12 B&W Images of 20th Century NYC That'll Make You Wish for Time Travel
"He lit up a cigarette in the morning fog, adjusted his trench coat and fedora, and walked out into the city. His city." Well, that's how our imaginary novel starts after viewing these photos, many taken by legendary Life photographer Andreas Feininger.
2. A Moonlit Night, 1946
Andreas Feininger used a grainy 35mm film stock to almost make this photograph seem like a charcoal etching.
3. The City That Never Sleeps, 1930s
Photographer: Berenice Abbott. Light are on all over in this late-night town.
4. Times Square, 1919
Photographer unknown. Even in the era of World War I, Times Square was all lit up.
6. Grand Central Station, 1930s
Photographer unknown. This beautiful image makes one of New York City's busiest transportation hubs almost cathedral-like.
9. Street-Level View, 1930s
Photographer: Berenice Abbott, whose 1930s photos of New York City emphasized a working-class vantage point.
10. The Statue of Liberty
Photographer: Andreas Feininger. A shining beacon of hope and freedom on a dark night.
12. Opening Sequence, Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' (1979)
New York City native Woody Allen was inspired by the black and white photos of Andreas Feininger, Berenice Abbott and many others. Filmed entirely in B&W, "Manhattan" has a dynamic opening sequence, set to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" that look like those classic photos brought to life. Enjoy!