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1850: Bird's Eye View of Lower Manhattan

An aerial perspective above Manhattan, showing the rapid change of the city’s shore, skyline and developing landscape. By the 1850s, New York City’s ports handled more goods and people than all other American ports combined.

Artist Credit: Wilhelm Heine. Reprinted with permission.

History of NYC - 10,000+ Years Ago

Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.

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