Historic Photos of New York City

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New York City Municipal Archives  released over 870,000 photos from its collection. All of them you can see on New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and many more.

New York 012A two-horse team street cleaner, with sprayer, squeegee, and roller at rear.

New York 013An experimental exposure made on the Queensboro Bridge, on February 9, 1910.

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View of midtown from Chanin Building, NY Central Building right, RCA Building left, in December of 1937. 

New York 015Italian vegetable sidewalk stand, on Bleeker Street, near Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, in August of 1937.

New York 016Lower Manhattan skyline at night, seen from either the Staten Island Ferry or Governor’s Island, in February of 1938.

New York 017The Queensboro Bridge, showing reconstruction of tracks looking east, on November 22, 1929.

New York 018Times 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.

New York 019A view from the Williamsburg Bridge, looking west, showing congested traffic in Manhattan, on January 29, 1923.



New York 020Painters suspended on cables of the the Brooklyn Bridge, on October 7, 1914.

New York 021Shafts of sunlight penetrate through upper windows of the Vaulted room of Grand Central Terminal, as crowds gather near the information kiosk on the Terminal concourse, ca. 1935-1941.

New York 022A man reads a newspaper on New York’s 6th Ave. and 40th St, with the headline: “Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris.”, on May 18, 1940. 

New York 023Manhattan Bridge, under-construction, seen from the roof of Robert Gair Building, showing suspenders and saddles, on February 11, 1909.

New York 025Amid road construction, the Hudson Diner advertises “Tables for Ladies” on November 20, 1929, on Marginal Street, looking east from 125th Street.

New York 026Ninth Avenue El trains with passengers on 2 levels of tracks, 66th Street El station in background, in October of 1933. Photo taken on Columbus Avenue, northwest of Lincoln Square & 65th Street. 

New York 027A view of the city from the Brooklyn Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, on April 24, 1933.

New York 028A view of the city from the New York tower of George Washington Bridge, 168th Street & Hudson River, on December 22, 1936.

New York 029Fire Boats fight a blaze at Grace Line Pier 57, West 15th St, near the National Biscuit Co. building.

New York 030The “Well”, US Signal Corps Army Base Terminal, Port of Embarkation. Ration cases from crate cars are hoisted to warehouse bins for storage, ca. 1945-1946.

New York 031Water from firefighters’ hoses freezes on the side of adjoining buildings.

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View from Seamen’s Church Institute looking northwest, in Lower Manhattan — Coenties Slip, and the curve of the 2nd-3rd Avenues “El” structure in foreground. Photograph taken in June of 1938.

New York 03342nd Street, looking west from 2nd Avenue. Chrysler Building at top right, “News Tavern” “Goblet Bar” at lower right, ca. 1935-1941.

New York 034Brooklyn Bridge painters at work high above the city, on December 3, 1915.

New York 001Sidewalk on the Bowery on New York’s Lower East Side in this undated photo. This stretch of the Bowery was known for its jewelry shops. The Third Avenue EL is at right.

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Mr. and Mrs. Babe Ruth watch the World Series game with Kate Smith at the Polo Grounds, in September of 1936. The series matched the New York Yankees against the New York Giants, with the Yankees winning in six games.

New York 003April 24, 1951. In the background is the bridge and the view of Manhattan looking north up the Hudson River, Dancers from a New Jersey nightclub

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Aerial view of New York City, looking north, on December 16, 1951.

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Carnegie Hall, seen from 7th Avenue and 57th Street, ca. 1935-1941. 

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Shadows are cast beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from a stable roof, on May 6, 1918.

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View of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, on April 24, 1933

New York 009A worker on the Brooklyn Bridge, on November 19, 1928.

New York 010Original City Hall subway station, IRT Lexington Avenue Line, in 1904.

New York 011Fifth Avenue. looking north from 110th Street showing a movie theater, billboards, and gas station, on October 6, 1929.



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