About New York Art
New York was founded in 1624 by the Dutch, who named it New Amsterdam. Forty years later, the British renamed it New York, after the land was given to the Duke of York, who went on to be King James II. Today, New York is a cosmopolitan city on the eastern seaboard of the United States, sited on the Hudson River and famous for its Manhattan skyline, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Part of the State of New York, the city consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx. The New York Central Park was copied from Joseph Paxton's design of Birkenhead Park in England, which opened in 1847, and today offers New Yorkers a welcome respite from the bustle of the huge city.
The skyscrapers of New York are amongst some of the tallest buildings in the world. Photographs of their construction became iconic symbols often copied onto posters and canvas, including the famous line of workmen astride a suspended girder, casually enjoying a break and oblivious of the extreme drop below them. The attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in 2001 immediately changed the New York skyline, and pictures of the skyline pre-2001 are popular items, together with city views, such as Time Square and Wall Street.
New York often features in casual clothing, especially baseball caps with NYC letters intertwined. Other clothing items include vests, T shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with New York images and lettering.