New York City Landmarks Reflected in Postage Stamps

Most people living outside of New York City may only know the city through its landmark buildings and sites, and what better way to get to know these iconic landmarks than through US postage stamps.  I have pulled together a few of the most well-known New York sites and structures commemorated by the US postal Service.  

Empire State Building – Issued 1998

NY Empire State

President Herbert Hoover dedicated the Empire State Building in 1931, which was the tallest building in the world at that time and remained so for 40 years. This iconic NYC skyscraper has 102 stories and rises 1,250 feet above the ground.

Brooklyn Bridge – Issued 1983

NY Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John Augustus Roebling, connects Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River.  The Brooklyn Bridge opened in May 1883.

The bridge is 1 mile long. It is constructed of four cables, each anchored to plates of many tons, embedded in masonry foundations. Each foundation has a weight of 44 thousand tons. Every cable contains more than five thousand steel wires totaling 14,000 miles of wire.  It took thirteen years to build the bridge. 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Issued 2005

NY Guggenheim

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the museum and it is considered one of most important architectural landmarks of the 20th century. 

The George Washington Bridge – Issued 1952

NY GW Bridge

The George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River and connects New York to New Jersey. The construction began in 1927 and continued over the next four years, finally opening to traffic in 1931. Each of the four cables holding up the deck is a yard in diameter and a mile long.  

Polo Grounds NY City – Issued 2001

NY Polo Grounds

Polo Ground ball field was on the Upper West Side, located on Eighth Avenue and West 155th Street in Manhattan. The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds in New York City in September 1957 before moving to San Francisco.

The Grand Central Terminal – Issued 2013

NY Grand Central

The Grand Central Terminal officially opened on February 2, 1913, and this year it celebrated its 100th year anniversary.  

 Verranzano-Narrows Bridge – Isued  1954

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects two of the five New York City Boroughs, Brooklyn and Staten Island.  It is one of the longest single suspension bridge in the world and is named for Giovanni da Verrazano, a Florentine explorer who discovered New York harbor in 1524.

 Yankee Stadium – Issued in 2001

NY Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium, located in the Bronx, opened for its first game in 1923. Nicknamed “The House That Ruth Built”, the stadium hosted the Yankees’ home games from 1923-1973 and from 1976-2008.

Statue of Liberty –

NY_Statue Liberty 1

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic symbol for the country and the New York city, and is recognized all over the world. Lady Liberty was a gift from France and shipped in crates to New York, where it was assembled on top of a 150 feet high pedestal on Liberty Island in New York City Harbor. The statue itself is about 151 feet high.  It was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

 The Chrysler Bulding – Issued  1998 

NY Crysler Building

The Chrysler Building is one of the most distinguished in New York city. Its unique crown made of stainless steel glistens in sunlight and can be seen from miles. It was built in 1930 for Walter P. Chrysler, who was the chairman of the Chrysler Corporation.  It is 1,046 feet high and has 77 floors.

 

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