New York is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but such beauty is often best witnessed by looking back. Gotham has seen many changes over the last many decades, from its people to its architecture, and each change has helped build the character and legacy of the city in the eyes of the world. In honoring that legacy, we look to the work of many photographers who captured the essence of The Big Apple from the olden days until now. Enjoy this gallery of 50 Stunning Vintage Photographs of New York City.

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