The Evolution Of New York City And Its Towering Skyline

Published July 28, 2012
Updated September 30, 2019

New York City's skyline is as complex, diverse and changing as the population that inhabits its buildings day in and day out.

Evolution Of New York City

Transitioning from a more bare landscape in the 1910s to a cosmopolitan model for the rest of the world via the 1930s race for the tallest skyscraper to its devastating destruction of the Twin Towers in the 2001, Lower Manhattan’s ever-evolving skyline reveals much about New York City’s history.

The concrete jungle’s prominent and picturesque skylines have altered much throughout the course of the city’s history, offering millions of spectators insights into decades of architectural daring and traumatic events. Here is a selection of images from the late 1800s to 2008, which highlights the city’s evolution through its skyline:

New York City Skyline In 1911

New York City In 1921

New York Skyline In 1931

New York City Vintage Photograph

Evolution Of New York City 1941

New York In 1950

1960 New York

1980 Skyline of New York City

New York In The 1990s

New York After September 11th

New York In 2011

New York Cityscape

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Cox, Savannah. "The Evolution Of New York City And Its Towering Skyline.", July 28, 2012, Accessed April 21, 2024.