Manhattan, New York – Then/Now interactive ‘rephotography’ (using Google Earth)

I recently saw this old photo of the Chrysler building standing relatively exposed in Manhattan and just wondered how easy it would be to recreate the same scene using Google Earth. I had assumed it was taken from an aircraft but soon realised it was taken from a viewing platform on the Empire State Building, which made it much easier to find the right spot to view from. It also means if I get to go over there I’ll know exactly where I need to stand to do it properly!

Click and drag then interactive sliders below to see what has changed in the last ~80 years (the BW photo is c1932)

Just for added fun, below I highlighted in green the buildings that were still visible, and yellow the ones that had been erected since 1932.

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