Images show how New York has changed 120 years ago since the start of the skyscraper

How New York has grown since the dawn of the skyscraper: 120-year-old images show the ever-changing skyline of the city

  • These striking images show some of New York's most famous streets that have developed over the past 120 years
  • Beautiful photochroms towards the end of the 19th century show how the skyline of the city has grown
  • These include the first high-rise building in New York, the St Paul building – and the oldest street in the city, The Bowery
  • Bowling Green and Lower Broadway, Fifth Avenue on Sixty-Fifth Street and Newspaper Row are all shown

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Fascinating color images show what life in New York looked like when horse-drawn carriages ruled the road and the skyline was considerably closer to the earth.

Beautiful photochroms, made about 120 years ago, show the artisans and robbers who trade in bustling Mulberry Street, crowds of fabulously dressed pedestrians strolling across Sixth Avenue and the first Big Apple attempts to dominate the sky.

Over the past two hundred years, millions of migrants have come to New York to find a safe haven and pursue the American dream, waving in their new life through the Statue of Liberty in a great location, just a mile from the coast of Lower Manhattan.

By the end of the 19th century, the population of the city exploded – more than double from 1,515,301 in 1890 to 3,437,202 in 1900.

The population of New York today is more than 8.5 million and attracts tens of millions of tourists every year who want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city that never sleeps.

St Paul Building, one of New York's first tall buildings from 1898. It was not a valued architectural achievement and was described as the & # 39; least attractive design of all New York skyscrapers & # 39 ;. It was demolished in 1958 without much public protest to make way for the Western Electric Building that is now in place

Bowling Green and Lower Broadway, New York City as it was in 1900 and as it looks today.

Newspaper Row, or Park Row as it is now known, was the home of most New York City newspapers in the 19th century. Today it is in the Financial District, Civic Center and Chinatown districts of Manhattan

The deep-water ports of New York helped establish it as an important trading point. The Brooklyn Bridge looms in the background. It opens in 1883, a miracle of design and engineering. Physical Exercise Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants back and forth across the bridge to show his firmness to skeptics. Today the horse carriages have been replaced by bicycles and cars

Crowds of happy residents hope to escape the sizzling heat of the city at Coney Island Beach. These days it is just as popular with holidaymakers looking for some rays

Central Park as it was in the 19th century and now. The huge recreation center and the lungs of the city were created in 1857 as a common space for residents, regardless of financial status

The Bowery, New York's oldest street that has enjoyed a reputation of shame over the years. Since the 1990s, the entire Lower East Side has seen a revival in which gentrification has contributed to a change along the Bowery

The statue of Liberty. A gift from France to celebrate a century of American independence, the famous structure was often the first observable landmark that immigrants looking for a new life in the United States would see. Today, little has changed with the famous statue as she towers over Liberty Island in New York Harbor

Fifth Avenue on Sixty-Fifth Street, New York City. The horse and carts remain a popular tourist attraction today, but 120 years ago they were one of the most important modes of transport in the city. Before the city enjoyed more modern forms of transport, the city's horses produced more than 100,000 tons of manure, which caused a public health crisis in the 1890s

The Washington Bridge, opened in 1888. It connects Manhattan and The Bronx, scattered across the Hudson River between Fort Lee, N.J. and New York, on the back

New York city hall. To this day, it is still the oldest functioning city hall in the country. The building itself has not changed much since the 19th century, but the skyscrapers around it have been expanded, increasing the city's skyline

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