What is Citynoise?..... Today's posts..... This month..... Recent Comments..... Contact..... RSS Feed.... Post your own Citynoise.....  

browse by city

Brooklyn, NY (1195)
New York, NY (1031)
Toronto, ON (946)
Montreal, QC (433)
London, UK (316)
Houston, TX (297)
Oakland, CA (252)
Philadelphia, PA (208)
Seattle, WA (191)
Queens, NY (188)
complete city list

popular articles

Berkeley Old, Berkeley New
from: joey
Winona and Her Big Brown...
from: Franny Wentzel
what's hot this month?

recent articles

Winona and Her Big Brown...
from: Franny Wentzel
Berkeley Old, Berkeley New
from: joey
St. Johns Place Then
from: Janet
TO Island and the Spit
from: Michelle
MLK Saturday
from: joey
Storm Damage
from: Franny Wentzel
TV Looks Old
from: joey
207th Street Station then & Now...
from: Franny Wentzel
Free Utopian Projects
from: joey
Leap Day Post
from: joey
read all today's articles

browse by author

Peter (1348)
joey (454)
jack (323)
EvilGentleman (298)
hool (247)
complete author list

hot topics

subway moscow
seattle wa
astoria ny
london street art
green point
central park
parkdale toronto
tokyo tower
brooklyn east 5th street
vancouver, wa
coney island island
tacoma bridge

Old New York in Colour - Part IV - Round Robin Selections

- Franny Wentzel - Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 : goo

Browsing articles by Franny Wentzel - [previous] :: [next]

A variety of old New York colour selections from various sources

image 41065

Downtown - early 1960s

image 41066

image 41067

Downtown from the harbour

image 41068

Downtown from Jerseyside

image 41069

image 41070

Downtown from the Hudson

image 41071

View east from Woolworth Bldg

image 41072

View west from Woolworth Bldg - RMS Queen Elizabeth heading out to sea

image 41073

Midtown and the ESB from Queens

image 41074

from 5th Ave

image 41076

image 41077

ESB from 5th Ave near 42nd St

image 41078

image 41079

ESB from Bryant Park

image 41089

Herald Square looking north

image 41080

Mc Alpin Hotel at Herald Square

image 41081

image 41082

image 41075

ESB from Herald Square

image 41083

View south to downtown from ESB

image 41084

image 41085

View to northeast from ESB

image 41086

image 41087

View north to midtown from ESB

image 41088

View northeast from ESB

image 41090

Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center

image 41091

La Maison Francaise & British Empire Bldgs

image 41092

RCA Building from 5th Ave

image 41093

International Bldg

image 41094

Central Park from top of RCA Bldg

image 41095

View west from RCA Bldg - RMS Queen Elizabeth at dock

image 41096

Times Square from RCA Bldg

image 41097

image 41098

image 41099

image 41100

image 41101

Scenes from Times Square

image 41102

42nd Street from Times Square

image 41103

image 41104

United Nations Building

This article has been viewed 168777 times in the last 6 years

Shawn: 3rd Apr 2010 - 22:24 GMT

Really enjoying these sets. Thanks for sharing them.

This_IsRelevant: 3rd Apr 2010 - 22:32 GMT

Thank you so much for collecting these photos on your site. They are priceless!

joey: 5th Apr 2010 - 00:27 GMT

enjoyable colors. pre digital photo realism. i swear i saw Mr. Anderson from the Matrix on the street corner in one of those photos.

xak: 5th Apr 2010 - 13:33 GMT

Times square is amazingly different. These pics are great.

Keith: 5th Apr 2010 - 17:22 GMT

What fun! Awesome seeing the old skylines. Makes me want to dig up newer pictures of the same things to compare and contrast!

jack: 6th Apr 2010 - 15:06 GMT

as i wipe away the tears from my eyes i gaze upon a manhattan i grew up in, a times square i drank orange drinks at nedicks, a bonds where i bought my shirts from, downtown on cedar street where i worked my first real job and ate lunch under the old west side highway with its cobble stoned highway, the streets at 42nd when women wore dresses and men wore suits, the old marathon chevrolet yellow cabs with drivers who spoke english and new the streets, sigh, as i clutch my heart and reminisce all the old hangouts and streets, the west side story of my days, my old high school in hells kitchen, the old madison square garden, the architecture, i realize that it's all in those old photo's and is really no more. i need to get back to manhattan and roam the streets and take some photos. franny wentzel, thank you.

