Anybody have a similar shot from today?


Nearly half a century lies between the two views of New York City’s skyline shown in the pictures above. The two photographs were taken from the same point—a tower of the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The upper one was made only the other day and the lower one is over forty-seven years old.

Architects, engineers, and modern machinery seem literally to have raised Manhattan Island out of the waters surrounding it. In the lower view, Brooklyn Bridge, opened in 1883, was just being built. Note how the buildings at that time seemed to crouch low on the island, only here and there an occasional church, spire throwing itself defiantly skyward.

In the upper view the buildings have fairly freed themselves from the land and apparently have become decidedly air-minded. In the immediate foreground is the office building at 120 Wall Street. Looming gigantic behind it is the Bank of Manhattan Company building, and far to the right of it appears the famous Woolworth Tower.

Still farther to the right, and beyond the Manhattan end of Brooklyn Bridge, is the Municipal Building. Note how the present height of the buildings almost completely obscures the distant west shore of the Hudson River, which in the lower picture is plainly visible across Manhattan.

  1. KoXa says: May 2, 20085:46 am

    Somewhat similar, but not as high up on the bridge. Not my photo, found it browsing, see author’s page for more similar shots:


  2. KoXa says: May 2, 20085:50 am

    Here’s another one that’s close, also seems from before 2001:…

  3. jayessell says: May 2, 200812:24 pm

    Just a year or two before the Empire State Building.

  4. Al Bear says: May 2, 20082:06 pm

    That is so cool!

  5. Rick Auricchio says: May 2, 20085:54 pm

    The Empire State Building would have been under construction in 1930.

    But it would not be visible from this point of view anyway, since it’s way up on 34th Street.

  6. michi says: May 5, 20085:53 am

    Wow, they are amazing pictures.

  7. Shanti @ Antishay says: May 5, 20086:25 pm

    I googled and googled, trying to get the right angle… 🙂 Here are one close one:

  8. Shanti @ Antishay says: May 5, 20086:26 pm

    The image is here:…

    It destroyed my link in the comments – sorry!

  9. Firebrand38 says: May 6, 20085:26 am

    Shanti that link doesn’t seem to work.

  10. Cole says: July 19, 20081:51 am

    Perhaps shanti meant this one?…

  11. George says: September 22, 20083:11 pm
  12. chrissst4 says: May 25, 20095:18 pm

    thats the best site ever

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