at the time, but I still remember it. It's a very strange little room, the inside of her skull, because the waves in her copper hair on the outside make wavy lines all over the interior. Nowadays, you can't go up there any more, for the obvious security reasons.