The Transforming New York City Skyline 1880-2009

Lower Manhattan’s Skyline Evolution

On March 21, 1909 The New York Sun newspaper published an illustration (reproduced below) that showed the rapid growth of the New York City skyline as seen from New Jersey in four line drawings from 1880 -1909.

Click to greatly enlarge this illustration.

We have added a photograph from approximately 100 years later showing the same view.

Transforming New York City skyline 1880-1909 The Sun March 21 1909new york skyline 2009  photo HiltonThe two constants are Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel which can no longer be seen in the latest photograph but are still there. Changes in lower New York’s skyline will continue. I’m sure 100 years from now that this view will once again be significantly altered.

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