It's barely 150 years since New York was a bustling city of immigrants from across the world.
But it seems that the skyline that once greeted visitors is virtually unrecognisable from the same scene in 1876.
All that remains is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge which was just being built to connect two districts of the Big Apple.
The changes are shown in a startling composite picture of the skyline over the decades, starting with 1876, going into 1932 and 1988 and finishing in 2013.
The New York skyline before Brooklyn Bridge was completed and the other side of Manhattan Island can be seen in the distance (picture from UrbanPeek.com)
In 56 years high-rise buildings have already made a significant change on the skyline and the opposite side of Manhattan Island can no longer be seen (picture from UrbanPeek.com)
The boom of the 80s shows a New York skyline that is much more recognisable to today's residents and visitors (picture from UrbanPeek.com)
The future: From next year this is how we can expect to see the New York skyline with the Freedom Tower in place of the Twin Towers (picture from UrbanPeek.com)