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Albany Skyline Panoramic Picture, New York

Albany Skyline Panoramic Picture, New York

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This panoramic photograph of Albany was taken by James Blakeway. The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza is the brightly lit complex that houses many of New York's state offices. The tallest building is the 44-story Corning Tower. The Meeting Center, referred to as the "Egg", is the only curvilinear building in the complex and contains two auditoriums. Henry Hudson, for whom the Hudson River is named, discovered Albany while seeking a shorter route to the far-east in 1609. The city, first settled by the Dutch in 1624, became the capital of the state of New York in 1797.
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Albany, NY Skyline Pictures

One would never guess from looking at an Albany skyline picture that the city is one of the oldest in the U.S., and was first settled in 1614. Chartered as a city in 1686, it was a significant period of time before Albany city skyline pictures became available, documenting the progression of construction in this important city. To this day, Albany holds importance as the capital of the state of New York, roughly 140 miles away. Despite the population in the city itself being roughly 100,000, Albany city skyline pictures have documented the city's key role in transportation in the region.

European settlement of the area began when Englishman Henry Hudson, for whom the Hudson River is named, explored the region in 1609 on behalf of the Dutch East India Company and claimed what would become Albany.

Albany city skyline pictures dramatically changed in the 1960s with the construction of the Empire State Plaza, under the guidance of Governor Nelson Rockefeller. This collection of office buildings, mainly filled with New York state agencies, dominates any Albany skyline pictures. The most iconic building in this complex is Erastus Corning Tower, the tallest building in New York outside of New York City, reaching 589 feet in height.

Another famous structure commonly associated with Albany city skyline pictures is the Meeting Center, commonly called the "Egg" by Albany residents. This structure, along with the Palace Theatre, provide music and theater performance venues for Albany residents.

While Albany skyline pictures show a uniquely modern landscape, what can't be gathered at a glance is the important place in U.S. history this city has held. Albany has seen events in U.S. history prior to the founding of the nation, flooding with Dutch, German and English immigrants even a century before the Revolutionary War. Considering the historical significance of the region, it's easy to see why the sprawling city shown in Albany skyline pictures continues to hold the fascination of so many to this day.

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