The history of New York, like the history of any real city, is one of constant building and rebuilding. For new things to rise, old things often have to go. Which is why Danny Lyon's book "The Destruction of Lower Manhattan," which chronicles the area that would become the World Trade Center, can be so moving. Shot in 1966 and published in book form in 1969, Lyon photographed nearly every building that was to be replaced by the coming Center. The book was reissued a few months ago, some images are in today's Times, and you can see the rest at the Museum of the City of New York until September 18.
Photograph of 327, 329 and 331 Washington Street by Danny Lyon