Over 200 examples of the best color photography of NYC from the last century, from an open air market on Mulberry Street in 1900 to current day commuters on the LIRR, are feature in New York in Color, a cool new book from Abrams.

Author Bob Shamis assembled the images from the likes of André Kertész, William Klein, Helen Levitt and Joel Meyerowitz, much of it unknown, reproduced in XL format.

Over 200 examples of the best color photography of NYC from the last century

Above is Erwin Blumenfeld’s Times Square taken in 1955.

Most of the people appearing it its pages are also unknown though there are cameos by the likes of Bob Dylan and dapper author / Gilt MANual correspondent Gay Talese (below).

In the city a “hazy light of mist, smoke, or urban smog interacting with electric light or neon signs,” Shamis writes, “creat[es] a vista that can appear soothing and sensual or sinister and foreboding.”

Or all four….

Click to enlarge; © Richard Renaldi, courtesy Abrams

Click to enlarge; top image © Lisette Blumenfeld Georges / Courtesy Abrams