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Financial District

The Financial District is an area located at Southern spot of the borough of Manhattan. It is a place where many of the city’s financial institutions and headquarters are housed. It includes the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and much more. The District made New York City into the world’s leading financial center, and the most economically powerful city.

Wall Street

Wall Street is, and has for quite a long time been a symbol of money and power. In 1653, during the tenure of Peter Stuyvesant, a wall stretched from the Hudson River to the East River. The Dutch built it to protect themselves from the British, who were at the time inhabiting the north. The wall was not required for defense purposes, and the British tore in down in 1699. A path, named Wall Street, connected the banks of the East and Hudson rivers. Early merchants built important buildings on this path, such as a city hall, church, shops and warehouses. Later, the exchange rented a place on Wall Street, and worked the organization from there from then on.

One of the most famous attractions of Wall Street is the Charging Bull. The bronze sculpture was installed in 1987 following the stock market crash of that year.The Bull was designed and sculpted by the artist, Arturo Di Modica. It was, and still is, a symbol of “the strength and power of the American people”. Once the Bull was set up, it instantly became a hit amongst photographers, and a major tourist destination of the Financial District.

Charging Bull Color Photograph
Charging Bull Color Photograph

New York Stock Exchange

The NYSE is home to over 2,800 companies that collectively exceed the value of $15 trillion. After the American Revolution, Congress issued $80 million in bonds to pay for war debt. A certain marketplace was necessary to hold this type of activity. So, after years of informal exchange in coffeehouses, a group of brokers decided to do something about that; so they got together and came up with the “Buttonwood Agreement” on May 17th, 1792. Their plan marked the beginning of the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1934, the NYSE registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions as a national securities exchange. Until 1938, the main governing body was the Governing Committee. Then, the exchange hired their first paid president and created up with a board of governors made up of 33 members. Later on, in 1972, the exchange became much more organized with 25 member board directors, 12 representatives, a chairman, CEO, and others. The NYSE is the second largest stock exchange in the world.

New York Stock Exchange Watercolor Painting
New York Stock Exchange Watercolor Painting

The photos and artworks at nyArt.com capture various parts of the Financial District. Rather than focusing solely on the Bull or the NYSE headquarters, our art gives you a taste of both from different perspectives. The photographs’ quality allows you to see the light reflecting off the shining, bronze statue of the Bull, and the paintings use color to emphasize the bright and cheery lights of the Christmas tree standing outside the New York Stock Exchange.

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Twin Towers

The fabled Twin Towers were the city’s tallest skyscrapers until the Freedom Tower. They are most noted for being hosts to one the country’s most tragic disasters, known as  9/11. The 110-story buildings were a visitor attraction due to the various shops and restaurants placed just beneath the buildings. Designers made up the World Trade Center complex of seven buildings, and a large plaza; the Trade Center housed trade organizations, brokerages, international banks, steamship lines, freight handlers, government agencies, and the U.S. Custom House.

History of Twin Towers

Officials proposed the idea for a World Trade Center in 1960, and opened for business ten or so years later. However, constructors did not complete the buildings until 1973. The idea, essentially, was to build a sort of city within a city. The complex would have its own medical facility, police station, along with banks, shops, and restaurants. Minoru Yamasaki designed the buildings, and constructed over a course of many hardworking years. In 1970, the first tower stood, completed. Followed shortly by the finalization of the construction of tower #2 in 1971.

Twin Towers Black and White Photograph
Twin Towers Black and White Photograph

Over the years, the Twin Towers were hosts to many astonishing events. For example, a car bomb being set off by terrorists in the garage beneath the building on February 26, 1993; a large fire on the 11th floor of the North Tower earlier in 1975, and many others. However, no event was as memorable yet horrifying as the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Attack of 9/11

In the early morning, a hijacked commercial jet crashed straight into the North Tower starting a fire so intense it exceeded 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Not twenty minutes after, a second plane crash occurred, this time aimed to the South Tower. Approximately 1-2 hours later, the South Tower collapsed. It was followed shortly by the North Tower, clouding the street in ash, smoke, and tangled steel.

