Castles in the Sky. This might be the most romantic picture of New York, ever. As much as I hate to admit it, Downtown was more breathtaking and iconic before the Modernist boxes started filling in the gaps; it was only partly ameliorated by the arrival of the Twin Towers.
It must’ve been quite a sight to see AIG, 40 Wall, and 20 Exchange soar above everyone else so majestically (and from another perspective, Woolworth). Also, I think we should be thankful that, despite the many Beaux-Arts and other gems that we lost, New York still has more than its fair share of historic beauties, owing to the sheer scale of construction at the beginning of last century.
That being said, which loss was greater – Singer, or Savoy-Plaza?
Wow! Fantastic! I just spent over half an hour examining those. Thanks, I’m sure that was quite a labor-intensive post.
^^….. and architects had a little more dignity in their products.
Greeted by the craggy, majestic Andes. Now it’s Table Mountain.No wonder they go to Bayonne.
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Thanks for the fantastic presentation. Quite a few striking and sublime images.
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Great assembly ablarc. Thanks for reminding us this was here as some of these shots are just classic old New York. Very cool to see Gothic, Beaux-Art, Art Deco dominate the Skyline as opposed to Modernism boxes.
I must say that looking at the Singer building was kind hard to get through. It boils me up that those mo’f-ers actually had the gall to knock down such a beauty. Scumbags! How come they couldn’t built that POS liberty plaza a block away I’m sure the space was available.
Why was that spot so important to these vultures that they had to go out of their way to knock the Singer Building down?!?! Sorry, I had to get that out of my system… Once again great job ablarc. Thanks.
My favorite shot:
NEW YORK IN BLACK AND WHITE Woolworth West St., 1885 Herald Sq., 1888. 6th Ave. El. Terminal, 1892. Alfred Stieglitz. Winter, 1893. Stieglitz. Broadway, 1894 Herald Sq., 1895 Lower Broadway, 1899. Lots of hats.
Police Parade, 1899. Bowler hats, hardly any women. Tiffany’s, Union Sq., 1899. Early car and some figures added by artist. Getting a ticket, 1900 Easter, Fifth Avenue, 1900.One car visible, coming towards foreground.
Hester St., Lower East Side, 1901. Flatiron, 1903. Burnham. Broad St., 1904. Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Municipal Building under construction, 1904. McKim. No cars. The Belmont Coach, 1905, four horses.
Dogs run free. Easter, Fifth Ave., 1906. No cars. City Hall subway, 1907. Turkish headhouses. Lower East Side, 1908. Herald Square, 1909. Skyscraper beyond is NY Times Building in Times Sq. Cars have replaced horses.
Automatic Vaudeville, Union Sq., 1910. Downtown skyline with Singer Building., 1910. World’s tallest. Downtown skyline with Woolworth Building., 1913. World’s tallest. Birdseye, 1913, with artist’s enhancement.
Hand colored. Federal Crowd Control, 1918. Machine guns in front, modified phalanx. Soldiers on sides assigned to upstairs windows. Wilson feared antiwar riots, losing mind to small strokes. Times Square from New York Times Building.
, 1922. HMS Leviathan and Singer Building., 1923. Fifth Ave., 1924. Buses and taxis on parade. Coney Island, 1928. Walker Evans. Lower Broadway Tickertape, 1928. For Bremen crew, first east-west transatlantic flight.
1928. Three biggest spires not yet built. Fairchild Aerial Surveys. 1935 Philadelphia, just for fun. Skyscraper density nearly matched New York’s. Fairchild. Chrysler Gargoyle, 1929. 42nd Street, 1929.
Walker Evans. Building the Empire State, 1930. Lewis Hine. Icarus, 1930. Hine. Liberty, 1930. With symbols. 1931. Fairchild. Midtown, 1931. The tracks lead to Penn Station. Post Office spans tracks, may some day be Penn Station.
Fairchild. Sikorsky Clipper, 1931. New spires gleam. River traffic, piers, ocean liner in slip. Midtown’s lineup of spires with sky in between, 1931. Six engines! 1931. The valley between, 1931. Brooklyn foreground, 1931.
Small scale dense area between bridges on Manhattan side now a Ville Radieuse. Fairchild. Spires of Gotham, 1932 Tropical Drinks Five Cents, 1932 Subway execs inspect new subway car, 1933. Breakthrough blowers ventilate with windows closed! Cane seats.
Columbus Circle, 1933. No Time-Warner, no Trump International, no Venetian palazzetto. Just $24 in1626? More than that in 1933. Three-point perspective, 1934.Berenice Abbott photos, 1935 Chambers at Oak.
Horse-drawn wagon. Bowery. Henry St. Beyond, Towers of Zenith loom in the mist. Mad King Ludwig in Greenwich Village: Jeferson Market, then Jefferson Courthouse, now Jefferson Library, 6th Avenue. Murray Hill Hotel with fancy fire escape.
Cities Service Tower. Horse-drawn wagons lingered into the mid-sixties. Prickly skyline with famous bridge, 1935. Times Square, 1935. Betty Boop on the marquee. The Astor came down mid-sixties, along with Penn Station and Singer Building: a bad time for beaux-arts.
