Manhattan

Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Showcasing some of the best restaurants, bars and famous landmarks in modern Manhattan. See what it took to make this small island in New York’s harbor define the term metropolis.

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Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

The Lower Manhattan skyline with the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 19th or early 20th century. 960 1280

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Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Present-day Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, viewed from across the East River. 960 1280

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Quiet South Street in Manhattan

Quiet South Street in Manhattan

A view of Manhattan down South Street in the 1930s. 960 1280

  

South Street in Busy Manhattan

South Street in Busy Manhattan

Today, Manhattan’s South Street is a busy thoroughfare thanks to the South Street Seaport's restaurants, farmers market and local boutiques. 960 1280

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A busy Columbus Circle in 1921

A busy Columbus Circle in 1921

Even in 1921, Manhattan's Columbus Circle was a busy section of New York City for pedestrians and motorists. 960 1280

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Columbus Circle in New York City

Columbus Circle in New York City

Present-day Columbus Circle, with Central Park West to the east and Broadway to the north. Popular destinations in the area include the Shops at Columbus Circle, the Mandarin Oriental New York and, of course, Central Park. 960 1280

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View from the Empire State Building in New York City in the 1930s

View from the Empire State Building in New York City in the 1930s

Looking north from the top of the Empire State Building. Construction on the 103-story building began March 17, 1930, and its opening day was May 1, 1931. 960 1280

  

View from the Empire State Building in New York City

View from the Empire State Building in New York City

Travelers from around the world visit the Empire State Building, making the 103-story trip up to the observation deck. Visit esbnyc.com for tickets and tour hours. 960 1280

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Woolworth Building in New York City's Manhattan in the 1910s

Woolworth Building in New York City's Manhattan in the 1910s

When it was completed in 1913, the Woolworth Building was officially the tallest in the world. It lost that title with the 1930 construction of 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building. 960 1280

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Manhattan, New York City's Woolworth Building

Manhattan, New York City's Woolworth Building

Visitors to New York City can make reservations to tour the historical lobby of the Woolworth Building. The 60- and 90-minute guided tours are led by architectural historians. The lobby is decorated with beautiful marble and terra-cotta-colored walls inside and out. 960 1280

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