Manhattan and New York City
May 08, 2001
On May 4 1626, (375 years ago), the Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan, and on May 1 1931 (70 years ago) the Empire State Building was dedicated. This above photo of New York City was taken from the space shuttle (STS 039) - north is toward the upper left. On this false color image, the magenta color shows healthy vegetation, blue/gray represents urban areas and black is water. The Atlantic Ocean is to the right, Long Island is at the right center, and New Jersey is to the lower left. Brooklyn and Queens are at the bottom of Long Island, and the island of Manhattan is at the lower center, just to the left (north) of Brooklyn. The Empire State Building, the world's tallest skyscraper (1,454 feet) until the early 1970's, sits just south of Central Park.