Fortunately, the majority of the 50,000 people working in the towers escaped with minor injuries, while 3,682 in total died including the casualties from the plane crash. All throughout the weeks, people walked around the street with photographs of loved ones begging the search crews to recover their bodies, but in the end, many bodies were left buried deep in the rubble, unable to be recovered.

Twin Towers Black and White Photograph
Twin Towers Black and White Photograph

All the art and photos offered at nyArt.com show the grand towers standing side by side, looming over the entire city. For so long, the towers have been a key piece of the New York City landscape; everybody became accustomed to seeing them cast their shadows over the other buildings and looking out on to the Brooklyn Bridge and river beneath. Every photo highlights not only the tragedy that brought the towers down, but also the memories that came along with them. Buy some of the historic art to have a piece of these memories that can never be recreated.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The St. Patrick’s Cathedral has an incredibly unique and vintage construction style. It is also noted for being a symbol of the success of New York’s immigrant Irish Catholic population. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, as well as the eleventh largest in the world.

History

In 1828, the plot where the Cathedral now sits was bought by the two major churches of New York: St. Peter’s and St. Patrick’s. The buyers intended the land as a burial ground. The buyers, however, did not examine the land which, as it turned out, was actually way too rocky to be used as a burial ground. As a result of the situation, the two churches owned a plot of useless land. That is, until in 1850, Archbishop John Hughes announced that he would be building a new cathedral on the site. John Hughes arrived to America in 1817 from Ireland, at the age of 20. He was initially an uneducated man eager to become a priest, who later became a skillful administrator, bishop, and orator.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Print on Canvas
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Black and White Photograph

Eight years after making his statement about the cathedral, Hughes finally had raised enough money to be able to lay the cornerstone and begin construction. In 1879, when the cathedral’s construction was completed at last, it became known as an incredibly dedicated process due to the fact that it cost twice as much and taken four times as long to build, including an interruption at the time of the Civil War. The cathedral was officially sanctified in 1910.

Construction

The cathedral, designed by James Renwick and William Rodrigue, draws on the decorated Gothic style of the 13th century. As one of the most famous landmarks of New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral draws the majority of visitors’ attentions with its intricate and elaborate, Latin cross with traditional east-west orientation design.

Although the general plan of the building was designed by Renwick and Rodrigue, they were not the sole designers working on the project. As the cathedral required a very close outlook on the details, other designers assisted with each aspect of the building. For example, the bronze doors of the cathedral, added in 1949, were designed by Charles Maginnis and the surrounding figures were designed by John Angel. The figures themselves attract many visitors as each one is unique and represents a different person, such as the first American-born saint, the first Catholic priest of New York, etc.

The art at nyArt.com is distinctive in that it portrays the cathedral from different viewpoints and angles, allowing it to be seen from various perspectives. Although each artwork may show the building from differing angles, they all are still able to capture how the unique building completely stands out from the rest of the street. To have a piece of the magic brought upon by the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, purchase some of the art offered at nyArt.com.

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic landmarks of New York. It is one of the tallest buildings in New York. The Empire has been featured in over 90 films, and attracts millions of visitors each year.

History

The site of the building at first was occupied by the John Thompson Farm in the late 18th century. By the start of the 19th century, it was replaced by the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Later on, the “race for the tallest tower” began, and the Empire soon stood in the hotel’s place. Workers finalized the Empire State Building’s construction in 1931. Then, it became the tallest skyscraper, beating out the tallest building of that time, the Chrysler Building. The entire construction process of the building involved approximately 3,400 workers. Most of the construction workers happened to be European Immigrants and Mohawk iron workers.

The Empire State Building Watercolor Painting
The Empire State Building Watercolor Painting
The Empire State Building Black and White Photograph
The Empire State Building Photograph

The opening of the building, unfortunately, coincided with the Great Depression in New York. So, much of the office space available to go unrented for quite a while. Also, the Empire’s placement on 34th street turned out to be a highly inconvenient location, as there were no public transportation services for at least several blocks, which added to the building’s vacancy issue of the time. Towards the end of the Depression, the building began attracting more visitors due to its beautiful scenery from the higher floors; around 1950 the building finally became profitable, and in 1951 a man named Roger L. Stevens bought the building.

