The 1860s were a time of reconstruction after the Civil War in 1865. The nation completed its first transcontinental railroad in 1868, the same year NYC completed its the first elevated train. This era also marked the beginning of the Skyscraper Age which would define the skyline for ages to come.
A photograph of Central Park in its pristine and far less developed stage, compared to what we know today.Artist Credit: George Stacy. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of a man in a suit standing pensively on a bridge overlooking the arched footpath beneath.Artist Credit: George Stacy. Reprinted with permission.
A unique perspective revealing the ornate patterns of Central Park's stonework designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.Artist Credit: George Stacy. Reprinted with permission.
A detailed view of Central Park's terrace masonry. The terrace was one of the very first structures to have been built in the park.Artist Credit: George Stacy. Reprinted with permission.
A photograph of the Music Pavilion on a quiet and overcast autumn day. Taken by George Stacy in 1865.Artist Credit: George Stacy. Reprinted with permission.
The Manhattan Market was located on 34th to 35th Streets and 12th Avenue (future site of the Jacob Javits Convention Center).Artist Credit: Celia Orgel. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph by George Stacy showing the bronze sculpture of George Washington by John Quincy Adams Ward, originally installed at Federal Hall National Memorial.Artist Credit: George Stacy. Reprinted with permission.
Instantaneous Panoramic View of Union Square, flanked on the right side by the famous electric trolley cars that once served as mass transit.Artist Credit: Peter F. Weil. Reprinted with permission.
A northeast view of Union Square and 4th Avenue crowded by trolleys and pedestrians during peak hours.Artist Credit: Peter F. Weil. Reprinted with permission.
Aerial view of Union Square on an overcast morning. The streets are sparsly dotted with pedestrians and street cars.Artist Credit: Peter F. Weil. Reprinted with permission.
A photograph shows a famous intersection of downtown Manhattan, lined with trolleys and a vastly different urban landscape.Artist Credit: Peter F. Weil. Reprinted with permission.
The original Equitable Building was completed in 1870 and is part of history for being the world's first office building to feature passenger elevators.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
New York City's original, Multi-storied post office building. The building is characterized by arched windows and columns on each level.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
An illustration of a busy corner of downtown Manhattan. The corner of Chatham and Pearl Streets were home to many markets and storehouses.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Painting by Richard Morris Hunt shows The New York Historical Society at its original location on the corner of 11th Street and 2nd Avenue.Artist Credit: Richard Morris Hunt. 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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