New York City in the 1860s

1868: A Bird's Eye View of Manhattan in 1868

An artist’s panoramic illustration where lower Manhattan, New Jersey and both Hudson and the East Rivers are visible, along with Brooklyn and Queens in the distance.

1865: Aerial View of Broadway, New York City

Photograph shows traffic and businesses along Broadway, New York City, New York.

1860: Instantaneous Broadway View

A slightly elevated perspective of a bustling street known as Broadway, which remains a hub of commerce and culture to this day.

1865: Broadway and the Bank of the Republic, NYC

Photograph shows the “National Bank of the Republic” (NBR), “National Bank Note Company” at right, other commercial buildings, pedestrians and traffic on Broadway.

1865: Aerial View of General Worth Square

Aerial View of General Worth Square on 25th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It is the second oldest monument in any New York City park and also serves as a memorial/ burial site for General William Jenkins Worth.

1863: Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street

The Church of the Ascension is an Episcopal church in the Diocese of New York. It was built at 36–38 Fifth Avenue and West 10th Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan New York City.

1869: Scene of Squatters Living near Central Park

An artist’s rendering of Squatters near Central Park living among farm animals in their shacks.

1865: Elevated View of Central Park

A photograph of Central Park in its pristine and far less developed stage, compared to what we know today.

1865: Archway and Footpath in Central Park

Photograph of a man in a suit standing pensively on a bridge overlooking the arched footpath beneath.

1865: Central Park Stonework

A unique perspective revealing the ornate patterns of Central Park’s stonework.

1865: Central Park Terrace Stone Work

A detailed view of Central Park’s terrace masonry.

1865: Music Pavilion in Central Park, NYC

A photograph of the Music Pavilion on a quiet and overcast autumn day.

1869: Manhattan Market on West 34th Street

The Manhattan Market was located on 34th to 35th Streets and 12th Avenue (future site of the Jacob Javits Convention Center). The Market opened on November 11, 1872 with a "concert that drew together no less than 30,000 people according to The New York Times.

1863: George Washington Statue at Union Square, NYC

George Washington is a large bronze sculpture of George Washington by John Quincy Adams Ward, originally installed on the front steps of Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street in New York City.

1868: Aerial View of Union Square and 4th Avenue

Instantaneous Panoramic View of Union Square, flanked on the right side by the famous electric trolley cars that once served as mass transit.

New York City's Prehistoric Roots

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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