Amazing historical photos show how New York’s iconic landmarks and tourist attractions were built – The Sun

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FASCINATING archive photos show New York’s most famous landmarks under construction during the boom years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Statue of Liberty, and Grand Central Station can all be seen taking shape in the collection.

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Statue of Liberty’s toes ready to be hoisted into position on Bedloe Island – later renamed Liberty Island – circa 1885Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Cables are laid during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 1870s

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Cables are laid during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 1870sCredit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Worker with a head for heights climbs a crane hook on the 1,454-foot Empire State Building built in 1930

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Worker with a head for heights climbs a crane hook on the 1,454-foot Empire State Building built in 1930Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Construction underway at Columbus Circle, with an explorer statue at its center

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Construction underway at Columbus Circle, with an explorer statue at its centerCredit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Madison Square Garden's circular room takes shape, next to a square tower built to house its executive offices

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Madison Square Garden’s circular room takes shape, next to a square tower built to house its executive officesCredit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Workers tighten huge nut during Holland Tunnel construction

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Workers tighten huge nut during Holland Tunnel constructionCredit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    New George Washington Memorial Bridge opens in 1931

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New George Washington Memorial Bridge opens in 1931Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Excavations along Park Avenue during construction of Grand Central Station, inaugurated in 1913

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Excavations along Park Avenue during construction of Grand Central Station, inaugurated in 1913Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    One of the Brooklyn Bridge support towers rises in the 1870s

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One of the Brooklyn Bridge support towers rises in the 1870sCredit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    The Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing over the East River

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The Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing over the East River
    It was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1883

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It was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1883Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
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Workers known as “sandhogs” had to pass through pressure chambers after they dug tunnels under the East River in 1931Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    The mooring mast on top of the Empire State Building nears completion in 1931

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The mooring mast on top of the Empire State Building nears completion in 1931Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    The Cantilever Queensboro Bridge was completed in 1909

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The Cantilever Queensboro Bridge was completed in 1909Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images
    Iron squares weighing 30 tons each were placed 75 feet below street level in the foundations of Radio City in 1932

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Iron squares weighing 30 tons each were placed 75 feet below street level in the foundations of Radio City in 1932Credit: Bettmann Archives / Getty Images

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