New York, New York! Historic Photos From the NYC Municipal Archives

The New York City Municipal Archives just released a database of over 870,000 photos from its collection of more than 2.2 million images of New York throughout the 20th century. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and more. Visit the selection below, or see 53 photos. Found at The Atlantic.


Sunlight floods in through windows in the vaulted main room of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, illuminating the main concourse, ticket windows and information kiosk. Photo taken ca. 1935-1941. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Aerial view of New York City, looking north, on December 16, 1951. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
28th Street Looking east from Second Avenue, on April 4, 1931. Google map streetview today here. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Meeker Avenue Bridge under construction, looking south, showing Brooklyn approach, on June 29, 1939(Joseph Shelderfer/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Shadows are cast beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from a stable roof, on May 6, 1918.(Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
A worker on the Brooklyn Bridge, on November 19, 1928. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Markus Mercury Wheel Club, Flushing Race Track, bicyclists ready to race in June of 1894. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Original City Hall subway station, IRT Lexington Avenue Line, in 1904. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Coney Island looking east from Steeplechase Pier showing Sunday bathers, crowd on beach, on July 30, 1922.(Rutter, Edward E./Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
A two-horse team street cleaner, with sprayer, squeegee, and roller at rear. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
An experimental exposure made on the Queensboro Bridge, on February 9, 1910.(Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Italian vegetable sidewalk stand, on Bleeker Street, near Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, in August of 1937.(Bofinger, E.M./Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Lower Manhattan skyline at night, seen from either the Staten Island Ferry or Governor’s Island, in February of 1938.(Bofinger, E. M./Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, West 81st St, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.(Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Red Hook Swimming Pool, Clinton, Bay & Henry Streets, Brooklyn. Bathers as far as the eye can see.(Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Queensboro Bridge under construction, on August 8, 1907. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
The Queensboro Bridge, showing reconstruction of tracks looking east, on November 22, 1929.(Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
A one-legged newspaper boy and other “newsies”, on Delancey Street, on December 26, 1906.(Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
New York Police Department evidence photo, homicide scene. Jos Kellner, 404 East 54th Street, murdered in hallway, on January 7, 1916. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Powell House at 195th Street and 58th Avenue North, Queens, on May 20, 1941 (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Times Square theaters by day, in New York City. The Times Building, Loew’s Theatre, Hotel Astor, Gaiety Theatre and other landmarks are featured in this January, 1938 photo. (Bofinger, E.M./Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives
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