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The Classic Bird's-Eye View of Manhattan.

The City of New York is an impressive bird's-eye view of Manhattan, New York Harbor, and surrounding areas, published by Currier & Ives in 1870.

From the vantage point of Brooklyn Heights, the panorama reveals the hustle and bustle of New York City's busy harbor. The city's dense skyline is punctuated by church steeples, and the water teems with side-wheelers. The view includes Castle Garden, later known as Castle Clinton. Notably, the image presents the Brooklyn Bridge (referred to here as East River Bridge) as it was initially planned in 1870, even though its construction was only completed in 1883. The print also identifies numerous other locations beneath the image.

The bird's-eye view features locations and landmarks such as Jersey City, Hoboken, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Corlaers Hook, Battery, Castle Garden, Trinity Church Broadway, Central Park and Observatory, U.S. Post Office, U.S. Treasury & Assay Office, Grace Church, U.S. Hotel, East River Bridge, Bowling Green, Corn Exchange, Stewart's Building, Fulton Ferry, and others.

Currier and Ives was a New York City-based printmaking company that operated from 1834 to 1907. They specialized in producing high-quality, hand-printed, and colored lithographs, often depicting American life, cities, and people. The company frequently collaborated with well-known artists of the time to create drawings for reproduction.

Condition Description
Color lithograph on wove paper. A few marginal tears and small losses mended, not affecting the image.