New York City

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries New York just exploded with grand projects, magnificent bridges, and beautiful soaring buildings. New York Public Library deserved a page all for itself. Here are just a few other pictures from around the city – click for larger versions.

First, Grand Central Station. Probably nowhere is there a greater temple to the glory of rail travel.

This is the Manhattan Bridge, completed in 1909; it’s right next door to its more famous brother the Brooklyn Bridge, but equally spectacular.

And of course, the Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1875. Still a wonderful sight, but how amazing it must have been when completed, before the New York skyline started to fill with steel-framed skyscrapers.

And finally the Peninsula Hotel on 5th avenue. Actually what I really like here is the brass steeple on the church in the foreground.