Aerial view loking southeast of the new World Financial Center’s (Cesar Pelli, 1985-1988) skyscrapers in Battery Park City in the fall of 1987. Buildings at left are the 4 WFC (Merrill Lynch. 1986), 3 WFC (American Express. 1985). The glass arches of Winter Garden are visible at center. The new 2 WFC (Merrill Lynch, 1988) nearing completion are at right. The 110-story Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973-74. Destroyed 2001) are visible behind the new posmodernist complex.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Michael George “New York Today” (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1988)

The recently restored Statue of Liberty with its new golden torch and Lower Manhattan skyscrapers in the distance in the Spring of 1987.

The 110-story Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973-74), at center, domiantes the skyline. Behind it appears the new 48-story 7 World Trade Center (Emery Roth & Sons, 1988) under construcion. The new posmodernist skyscrapers of World Financial Center (Cesar Pelli, 1985-1988), at Battery Park City’s development is at left, including the 51-story, piramidal-rooftop, 3 WFC (American Express) Building (1985) and the new 44-story round-dome 2 WFC (Merrill Lynch) Building (1988) under construction. The Woolworth Building (Cass Gilbert, 1913) and the 54-story One Liberty Plaza (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1973) are visibles at right.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Michael George “New York Today” (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1988)

Night view looking south of glittering Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers from the observation deck in 70 floor of Rockefeller Center’s RCA Building in early 1981, with the 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) colorful illumninated in the center of the picture and the 110-story Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973-74) and Downtown skyscrapers at background.

Buildings on foreground are the 58-story Art Deco 500 Fifth Avenue Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) at left,  and the modern 50-story W.R. Grace Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1973) at right. The Metropolitan Life Tower (Napoleon Le Brun, 1909) are visible left, at background.

Photo: CLB.

Source: Bill Harris: “Manhattan. A Photographic Journey” (New York, Crescent Books, 1994).

The new 24-story Times Tower (Eidlitz & MacKenzie, 1904) in the heart of Times Square. View of the building looking northwest from Knickebocker Hotel in 1905. The building was inspirated by Giotto’s Santa Maria del Fiore Campanile in Florencia.

Photo: Brown Brothers.

Source: Edward B. Watson, Edmind V. Gijon, Jr. “New York, Then & Now” (New York. 1976). 

Downtown Manhattan skyscrapers in 1900.

Buildings left to right:

• World Building (1890): 20 stories. Demolished in 1953..

• Old Post Office (1869): 7 stories. Demolished in 1939.

• American Tract Society Building (1895): 23 stories.

• Park Row Building (1899): 30 stories. Tallest building in the world between 1889-1908.

• St. Paul Building (1899): 25 stories. Demolished in 1958.

• Western Union Telegraph Building (1875, renewed in 1890): 11 stories. Demolished in 1912.

• Liberty Building (1885): 10 stories. Demolished in 1967.

• North America Trust Company Building (1896): 18 stories. Demolished in 1968-69.

• National Bank of Comerce Building (1897): 15 stories. Demolished in the 1960s.

• American Exchange National Bank Building (1898): 20 stories. Demolished in early 1960s.

• Old Equitable Building (1870): 9 stories. Destroyed by fire in 1912.

• American Surety Building (1895): 20 stories. Landmark since 1997.

• Trinity Church (1846). Landmark buiilding.

• Gillender Building (1898): 20 stories. Demolished in 1910.

• Empire Building (1898): 21 Stories.

• Manhattan Life Insurance Building (1894): 18 stories. Demolished in 1963.

• Comercial Cable Building (1897): 18 stories. Demolished in mid 1950s.

Photo: Unknown.

The 52-story Metropolitan Life Tower rises over Madison Square Park in 1909 few months after its opening. Napoleon Le Brun. Architect. The skyscraper Beaux-Arts design was inspirated in Venecia’s San Marco campanille tower.

Photo: W. H. Rau. 

Source: “Las Maravillas del Mundo y del Hombre”. Vol. 3 (Barcelona, España. Editorial Ibérica-Imprenta de Eduardo Domenech. Circa 1910-12).

Wall Street looking west in 1913 with the 37-story Hellenic-style Bankers Trust Building at 14 Wall Street. (Trowbridge & Livingstone, 1912).

Photo: Unknown.

Source: ”New York Standard Guide” (New York. Foster & Reynolds Co. 1917. 1921 edition).

The 30-story Renaissance style Park Row Building (Robert Henderson Robertson, 1899). View looking northeast from Western Union Building. Circa 1900.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: “New York Standard Guide” (New York. Foster & Reynolds Co. 1917. 1921 edition).

View looking southwest of 42nd Street skyscraper forrest from the top of one of the Tudor City apartment buildings in the summer of 1948.

At left is the Daily News Building (Hood & Howells, 1930) with its new WWOR TV Channel 9 tower.

At center, at background can be seen the Mercantile (Ludlow & Peabody, 1928), Chanin (Sloan & Robertson, 1928) and Lincoln (James Edwin Ruther Carpenter, 1930) towers.

The 77-story Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930), at right, foreground, dominates the Art Deco skyline.

Photo: Ewing Galloway. 

Source: Enciclopedia Cultural. Vol. 11 (México, Unión Tipográfica Editorial Hispano Mexicana, 1957).

Daily News Building (Hood & Howells, 1930). 42nd Street and Second Avenue. View looking northwest of the new 38-story Art Deco Raymond Hood’s masterpiece from Second Avenue and 41st Street in spring of 1930. At left, background, is the Chanin Building (Sloan & Robertson, 1928).

Photo: Unknown.

Source: David Stravitz “New York, Empire City 1920-1945” (New York. Harry N. Abrahams, Inc. 2004).