Streetcars in the square, no overhead wires. Times Square looking South to Times Building. Mid-sixties this was stripped to steel skeleton and re-clothed in kitsch marble by mod illustrator Peter Max.
More bad times for beaux-arts.Berenice Abbott photos, 1936 The El featured potbellied stoves. Fifth Avenue bus in Washington Square. Dapper in front of Dock Department. Billie’s Bar, First Ave. at 56th.
Bowery and Doyer. 3rd Ave. El. Christopher and Bleecker. A wood-clad survivor. Church of God, E. 132nd St. Ferry, Chambers St. Greyhound and Penn Station. Herald Sq. Chain-drive trucks also survived into the sixties.
Manhattan Bridge. Milk Truck, Greenwich Village. Newspaper (Park) Row. Center building once tallest. Berenice Abbott. Park Ave. and 39th. At Hudson River terminus of Cortlandt St., motorized and horse-drawn vans transferred goods to and from barge-borne railcars.
Pike and Henry, Lower East Side, with Manhattan Bridge and a horse. S. Klein On-The-Square, Union Sq. Contraposto. Union Square with Turkish subway kiosk. Is that man using a cellphone?? Magnificent Manhattan spires from Willow and Poplar, Brooklyn.
Cathedrals of Commerce.Berenice Abbott photos, 1937 Avenue D and 10th St. Chain-drive truck. Hester Street. Riverside Drive Viaduct. . Oyster House, South Street, under Manhattan Bridge, with pile of oyster shells.
Father Duffy, Times Square. Andre Kertesz, 1937. Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn (now DUMBO), Kertesz, 1937. Henry Hudson Parkway at 72nd St.: fancy interchange. Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1937. Rockefeller Ctr.
, 1937. St. Thomas’ Church at left, site of Jackie O’s funeral. Fairchild. Simply Add Boiling Water, 1937. Photo by Weegee. The old Met(ropolitan Opera), Garment District, 1937. Weegee. Still clean and gleaming, the Towers of Zenith, 1937.
Berenice Abbott, 1938 Duke Mansion, a tobacco tycoon’s, 1 E. 78th St. at Fifth Ave. 40th between 6th and 7th. Zoning generates the form. Flam & Flam, Lawyers, 165 E. 121st St. Wall Street from 60 Wall.
From 60 Wall Street. Cathedral Parkway (110th Street). Columbus Circle. Building with Coke sign another of Hearst’s skyscraper bases. Unlike the one Foster is currently completing, this one was torn down for the Gulf and Western Building, now re-imagined by Phillip Johnson as the Trump International Hotel.
Jefferson Market with the hulking, deco Women’s House of Detention behind (now demolished for a park). From the barred, open windows, the ladies would hurl obscenities at passersby. 504-506 Broome St.
Ancient. Union Square West. A hilarious jumble gets A+ for accidental design. These lots once held town houses. Their dainty footprints have been preserved, so the buildings have a delicate scale regardless of their height.
One is a miniature skyscraper. Scale-obsessed NIMBYs take note: you need to object to a building’s footprint, not its height. From Jersey, the classic skyline view. Subway Portrait. Walker Evans, 1938.
Artists and Poets, Washington Sq., 1939 42nd Street Beauties, looking west, 1939. Clipper, 1939. Europe in 29 hours. DC-4 Over Midtown, 1939. Hood’s Daily News Building lower right. Fish market meets railroad under Roebling’s bridge, 1939.
Abandoned in the downpour, 1939. West Side. Forty-second Street. Sixth Avenue El, 1940. Downtown from Empire State. Andre Kertesz, 1940.1940 Photos by Andreas Feininger Ninth Avenue El, 8th at 127th, Harlem.
The Bowery. Bryant Park. Downtown Skyport with Cities Service Tower. The original twin towers. Tower trio. Slender flattop is Irving Trust, tower at right now belongs to Trump. New York’s greatest walk.
Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Girlies. Downtown gunsmith. Three icons: Empire State; Horn and Hardart (The Automat), New York’s original restaurant chain, long gone; lamp standard, now being re-installed.
Elevated. Central Park looking southeast toward Grand Army Plaza. The baronial Savoy-Plaza Hotel dominates with its vast, vaguely French roof and twin chimneys: another major Beaux-Arts landmark demolished mid-sixties.
Replaced by Stone’s vapid GM Building, recently acquired by Trump. Elevated station, Downtown. Underwear and kosher chickens. What happens when you burn coal. A Greek temple burning coal. Flatiron with Fifth Avenue bus.
Garment District stacked factories steam hats. Arm wrestling in Harlem. Harlem night club. Lower East Side, tenement city, looking north. Streetwall: Park Avenue South. Raymond Hood, master of Deco. Seventh Avenue.
South Street, now a theme park and mall. At the foot of 42nd Street: Normandie with three fat stacks in the middle, Queen Mary with three skinnier stacks at bottom. Normandie burned here, Nazi sabotage claimed.
