30 Stunning Vintage Photos of New York City in the 1940s

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French-born photographer Andreas Feininger moved to the United States in 1939 and started to work at LIFE magazine in 1943. One of America’s greatest photographers of the 20th century, Feininger was well-known for his photographs of New York City, which was also his favorite subject. His grand love for New York was plainly shown in numerous photographs, both in black-and-white and in color, from viewpoints all around the city.

Smoggy waterfront skyline of New York City as seen from the shores of New Jersey, 1946.

Take a look back at the city in the 1940s through these 33 transcendent photographs taken by the masterly photographer:

1940.

Underneath West Side Highway near 125th Street, 1940.

9th Avenue Elevated armature in Harlem, on 8th Avenue near 127th Street, 1940.

Sheep Meadow, Central Park, 1940.

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