“New York blazes like a magnificent jewel in its fit setting of sea, and earth, and stars.”
— Thomas Wolfe, in his novel The Web and the Rock.
LIFE now presents classic black-and-white photos that show off the architecture, the spirit, the culture — images that are a testament to a city that, through darkness and in light, remains one of a kind. — Love Letter to NYC: LIFE Photos
Irene, Now a Tropical Storm, Soaks New York City — After grinding up the East Coast as a deadly hurricane, a downgraded Irene swept through the Big Apple on Sunday morning, flooding streets in Lower Manhattan and other areas. Here: Walking in the rain in New York City.
see more — Hurricane Irene: The Best Photos