Peter: classic views... wow! thanks again, franny...

dglenn: 7th Apr 2010 - 14:09 GMT

Great post Franny. I assume most of these photos are from the late sixties.? I almost expected to see myself in one of them. I took a trip to NYC with my family in '67, I was 10 years old (yes I'm that old). These pics took me right back there.


Franny Wentzel: 7th Apr 2010 - 17:16 GMT

Most of these are from the 1940s and 50s with some mid-60s view representin' and maybe an 1930s view here or there. Half of these are leftovers from the Cushman collection which have definitive dates from 1942 and 1960.

A couple of these you can date from buildings under construction and anything with the Singer Bldg in it was pre-1967

adam: love this post

KGrey: 9th Apr 2010 - 13:53 GMT

What a beautiful glimpse into the past. Jack, I must compliment you on a most eloquent expression of bittersweet memories. Karl

Roger: 13th Apr 2010 - 19:16 GMT

A masterly expression of life in Manhattan.Thankyou very much for letting us see these extraordinary photographs.

william ( blackie ) mazzeo: love those pics

anon ( 15th Apr 2010 - 17:21 GMT

I was born in 1952 in New Jersey. I was born in south Jersey in the Toms River area and then moved to Newark until the late 50s then moved back to Seaside Heights in the Ocean County area. My first experience with New York City was Not until 1964 when I went to the Worlds fair in Queens. I Never did get to see Manhattan Until I was in my late teens. I sure missed alot.

Janet: 15th Apr 2010 - 19:54 GMT

What a host of memories! Wonderful seeing these photos of Manhattan as one remembers it, particularly views of Broadway day and night. The buildings, movie houses, stores (like Bonds Clothes, Loew's State, Whelan Drugs) are not only familiar, they were visited frequently by me and my friends.

Janet: 17th Apr 2010 - 19:55 GMT

Every time I look at these, there's something new standing out brilliantly. I'm reminded of what fashion designer Oleg Cassini said when asked which was the greatest city in the world: New York, of course (he said). Every other city is a fraud by comparison.

Janet: 18th Apr 2010 - 19:30 GMT

Just looked at these photos posted by Joey. Remarkable, beautiful architectural detail: let's be grateful that the 50's-style reconstruction demons who demolished so much of Manhattan's irreplaceable historic buildings (case in point: Penn Station) didn't get their hungry claws on these treasures. Or did they?

WhiteCamry: 4th Jun 2010 - 19:01 GMT

The foreground of "Downtown from Jerseyside" looks like the remnants of an aircraft carrier. The legendary U. S. S. "Enterprise" (CV-6) was broken up at Kearny, N. J., from 1958-60.

Anyone who knows for certain whether or not that's the "Big E" in the photo, please shout out.

Franny Wentzel: 4th Jun 2010 - 19:19 GMT

This is what the looked like when she arrived at the Kearny NJ scapyards...

image 42839

I don't think its her as the guns were still in place on the ship in the picture even as the flight deck is being torn up...

image 41068

Chaloots: 27th Jun 2010 - 14:23 GMT

I believe the view from the demolished carrier flight deck was the USS Franklin, which was the target of multiple kamikazes. She is on her way for repairs at the Navy shipyard in Brooklyn.

Franny Wentzel: 27th Jun 2010 - 19:52 GMT

Found a duplicate of that image at a USS Franklin webpage

More images here...

eve harris hassman: 1st Aug 2010 - 15:22 GMT

manhattan was so wonderful in those days -- and the people really looked human-- what has become of our dignity-

Janet: 1st Aug 2010 - 19:28 GMT

Just looked at again--a marvel to behold the City in its glory days.

nancy: 9th Aug 2010 - 02:12 GMT

I wish these nice photos had credits. The photographers should be recognized.

Limbojoop: 11th Aug 2010 - 20:43 GMT

I'm not even from near NY but these pictures make me very melancholic. I wish I could be there and see,hear,smell and feel everything but it will never happen only reminds me to take pictures more often in my own neighborhood so that when I'm old they will make me melancholic again. Why do I torture myself.

Etuc: 11th Aug 2010 - 21:50 GMT

thanks for this - brings back happy memories of growing up in NYC during the early '60's. I remember my mother taking me into Manhattan for shopping when I was 4-10 years old, seeing these photos brings back the happy feelings I had back then.

Jerrycct: 12th Aug 2010 - 00:45 GMT

Just amazing. I remember Times Square from the '80's but those shots from before the highrises and the Disneyfication are priceless.