Incidents

Although the lovely building draws in a large crowd yearly with its pleasing scenery, it has not always been such a cozy and welcoming place to visit. In the previous years, the Empire State Building was a target of many unpleasant incidents. Two major shootings took place in front of the Empire, along with countless suicide attempts. Despite this rough history however, this skyscraper still manages to bring in thousands of visitors. Along with regular citizens, the Empire State Building often gets visits from celebrities, especially since the 103rd floor area of the building is known as a celebrity hotspot.

The Empire State Building is a key piece of the New York City skyline; it is a feature without which we cannot imagine the horizon. The art and photos of the Empire available at nyArt.com capture the building in such angles that each artwork is unique in its own way. They show how the building casts its shadow over the rest of the streets and people, how it completes the landscape along with the Statue of Liberty, and how it stretches to the sky above all other buildings. Buy one of these unique works of art to see how the tower truly completes and fits the picture, and New York wouldn’t be the same without it.

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Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building, apart from being the city’s most beautiful skyscraper, is also one surrounded by mystery and intrigue. One of the building’s main purposes was to express both the luxury and mechanical precision of the automobile in its Jazz Age, and with that being the case, for the first few years the building’s two bottom floors were home to an automobile showroom. The building also had several hidden apartments, one of them belonging to Walter P. Chrysler himself.

History

William H. Reynolds was a real estate speculator. He, much like many ambitious men, wished to construct the world’s tallest tower. As a result, Reynolds hired an unorthodox architect by the name of William Van Alen to design the building. A short while after, Walter Chrysler bought the plans and the lease in 1928, by which time Van Alen announced that the building’s planned height as to be 925 feet. However, Reynolds and Van Alen discovered an opponent in the race for the tallest tower, named H. Craig Severance. While the Chrysler stood at 925 feet, Severance’s building unfortunately came out on top with 927 feet. When Severance had declared himself the winner, however, a team of steelworkers pushed a 185 foot, ornate spire through the roof bringing the building to 1,048 feet.

The Chrysler Building Color Photograph
The Chrysler Building Color Photograph
The Chrysler Building Print on Canvas
The Chrysler Building Print on Canvas

Architecture

This building is the target of many photographers’ pieces because of its elaborate and symmetrical design. The slender tower of the Chrysler Building rises to a stainless steel spire perched above concentric arches by triangular windows. During the Chrysler’s construction, stainless steel cost too much for all with the exception of the most lavish builders. Therefore, the Chrysler contains more stainless steel than any other building in New York.

A few of the building’s popular features, besides the spire, include the large, winged gargoyles. They sit just below the spire, and stare off in four directions. The gargoyles grab the attentions of everyone from passer-bys to photographers. The interior of this breathtaking building is one the city’ shots beautiful and welcoming lobbies. The elevator doors and walls are embedded with African woods in ornate floral designs; each elevator cab is unique, no two are alike. The walls and floor are lined with smooth marble in warm tones that draw in visitors.

The paintings and photographs offered at nyArt.com, while unfortunately lacking the sense of comfort brought by the interior of the Chrysler Building, make up for it with the skillful and clever use of colors to depict how the sunlight bounces off the steel covering of the building. The photographs do their best to make the building look as unique and majestic as it does in real life, while the paintings play around with varieties of techniques and colors to show how the sun affect the building. The artworks and pieces all work to not only focus on the grand building and its beauty, but they also portray the lively aura surrounding it. To be a part of the magical aura created by the Chrysler Building, consider purchasing an artwork of your choice.

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Statue of Liberty

Ever since June 17, 1885 the Statue of Liberty has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in the US. It has also stood tall as it welcomed millions of immigrants arriving in America via Ellis Island. The renowned statue has since then been a symbol of freedom and democracy across the world.

As the American Civil War came to an end, around 1865, a historian named Edouard de Laboulaye suggested France build a symbol of success. He wished to bestow it upon America. The people would later know the symbol as the prominent Statue of Liberty. The project was a collaboration between the two countries; the statue was a symbol of friendship between the French and American people. France constructed and assembled the statue, and America built the pedestal that supports it.

