Step back in time with these fascinating historical images of NYC

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason
Content Director, The Americas

Photographer Ben Rowland recently put together a website that showcases one thing: very big, very old images of New York.

The Big Picture New York” features high-res images of NYC from various periods in the city’s history, most of them pretty unrecognizable from the urban landscape that we see today. 

The site is purposefully not optimized for mobile and features only the following text: “Welcome. Please maximize your browser window and use the largest screen available. This site does not work on mobile devices. Follow our Facebook page for dates and descriptions. Now step inside a pictorial history of New York…”

Rowland says that he is currently working on expanding to other cities and VR-optimizing the photographs. 

While the site offers no explanation of the images, the corresponding Facebook page provides more context.

Check out some interesting highlights below.


Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan Skyline, 1907Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began in 1869. The bridge's two towers...

Posted by the BIG picture New York on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Casino Theater, Broadway, New York, 1900Built in 1882, The Casino was a leading presenter of musicals and...

Posted by the BIG picture New York on Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Original Waldorf-Astoria, Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, New York, 1902The Waldorf–Astoria originated as two...

Posted by the BIG picture New York on Saturday, March 12, 2016

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