During this period, the Erie Canal begins operating – a game changer for the City and its place as a nexus of trade and economics. The New York Stock & Exchange Board is established and City Hall is built, along with the Staten Island Ferry, Madison Square Park and Fulton Fish Market.
A conceptual sketch of a design proposal for New York's City Hall by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
A bird's eye view of downtown Manhattan and New York Harbor with plenty of ships.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
An illustration of the Harlem Plains in 1812 when it was a rural settlement.Artist Credit: G. Hayward & Co. Reprinted with permission.
A painting of the Palisades - a line of steep cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River in Northeastern New Jersey and Southeastern New York.Artist Credit: John Hill. Reprinted with permission.
Drawing shows lower Manhattan across the East River with sailboats, sailing ship, and steamship in the river.Artist Credit: William Guy Wall. Reprinted with permission.
View of the Murrays Hill Reservoir - the terminal, or distributing, reservoir of the original Croton Aqueduct.Artist Credit: Currier & Ives. Reprinted with permission.
Illustration of pedestrians walking near Central Park.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
An engraved perspective of City Hall in New York taken from Wall Street.Artist Credit: Cornelius Taibout. Reprinted with permission.
Black and white illustration of City Hall in New York.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Engraved illustration depicting the corner of Broadway & the Bowery in downtown Manhattan.Artist Credit: James Smillie. Reprinted with permission.
Panoramic illustration of Manhattan's skyline, taken from the perspective of Weehawken, New Jersey.Artist Credit: William Guy Wall. Reprinted with permission.
An illustrated view of City Hall and the park fountain.Artist Credit: Currier & Ives. Reprinted with permission.
An aerial view of people, horses and wagons crossing Union Square Park.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Black and white etching of Manhattan looking south from a bird's eye perspective. Union Square Park is visible in the foreground.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
An illustrated perspective of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Hudson River from the Navy Yard.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
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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