The Statue of Liberty Black and White Photograph
The Statue of Liberty Black and White Photograph
The Statue of Liberty Color Photograph
The Statue of Liberty Color Photograph

Construction

The process was very tedious. Due to the need to raise funds for the statue, construction didn’t begin until a decade later in 1875. The process and construction of the statue involved many workers and professionals coming together to plan. Including, the designer of the Paris Eiffel Tower, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, and also Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.

The city unveiled the result of this grueling workload during a typical July 4th celebration amongst the Americans. The entire celebration was one of the most exuberant to ever occur. Military planes performed aerial acrobatic displays, and 40,000-shell firework performances that bathed the entire harbor in bright, colorful lights. No less than one and a half million people witnessed the event.

Design

The Statue of Liberty was initially known as “Liberty Enlightening the World”. It has a very intriguing history full of symbolism and bonding. It also became one of New York’s main attractions due to its professionally-crafted exterior, and welcoming interior design.

The statue is supported by a pedestal of concrete and granite to ensure maximum sturdiness, and at the entrance are installed very large bronze doors which represent the strenuous labor that went into constructing and restoring the statue after it underwent several terrorist attacks and extremist groups. One of the most visited areas, specifically for photography, is the stepped terrace between the pedestal and Fort Wood at the base of the statue, which was added in 1965.

The Statue of Liberty Watercolor Painting
The Statue of Liberty Watercolor Painting

This ancient, magnificent symbol of strength in democracy, and start of a bond formed between France and America is portrayed wonderfully in the paintings and photographs offered at nyArt.com, as the pieces focus on different angles of Lady Liberty, so as to show off the statue’s captivating beauty. As well as capturing the statue itself in the shot, the artworks also incorporate the renowned Ellis Island and harbor on the horizon to draw more attention to the landscape, skyscrapers, and shimmery waters. Take a look at our offered works and you are guaranteed to have your attention stolen by this graceful statue.

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Broadway

Broadway attracts thousands of visitors and tourists because of its abundant theaters and eye-catching lights of Times Square. It also happens to have a very rich history that goes back centuries. The part of Broadway running directly through the Theater District and Times Square is packed with theaters, cinemas, and restaurants.

Broadway history

Manhattan’s earliest inhabitants, the Native Americans, first inhabited the Wickquasgeck Trail. We know this trail as Broadway Street. Workers carved the trail through swamps and rocks along the length of Manhattan Island. The Indians used it daily. Later, the trail became the main transit road through the island from Nieuw Amsterdam upon the arrival of the Dutch.

Broadway Watercolor Painting
Broadway Watercolor Painting

In the 18th century, Broadway ended at the two town commons North of Wall Street. At the time, that was where traffic continued up the West side of Manhattan island via Bloomingdale Road. During the 19th century, workers paved and widened Bloomingdale Road, and renamed it, “Western Boulevard”. In 1899, the official name “Broadway” covered the entire area containing Broadway and the Western Boulevard.

Theater District

There are so many theatrical productions in NY that there’s one on almost every corner of the streets. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Back in 1732, theatrical activity took place anywhere available with decent conditions. For example, an empty space near the intersection of Maiden Lane and Pearl Street. Then, however, New York Theater had finally become an institution, much to the comfort and convenience of theater enthusiasts.

During the 1800’s, some fine theaters were located on Broadway, including one that was one of the most noted among the upper social classes, the theater inside Niblo’s Garden. Around the 1870’s, changes such as the incandescent lightbulb caught on in a trend among theater owners and operators, and by the 1890’s, all the gas lamps that filled the New York streets were replaced by more convenient and complex lighting systems, especially in the Times Square District. Since Broadway became one of the first streets to fully be lit by electric lights, it was named, “The Great White Way”.

