The twin towers of the World Trade Center dominated the New York City skyline for almost thirty years, from their grand opening on April 4, 1973, until their destruction on September 11, 2001. They were visible from almost all corners of the city, and on a clear day, one could see them from up to forty miles away.
They were an especially prominent visual presence in our neighborhoods, where they were always visible, and a clear directional marker for downtown (vs. uptown). As such, and as incredibly important (if short-lived) landmarks of our city, they also have a prominent place in our Historic Image Archive, which contains nearly 4,000 images of our neighborhoods and other landmarks of New York City over the past two and a half centuries.
While our image archive contains many images of the destruction of the World Trade Center and the aftermath the terrorist attacks, today we focus on the images from our archive of the twin towers during their all-too-brief life between April 4, 1973 and September 11, 2001.