Striking view of Manhattan, New York Harbor and environs, published by Currier & Ives.
This incredible bird's-eye panoramic view shows the busy harbors of New York City from Brooklyn Heights. The skyline of the densely built metropolis is punctuated by church steeples, and the New York Bay is filled with heavy side-wheeler traffic. Castle Garden, now known as Castle Clinton, is depicted at left. The most striking part of the image is the Brooklyn Bridge (here called East River Bridge), which is depicted as it was originally planned in 1870. The bridge was not actually completed until 1883. Numerous other locations are identified below the image.
Currier and Ives was a printmaking company based in New York City from 1834-1907, specializing in high quality, hand printed and colored stone lithographs. The focus of their work was American life, cities and people, and they often employed celebrated artists of the day to render drawings to be reproduced in print form.