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Looks like some weird template for a game like cities skylines
Geez, that picture shows why the Empire State Building was truly mind-boggling when it opened. It just TOWERS over everything else.
Having lived in the patchwork that is modern day Atlanta, GA…
Those parallel streets just look so damn nice!
I can’t wait for the day that geospatial and AI will combine to comb the Internet for old photos to stitch and create a Google Earth-like street level view back in time.
That is so bizarre to see Manhattan covered in 1-2 story buildings.
ahaha that’s actually sweet man. So used to seeing it with the cement jungle haha
Obviously the depression era United States would’ve been a difficult time to be alive, but I find 1930’s Manhattan more appealing than current day Manhattan.
That looks pretty depressing comparing it to Manhatten nowadays.
Tells you just how much a 1931 New Yorker’s mind would be blown if they were dropped in the middle of Manhattan today. Makes you wonder what we would think of NYC in the year 2110.
What’s with the one diagonal street beneath central park though?
Does anyone have a modern picture from the same angle so we can compare?
More people lived in Manhattan at that time than live there now.
I’m a bit confused by that giant iceberg to the left
Thank you. I enjoyed seeing this.
Establishing Central park was an incredible feat.
If you look closely, you can see the Knicks losing.
Upper Manhattan only. North of Rockefeller Plaza, I believe. No Chrysler Building, no Empire State Building.
Such a great photo – do you have a higher resolution source?
Side-by-side with a modern view
Approximate altitude: 10,000 feet
The East River looks particularly rough and choppy. I wonder why/how it calmed down since then.
I didn’t knew the building of skyscrapers in Manhattan was later than I thought. How high was the photograph?
Wish I could go back in time and buy the lots surrounding the park.
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So all that water on the left is filled in now right?