"I PRAY YOU LET US SATISFY OUR EYES
WITH THE MEMORIALS AND THE THINGS OF FAME
THAT DO RENOWN THIS CITY"
Valentine’s Manual of Old New York for 1921 opened with this quote from Shakespeare. One of the book’s aims was to recall “the spell of an older and quieter city.” Another was to portray “the age in which we live … the most marvelous that has yet been known.” Toward these ends, the editor included “a series of contrasting views,” one decades or centuries earlier, a second contemporary to 1921. Here are twelve of those contrasting scenes.
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The Water Gate, foot of Wall Street, in 1679. Showing the original "Wall" across the city.
The same view in 1921.
View of the dock and Whitehall, East River, in 1679.
A contrasting view of the same locality in 1621.
Worth's Coal Yard, at 26 Broadway, in 1848.
26 Broadway in 1921, headquarters of the Standard Oil Company.
A Novel of New Amsterdam
The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages."
- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York