Normandie was that time’s biggest and fastest (Blue Ribbon).1941 Photos by Feininger Forty-second Street. Mid-size Beaux-Arts skyscraper on north side of street is Times Building, of New Year’s fame.
Building still exists but reclad in mid-sixties. Classic skyline view with America, junior edition United States. Downtown from Jersey. Midtown from Jersey. Horror vacui, Hebrew style. The hats match the canopies.
Macy’s, 34th St.Too much city? Here’s a brief Intermission from the 1870’s (we’ll be back in color)…* * * Tisayac by Eadweard Muybridge, best known for time-lapse photos of men and horses running before graph paper backgrounds.
He also famously murdered his wife’s lover in San Francisco. Tutokanula by Muybridge. Volcano. Cockatoo flying. .* * *Charles W. Cushman Photos, 1941 A color photographer with a black-and-white soul.
The classic pyramid, here with harbor traffic and puffs of pollution. Suits on the pier. What are these men doing? Fulton St. from South St. Broome St. and Baruch Pl., Lower East Side. Not a sidewalk café.
Lower East Side: street as living room. Lower East Side: street as conference room Municipal Building, Courthouse and Jail. Big arch seemed futile before El removed. Fairchild Aerial Surveys, 1941.Charles Cushman photos, 1942.
Lunch, 5 Cents: looking up Broadway to Singer Building. Collecting the Salvage on Lower East Side. Pearl Street, 1942. Central Park. Feininger, 1943. The Fashionable People [harassed by the homeless].
Weegee, 1943. Murder in Hell’s Kitchen. Weegee, 1944. Coney Island. Weegee, 1945. The photographer Weegee (Arthur Fellig). Hole where plane (B-25) hit Empire State Building, 1945.Andre Kertesz photos Brooklyn, 1947.
Andre Kertesz. Lower 5th Avenue. Kertesz, 1948. East River Esplanade. Kertesz, 1948. Metropolitan Life and Empire State. Kertes, 1950. City. Kertesz, 1952. Skyline with Rooster. Kertesz, 1952. Washington Square.
Kertesz, 1954. A city of spires. Just before the flattop invasion, late fifties. First view of Manhattan from the Queen Elizabeth, 1953. The module of the window. Liberty, 1954. Times Square with James Dean.
Dennis Stock, 1955. Balcony. Kertesz, 1957. Guggenheim under construction, 1958. Car and building share design philosophy. MacDougal Alley. Kertesz,1958. Sixth Avenue. Kertesz, 1959. Man Sleeping. Kertesz, 1960.
Whitehall street from Peter Minuit Plaza near Battery. Cushman, 1960.Four photos by Kertesz Rooftop, 1961. Harlem, 1963. Washington Square, 1969. Edge of Arch at left. Washington Square Arch, 1970. Woody Allen and Cleopatra Jones,1971.
Lying Men, Washington Sq. Kertesz, 1974. Kertesz, 1979. World Trade Center. Dennis Stock, 2001.* * *Three New York Buildings Chrysler. Chrysler.Two Greatest Beaux-Arts Buildings Demolished: The main waiting room.
Groined vaults in coffered stone. The Baths of Caracalla. The way to the trains. Groined vaults in steel and glass. Seventh Avenue. McKim, Meade and White, architects. 1903-63. The building made it to age 60.
613 feet!! In 1908! Ernest Flagg was the architect. This building also made it to age 60 [1908-68]. Another five years and they would have preserved it. French Beaux-Arts. Vacant and awaiting demolition.
From Broadway. Queen Elizabeth and skyline. Andre Kertesz, 1958.
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This thread didnt get many replies when first posted, so Im bumping it. Some folks might want to download some of these pics to their personal collections. The images are classics, so they wont go obsolete.
Or you could say theyre already obsolete –like being pre-shrunk
As much as I hate to admit it, Downtown was more breathtaking and iconic before the Modernist boxes started filling in the gaps; it was only partly ameliorated by the arrival of the Twin Towers. It must’ve been quite a sight to see AIG, 40 Wall, and 20 Exchange soar above everyone else so majestically (and from another perspective, Woolworth).
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This Queen’s dead (along with the skyline that once greeted her), but tomorrow her successor, QE2, will be making a now-rare visit to the West Side Manhattan piers. She’s due in from Southampton sometime before 8:00 a.
m. and scheduled to sail for Newport and Canada at 5:00 p.m.
“Look to the cookie. These cake-style cookies are a staple in New York City. Growing up we used to buy these all the time and you can still get them in every bake-shop in the city. They were made famous to the rest of the world by an episode of Seinfeld entitled “The Dinner Party”. They are more like small cakes than crunchy or chewy cookies, and should be roughly the size of the palm of your hand, if not, bigger. These are great for taking to a potluck, or if you’ve got a wayward New Yorker around.”
Great images all in one place ! I recall seeing some of these in the mueseum of the city of new york.
Wow. Spin-inducing, eyes-as-big-as-saucers pix.I have a soft spot for the El’s, but New York replete with horse-drawn buggies, carts and the faint whiff of manure seems positively alien.
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Thanks for bringing this set of incredible photographs back to the top of the pile.
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