Lynne Elliott, Sydney Australia: 16th Aug 2010 - 01:37 GMT

Ive only been to New york through the movies but even I recognise some of the places shown. Thank you for such great photos.

GigiGarettiNJ: 23rd Sep 2010 - 17:25 GMT

I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and now live in northern New Jersey. I can't stop looking at those pictures! It stirs up so many memories of the city I grew up in, the city I love and always will. Gimbels, A&S, Nedicks, Horn & Hardart, Chock Full O'Nuts (we didn't need Starbucks!) the Blarney Stone, Central Park, Times Square, late night skating at Rockefeller Center, The Village and all it's culture and amazing clubs...

My dad worked in the Empire State building for a time. I was an adult before I ever went to the top! I took so much for granted growing up. I worked in the now 30 Rock building (for Ralf Lauren - Warner/Lauren Cosmetics) when Time Warner had it. I loved combing through the album bins in the Warner store... yeah, vinyl albums - cheap - with my employee discount.

I blinked and now I have a daughter living there and attending college who has grown to love NYC every bit as much as I do. She can't imagine a better place to live and study. I blinked and now I have a son who's band plays regular gigs in the clubs I grew up in. He was a stock broker/trader in the now sadly gone "open outcry pit".

So much has changed. So much has stayed the same.

Those photos remind me of how my mom used to dress us up in matching outfits with lace trimmed anklet socks to go shopping (or do anything) in Manhattan.

I watched the towers being built. I was just a kid but I remember people talking about how they're enormity would negatively impact and change the skyline. I remember they became the skyline. I watched them come down and the void still makes my heart break.

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos! I'm bookmarking this page because every time I look through the pictures I see something else. What great memories...

anon ( 13th Dec 2010 - 00:14 GMT

As a native New Yorker I really loved these photos from a time before mine.

Bb2ru: outstanding pictures!!!!

Anomonous: 10th Feb 2012 - 03:30 GMT

It's awsome to see new York then. So much different then. Not as many buildings then now, a lot nicer then I think.

Franny Wentzel: 10th Feb 2012 - 08:27 GMT

Cities seem to look bigger when the buildings are made of brick and stone instead of glass and steel.

Jbt. Indiana: 14th Feb 2012 - 04:19 GMT

Perfer to live then than now. Life looked more simpler.

anon ( 17th Mar 2012 - 21:16 GMT

Thank you for such a wonderful hour on my computer god bless all of the people who took pictures -what a wonderful childhood I had living on the east side a simpler time with such wonderful neighbors,, never will I forget them Mrs Cohen who lived in the lavenburg what a wonderful human being. Hello to all my old friends Mollie Vera Edith Janet -- how manhy times have told someone of my growing up on the lower east side. memories never forgotten,. keep the phot's coming!!!!!!!!

john: 8th Sep 2012 - 04:11 GMT

Great photos. One that caugt my eye was a Schaefer beer truck parked opposite BryantPark. Thats when Schaefer was brewed in Brooklyn.

doris faura: 5th Dec 2014 - 16:32 GMT

Hi ( Amy Caramanica (nee) Wiseman did u live on Henry St. in the early 50's did u know Doris she lived at 83 Henry ..and Josephine Gallo..and Maryann Greco did u have blond hair and had brothers.. the building u lived was one of thenicest

Comment on this article..


Type your comment here: Upload photos (opens in popup window)

Browsing articles by Franny Wentzel - [previous] :: [next]


recent discussions

Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center
from: Sean Hopkins
Old New York in Colour - Part III - Lower East Side
from: Franny Wentzel
St. Johns Place Then
from: Janet
Beach's Pneumatic Subway
from: Franny Wentzel
Followup Graffiti Hunt
from: Jamie
The Elusive Red Tailed Black Squirrel
from: Biff
James M. Baxter Terrace
from: Peter
Tokyo Living
from: jeeff
Abandoned Spaceship
from: Spoon
Atlantic City, Part 1
from: vz

from the archives


It's everywhere.


recently viewed

Old New York in Colour - Part IV - Round Robin Selections
from: Franny Wentzel
Highway in the Sky
from: bigrock
Arrival #1
from: fuzzytank
Alaskan Way
from: fuzzytank
Parkour in South Arica
from: DC
Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights
from: Peter
Villa Maria Metro Station
from: superkidlinh
Northampton Bike Path
from: Lou
Ladies' Entrance
from: JJ
Halep Kebab Feast
from: Jamie