20 Incredible Snapshots of Vintage New York City

Lionel and Norman Wurts were prolific photographers of New York City in the first half of the 20th century, capturing the building of landmarks and everyday life. Here's some of their most emblematic photos.

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Manhattan at dusk in 1940. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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An aerial of Manhattan, looking south in 1939. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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A view of Midtown, including Rockefeller Center, in 1935. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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A view of the old Penn Station from the offices of Estate Stove Co. on 34th Street in 1927. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The interior of the old Penn Station in 1939. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The buildings of the Upper East Side provide a backdrop to Central Park, as seen from the San Remo apartments in 1938. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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A bird's-eye view of Central Park and the Upper East Side in 1927. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The view from the penthouse at East 86th Street in 1943. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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New York Harbor and the Battery, including the aquarium, in 1915. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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Rows of apartment blocks in Manhattan in 1941. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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Harriett Feldman
The Empire State Building under construction in 1930. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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A view from the 102nd floor of the newly built Empire State Building shows the lights of Times Square glowing in 1933. The George Washington Bridge can be seen at the upper right. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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A view of the Hudson River from Manhattan in 1939. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The Brooklyn Bridge as viewed from Lower Manhattan in 1900. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The skyline of Midtown from Lower Manhattan in 1935. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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Lower Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn in 1932. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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Midtown as seen from under the Queensboro Bridge on Roosevelt Island in 1933. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The backyards of tenaments in 1932. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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A view of Central Park and the Upper East Side from a rooftop terrace in 1935. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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The view looking north from 70 Pine St. in 1932. (Wurts Bros./MCNY)
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