But one ever-present trait is the city's photogenic nature: it's the backdrop of many a tourist photo, Hollywood movie, and music video.
This urban beauty even extends back to the early 1900s. The Library of Congress affords us the opportunity to look back at New York when it was just entering the 20th century.
What was life like in 1900? How have some of our favorite landmarks changed? And what looks remarkably the same?
|City Hall, Manhattan|
|Union Square, flower market|
|34th Street and 5th Avenue|
|City Hall subway station|
|College of the City of New York|
|Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn|
|Greenwich Village, hot dog festival|
|Mott Street (Chinatown)|
|South Street Seaport|
|Statue of Liberty, from the torch|
|The Brooklyn Bridge|
|The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Washington Bridge and Harlem River Drive|