Found this in my files, December 2008
Not very vintage, but it’s quite the throwback!
Looks quaint compared to today
Yeah it does.
That small village in the distance. A village compared to today. So much has been added in the last 23 years.
Nyc in the 80’s, street view like… very cool.
Financial district in 1885
Gleaming golden buildings in Lower Manhattan by late afternoon light. The Hudson River, Battery Park City landfill, West Side Highway, The World Trade Center, Pier A, Battery Park, the East River and so much more. New York. Aug 1975 by Andy Blair, on Flickr
Easy to forget that battery park city is a land reclamation project.
Truly one of the largest projects in NYC history
All photos from the flickr stream of Michael Cairns.
the downtown skyline before One Chase
A panorama of Manhattan before the boxes invaded
moving on to the 60’s
70s. The boxes have taken over.
1980, Battery Park City in progress.
a view we’ve only recently been reacquainted with
there’s the skyline we all know. This is nostalgic for me.
I’m glad we cut down exponentially on the smog. You can’t appreciate the skyscrapers if you cant see them…
Such a different time when only the ESB dominated midtown!
late 60’s-70’s the invasion of the boxes
Have you guys ever seen this?
There is a ton of great footage and stories.
Also, I love the soundtrack.
I own the dvd. Its a great documentary covering the whole history. Highly recommend it. From the 1600’s all the way up to and a little past 9/11.
Any NY fan and aficionado should see it IMO.
Agreed, Chris. It’s a must see!
Thanks, I’ll have to check it out…
Speaking of… have any of yu guys been to the Museum of the City of New York lately. There’s an absolutely amazing new permanent exhibit (about a year old) that takes up the whole fist floor called “New York at its core”. It traces the history of New York through actual artifacts preserved or found at sites throughout the region. There’s also 30-min film that’s breathtaking.
This image is ripe for a gif showcasing 1981 vs 2017.