Composite photo of Manhattan in 1609 vs now. It reminds me of a book I read a couple years ago called Forever by Pete Hamill . It's a story of an Irish Immigrant who is cursed with immortality who arrives when New York was just founded. He is not allowed to leave the island of Manhattan and becomes witness to how the city develops all the way to the attacks of September 11th.
Photo by Markley Boyer and found at A Cup of Jo