Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 10 Greatest Historic NYC Photographs — #10

New York is surely the most photogenic city in the history of the world. Travelers and tourists arrive in our streets and immediately seek to capture images on camera. Some photographic images of this town have had a lasting influence on people’s understanding of both the art of photography and the atmosphere of New York. Here are our choices for the top 10 greatest historic photographs of New York City. As always, we reveal one selection per day, beginning with number 10.

A Great Day in Harlem by Art Kane

10 Great Day in Harlem

In 1958, 57 phenomenal jazz musicians gathered together in front of one of Harlem’s iconic brownstone townhouses (technically, East Harlem, as the house is on East 126th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues) for this classic jazz photo op. Art Kane’s masterpiece has been called “the greatest photo in the history of jazz” and features such notables as Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, and Lester Young, among others. The cozy comfort of the brownstone, the children on the curb, and ease with which the musical legends interact all speaks to the intrinsic relationship between the great neighborhood of Harlem and the beloved traditions of jazz.

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