Broadway Oil Painting
Broadway Oil Painting

The art and photo offered at nyArt.com do a great job of using different bright colors to draw all focus to the famed billboards of Times Square, and the many people strolling through the streets and taking in the view. Some photos focus specifically on the unique building at the crossing of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, known as the Flatiron Building. The art also captures some of New York’s all-time famous plays on Broadway, such as “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Cats”, “Les Miserables”, and more. Buy these artworks and photos to enjoy the view of one of the most intriguing and historically rich places in all of New York from your own home.

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Rockefeller Center

Apart from being a tourist attraction, Rockefeller Center is also the first architecturally coordinated development in New York City. The complex includes business buildings, underground walkways, theaters, shops and much more. It is the world’s largest privately-owned business and entertainment center.

There are many tourist and visitor attractions in Rockefeller Center; the most famed building, however, is the GE building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, west of the plaza. The very first building built for the plaza was the GE tower itself. It looms over the plaza, which includes the grand statue of Prometheus, to this day.

The Big Apple Color Photograph
The Big Apple Color Photograph
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Black and White Photograph
St. Patrick’s Cathedral B&W Photograph

Statues in Rockefeller Center

Paul Manship designed the 18-foot statue that dominates the plaza in 1934. A ring with the signs of the zodiac circle the statue of Prometheus that sits on a gilded mountain peak. Behind the figure, upon the red granite wall, is a fabled quote from Aeschylus. Fifty jets of water circling the statue form a summer backdrop for an electric light show. This area is a center of attention of photographers and artists searching for a neat setup of one of Rockefeller’s well-known attractions.

Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan built the large, bronze statue of Atlas that stands in front of Rockefeller Center, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1937. The sculpture, although not the most exquisite attraction, involves a great history and therefore intrigues many visitors.

The figure shows the noted Titan Atlas holding the heavens on his shoulders. During the display of the statue in 1937, for points unknown, many people confused it with Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, hence voicing their protests against it. Since then, the piece was linked with Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, and was assigned as a sign of the Objectivist movement.

Christmastime

During the summer, the sunken plaza becomes an outdoor cafe; in wintertime it’s flooded and becomes an ice-skating rink that attracts many families looking for some chilly winter fun. Workers install a large pine tree covered in thousands of bright lights on the sidewalk behind the plaza at Christmastime. Rockefeller Center gets the most visitors during the holidays.

Christmas Angels Watercolor Painting
Christmas Angels Watercolor Painting

Every year, the Christmas tree is accompanied by equally grand and large, bright angels, which are a work of the late English-born artist, Valerie Clarebout. Designers of the plaza face the angels towards each other and line them up along either side of the aisle of plants leading up to the main attraction, the brightly lit tree. Prior to bringing in the angels in 1954, Clarebout tried snowmen and harps as potentials in place of the Angels.

The Rockefeller’s setup during Christmastime grabs the eyes of pedestrians and photographers who wish to snap the ideal winter wonderland.

The paintings and photos offered at nyArt.com are masterworks of those particular zealous photographers and artists that just could not walk past the stunning scene of Rockefeller Center. They had to have it snapped as memories whether on canvas or print. The paintings show plants circling the tree and angels; the photos show the light bouncing off the Prometheus figure. The artworks feature different seasons but all highlight the main attraction of the season.

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Central Park

New York’s Central Park is the first urban landscape park in the U.S.A. The original purpose of the park was to disprove European views that Americans had no appreciation for cultural refinement; but had a selfish materialism that prevented interest in the greater and common good.

History of Central Park

The park was planned in the early 1850’s; the project itself lasted well over a decade, and cost the city about ten million dollars. The Board of Park Commissioners, set up a design competition for the park, and among the 33 entries. Created by Olmsted and Vaux, the winner was the Greensward Plan (1858). The plan focused mainly on improving existing land contours to heighten the picturesque qualities of the breathtaking landscape.

Spring in Central Park Watercolor Painting
Spring in Central Park Watercolor Painting

 

Designers planned the park to be a democratic experiment. Mainly for the reprieve of the working class, whose daily lives often consisted of tenements and sweatshops. As well as for the amusement of the wealthy upperclass. They could show off and flaunt their clothing, take pleasure in enjoying romantic carriage rides around the park while gazing out at the diverse landscapes. The present park environment reflects all the activities people relish. From skating at the Wollman Rink to enjoying relaxing walks on the Bow Bridge over the clear waters beneath.

