New York skyline, a 20x200 Vintage Edition
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This #tbt Vintage Edition goes out to all our fellow NYCers (and anyone else who has as soft spot for the city that never sleeps).
Irving Underhill captured this New York skyline in 1911, a little over a decade after the modern five boroughs were brought together into a single metropolis. Underhill, one of the preeminent commercial photographers at the time, worked out of a studio in Lower Manhattan but lived in Jersey City—just across the Hudson River. The particular vantage point of this downtown NYC scene suggests the photographer likely shot this image near his New Jersey digs.
What we see here covers a swath of Manhattan from just north of City Hall to the island's southern tip. You might spot a few iconic structures like the Woolworth Building, Trinity Church, and the White Hall offices. But those three structures are among the select few still standing—many of the other buildings pictured in this panorama have since been either demolished or radically revamped.
That steady, consistent superimposition and addition is part of the complex architectural tapestry we see when we wander through the city streets today, or fly overhead on our way into JFK. From neo-gothic, to art deco, to ultra-modern high-tech structures, the blending of subsequent styles over decades has shaped the familiar New York City skyline.
Detail from New York skyline
Seems to us that’s part of what makes this city so damn wonderful. NYC is an extraordinary collage of styles, ideas, cultures and people—from everywhere and every walk of life. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Gotham, you get us.
With art for everyone,
Jen Bekman + Team 20x200