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. I spent hours lost in these amazing photos, and gathered this group together to give you just a glimpse of what's been made available from this remarkable collection.
1. 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.
2. Aerial view of New York City, looking north, on December 16, 1951.
3. 28th Street Looking east from Second Avenue, on April 4, 1931.
4. Meeker Avenue Bridge under construction, looking south, showing Brooklyn approach, on June 29, 1939.
5. Shadows are cast beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from a stable roof, on May 6, 1918.
6. A worker on the Brooklyn Bridge, on November 19, 1928.
7. Markus Mercury Wheel Club, Flushing Race Track, bicyclists ready to race in June of 1894.
8. Original City Hall subway station, IRT Lexington Avenue Line, in 1904.
9. Coney Island looking east from Steeplechase Pier showing Sunday bathers, crowd on beach, on July 30, 1922.
10. A two-horse team street cleaner, with sprayer, squeegee, and roller at rear.
11. An experimental exposure made on the Queensboro Bridge, on February 9, 1910.
12. Italian vegetable sidewalk stand, on Bleeker Street, near Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, in August of 1937.
13. Lower Manhattan skyline at night, seen from either the Staten Island Ferry or Governor's Island, in February of 1938.
14. Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, West 81st St, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.
15. Red Hook Swimming Pool, Clinton, Bay & Henry Streets, Brooklyn. Bathers as far as the eye can see.
16. Queensboro Bridge under construction, on August 8, 1907.
17. The Queensboro Bridge, showing reconstruction of tracks looking east, on November 22, 1929.
18. A one-legged newspaper boy and other "newsies", on Delancey Street, on December 26, 1906.
19. New York Police Department evidence photo, homicide scene. Jos Kellner, 404 East 54th Street, murdered in hallway, on January 7, 1916.
20. Powell House at 195th Street and 58th Avenue North, Queens, on May 20, 1941.
21. 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.
22. An aerial view of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, on January 27, 1965.
23. A view from the Williamsburg Bridge, looking west, showing congested traffic in Manhattan, on January 29, 1923.
24. Painters suspended on cables of the the Brooklyn Bridge, on October 7, 1914.
25. A Hooverville in Brooklyn, ca. 1930-1932. The area is now Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.
26. New York Police Department Evidence photo. Homicide victim - overhead view, ca. 1916-1920. At the corners, note the legs of the tripod supporting the camera above the body.
27. A Subway Road Comes up for air in Brooklyn, in background, a view of Manhattan from subway elevated tracks, 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York, on March 21, 1938.
28. Yankee Stadium, Yankees on the field during a game, ca. 1935-1947.
29. A 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.
30. New York Fire Department demonstration of a steam pumper converted from horse-drawn to motor-driven, at 12th Avenue and 56th Street.
31. Men cut ice from Kissena Lake in Queens, ca. 1860-1900.
32. Children and adults with herd of sheep in the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, New York City, ca. 1900-1910.
33. Part of the superstructure of the under-construction Manhattan Bridge rises above Washington Street in New York, on June 5, 1908.
34. Manhattan Bridge, under-construction, seen from the roof of Robert Gair Building, showing suspenders and saddles, on February 11, 1909.
35. Aboard a police boat on October 10, 1934, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia hacks away at confiscated slot machines about to be destroyed and dumped into New York harbor.
36. A view down an alley, as rows and rows of laundry hang from tenements ca. 1935-1941. Seen looking west from 70 Columbus Avenue or Amsterdam Avenue at 63nd Street.
37. A crowded street market under New York City Rail Road tracks, looking south on Park Avenue from 123rd Street in June of 1932.
38. A night view of Midtown Manhattan, looking south from Madison Avenue and the 50's, ca. 1935-1941.
39. Amid road construction, the Hudson Diner advertises "Tables for Ladies" on November 20, 1929, on Marginal Street, looking east from 125th Street.