18 photos show how drastically the New York City skyline has changed in the past decade

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Midtown Manhattan in April 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

The New York City skyline has dramatically transformed in the past decade.

For years, the skyline was defined by the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, both of which were built in the 1930s and stand over 1,000 feet tall, as Stefanos Chen wrote for The New York Times in 2019.

“But New York’s horizon has been in perpetual flux now for the better part of a decade,” Chen wrote.

In lower Manhattan, One World Trade Centre was completed in 2014 and became the tallest building in the city. The island’s west side was also transformed by the new $US25 billion megadevelopment Hudson Yards, which brought luxury residential skyscrapers selling condos as pricey as $US59 million, office towers, and a massive shopping centre to the area. And along the southern edge of Central Park,multiple supertall towers have risen into the clouds, vying for the best views of the park.

In Brooklyn, the borough’s soon-to-be new tallest building is rising downtown. And in Queens, fast-growing neighbourhoods like Long Island City have seen major changes.

Here’s how the New York City skyline has changed in the past 10 years, in photos.


This is what the Manhattan skyline looked like from Weehawken, New Jersey, in 2010.

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November 2010. James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images

Today, the iconic Empire State Building still stands out, but numerous other skyscrapers have risen above it all along the island, altering the skyline.

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November 2019. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

In 2011, the view from 30 Rockefeller Centre’s observation deck, The Top of the Rock, showed One World Trade Centre under construction in the distance in lower Manhattan.

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The view from The Top of the Rock in January 2011. Bruno PEROUSSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Today, One World Trade Centre, completed in 2014, is the tallest building in New York City. At 1,776 feet, it’s easily visible from The Top of the Rock, towering over the other buildings in lower Manhattan.

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The view from The Top of the Rock in September 2019. Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images

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Looking in the other direction, the view of Central Park from The Top of the Rock was mostly unobstructed at the beginning of the decade.

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June 2012. Photo by Victor Fraile/Corbis via Getty Images

Now, several supertall skyscrapers, including the new tallest residential building in the world, have risen along the southern edge of the park in an area now known as “Billionaires’ Row.”

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September 2019. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

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From Central Park in 2010, you could see stately luxury hotels, condos, and co-ops lining Central Park South.

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Central Park in 2010. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

Now, those buildings are dwarfed by the new towers, which include the world’s skinniest skyscraper, One57, and Central Park Tower, which became the tallest residential building in the world in 2019 at 1,550 feet.

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At the start of the past decade, Manhattan’s west side between 30th and 34th streets was home to only a few apartment buildings, office buildings, and the West Side Yard, where Long Island Rail Road trains were stored.

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August 2011. DeAgostini/Getty Images

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Today, the area is dominated by Hudson Yards, the city’s new $US25 megadevelopment of luxury condos, offices, entertainment, and shopping, which opened to the public in March 2019.

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In 2011, this was the view of the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn.

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Manhattan Bridge in July 2011. Hohlfeld/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Since then, an 80-story luxury condo tower, One Manhattan Square, has risen behind the bridge.

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Manhattan Bridge in November 2019. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In 2010, this was the view of lower Manhattan from New Jersey on September 11, when twin columns of light were projected into the sky in remembrance of the September 11 attacks.

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A view of Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Today, the lights are still projected every year on September 11, but the lower Manhattan skyline looks dramatically different after the completion of One World Trade Centre and other skyscrapers in the area.

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September 2019. Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


Brooklyn has not gone unchanged either. Here’s what part of its skyline looked like In 2010.

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July 2010. Andre Seale/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images


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Today, parts of Brooklyn have been filled in with skyscrapers, and the borough’s skyline is starting to look more and more like Manhattan’s.

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December 2019. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

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And in northern Brooklyn, areas like the Williamsburg waterfront have been rapidly changing. Earlier in the decade, the site of the Domino Sugar Factory sat abandoned and decrepit.

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January 2012. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

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Today, the 11-acre area has undergone a massive redevelopment. The area has been transformed by a pristine new park and luxury condos.

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May 2018. Christina Horsten/picture alliance via Getty Images

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