Construction

During the first 20 years of construction, millions of cartloads of dirt were brought in. Along with 632 species of trees and 815 types of vines, colorful perennials, and varying alpine plants were planted to give the park its particular unpretentious beauty. Workers dumped a layer of top soil on top the existing poor soil so the plants could grow. These eye-catching blossoms and florets still grab the attentions of many visitors and tourists. As a result, they are ideal targets for eager photographers and artists.

The Greensward Plan also incorporated the existent Arsenal and Croton reservoirs. Since north of the reservoir site the area was high and rocky with amazing views, the designers chose to leave this area as natural and wild as possible. South of the reservoirs were glacial ridges which were converted into shady glens, open meadows, and sloping hills. As a formal touch, designers added a mall along with a fountain and statuary.

 

Bow Bridge Color Photograph
Bow Bridge Color Photograph

The paintings and photos offered at nyArt.com highlight some of the main attractions of the grand Central Park of New York. Several of the artworks include the Bow Bridge and the Gapstow Bridge, both places known for being ideal scenes for carriage rides and casual strolls. The paintings focus on portraying the seasons of spring or fall in Central Park since that’s when the flora is most stunning with colors splattering all over the great landscape. Some paintings and photos also show Central Park in the winter to show off the glazed over, frozen lakes and streams and the snowy, sloping hill tops. Buy some of these artworks to truly get caught in the down to earth beauty of Central Park.

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Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. It is a result mainly of immigrant labor. It was an engineering triumph since it successfully became the world’s first steel suspension bridge. In 1883, only the Trinity Church building was higher, making the Brooklyn Bride the second highest construction of that time.

History of Brooklyn Bridge

An immigrant from Prussia, by the name of John A. Roebling, started his American career as a farmer in 1831. Later, however, he began working on canal systems where he developed the wire rope that made the bridge possible. His plans, created in 1869, for an East River bridge included constructions that would give the bridge its particular beauty. As well as make it stable that if the cables snapped, the bridge would sag and not collapse completely.

Brooklyn Bridge Black and White Photograph
Brooklyn Bridge Black and White Photograph

Unfortunately, shortly after the plans gained approval, an accident caused Roebling to pass away. His son, Washington Roebling, then had to take over the supervision of the work. The process was very slow and tedious due to a myriad of factors standing in the way; for example, lack of funds, certain taxpayers’ suit against the bridge, and fraud. The total construction of the bridge took 14 years. During the last decade, when Washington was rendered an invalid, he could no longer directly supervise the process. Emily Roebling, wife of Washington Roebling, became the mediator between the workers and her husband who continued indirectly watching over the project.

Incidents

May 24th, 1883, marked the grand opening of the bridge amidst triumphal celebrations. Ever since, it has served as an inspiration to artists and writers everywhere. The bridge is encompassed by folklore of the time period, beginning with the Roebling family tragedies and countless deaths of workers during construction. A week after the bridge opened, a paranoid mob that believed the bridge was collapsing crushed a group of pedestrians. In 1884, no doubt to prove the stability of the bridge, P.T. Barnum took 21 elephants across. A short year later, one Robert Odium, a swimming instructor jumped to his death off the bridge. In 1886, a man named Steve Brodie claimed to have survived a leap off the 276.5 ft. tall bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge Digital Painting
Brooklyn Bridge Digital Painting

Purchase some artwork offered at nyArt.com to enjoy the beauty of the world-famous bridge with such a fascinating and intriguing history. The photographs and paintings work to show the breathtaking view from the pedestrian esplanade, both down to the river and up to the towering granite arches and long, outstretched cables. The paintings’ use of different varieties of colors effectively represents the reflections of the bridge’s lights upon the water, and the artworks all include the tall buildings that graze the sky on the landscape along the horizon behind the bridge. To enjoy the beauty of this compelling and historic bridge, obtain some of the unique artworks we offer and be enthralled by the grand bridge who’s history and never-ending folk stories go back ages.