Captured in 1906 by photographer James A. Hart, this incredible shot is presumed to be the first ever aerial photograph of New York City.
The lower end of Manhattan Island photographed from a height of about 800 feet. Battery Park with the elevated railroad winding through it occupies most of the lower portion of the picture' the small park slightly above it is Bowling Green with the new Custom House facing it. The little dark spot to the right is Corlears Hook Park. The blurs around the corners of the pictures are due to the action of the salt water when the plates fell into Long Island Sound (Photograph by James Hare/Collier's)
Here is what it looks like today:
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