See views of old New York at night, from the early 20th century

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Woolworth Bldg. and City Hall Park at night NYC (1911)

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What did old New York look like year ago, after night fell? These views of NYC night scenes include old photographs (and vintage illustrations and postcards based on pictures) that have been colorized — either years ago by a hand-colorist, or enhanced digitally in this century.

Every color may not be precisely correct, but we hope it gives a somewhat realistic view of life all those years ago. 

For the purists, some uncolorized images are also included at the end of the page.


Birds-eye view of New York City – Colorized (1937)

Birds-eye view of New York City - Colorized (1937)


1906 NYC at night – Bird’s-eye view of the southern part of the city

1906 NYC at night - Bird's-eye view of the southern part of the city


Night view of lower New York City from the Metropolitan Tower (around 1920)

Night view of lower New York City from the Metropolitan Tower (around 1920)


Waldorf-Astoria Hotel New York at night (1908)

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel New York at night (1908)


Woolworth Bldg. and City Hall Park at night NYC (1911)

Woolworth Bldg. and City Hall Park at night NYC (1911)


NYC night – City Hall and Hall of Records, Brooklyn NY (c1909)

NYC night - City Hall and Hall of Records, Brooklyn NY (c1909)


1918 – New York the wonder city night – Vintage postcard

1918 - New York the wonder city night - Vintage postcard


Bird’s eye view of Manhattan, East River and Brooklyn from Woolworth Building, by night, New York City (1913)

Bird's eye view of Manhattan, East River and Brooklyn from Woolworth Building, by night, New York City (1913)


Manhattan – Times Square to south at night – Colorized (1930s)

Manhattan - Times Square to south at night - Colorized (1930s)


The Great White Way – Broadway above Times Square New York City – Colorized (1927)

The Great White Way - Broadway above Times Square New York City - Colorized (1927)


Night reflections in New York City (1897) – Colorized

Night reflections in New York City (1897) - Colorized


Art of Brooklyn Bridge and New York skyline at night – Colorized (1920s)

Art of Brooklyn Bridge and New York skyline at night - Colorized (1920s)


Woolworth Building at night – NYC – Colorized (1920s)

Woolworth Building at night - NYC - Colorized (1920s)


Times Square Building by night – Colorized (1920s)

Times Square Building by night - Colorized (1920s)


Non-colorized NYC at night (black & white or sepia)

Broadway's midnight sun - Photos of old NYC from 1909 (2)


Broadway’s midnight sun – Photos of old NYC from 1909

Broadway's midnight sun - Photos of old NYC from 1909 (1)


The Great White Way – night scene on Broadway above Times Square, New York City (1927)

The Great White Way - night scene on Broadway above Times Square, New York City (1927s)


New York city views — Times Square to south at night

New York city views. Times Square to south at night


Night reflections in old New York City (1897)

Night reflections in old New York City (1897)


Night view of lower New York City from the Metropolitan Tower (c1920)

Night view of lower New York City from the Metropolitan Tower (c1920)


The Statue of Liberty at night (1924)

The Statue of Liberty at night (1924)

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