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More Historic Photos From the NYC Municipal Archives

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One more look into the fascinating New York City Municipal Archives, and their recently-released database of over 870,000 photos throughout the 20th century, a follow-up to this earlier entry. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and more. Today's selection from this remarkable collection includes numerous street scenes that are visible today through Google Maps Street Views, and links are provided to let you see the difference the years have made. [Update - Image sizes reduced at the request of the NYC Archive.] [50 photos]

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Lower Manhattan skyline at night, seen beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn end in February of 1938. See this scene today in this Google Map street view. (E. M. Bofinger/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
Lower Manhattan skyline at night, seen beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn end in February of 1938. See this scene today in this Google Map street view. (E. M. Bofinger/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)
A blacksmith shoes a horse in the doorway of a smith shop at 33 Cornelia Street, in Greenwich Village, with two little girls looking on, in 1937. See this same storefront today in this Google Map street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Carnegie Hall, seen from 7th Avenue and 57th Street, ca. 1935-1941. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Italians playing a game of Bocce in Brooklyn in 1937. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
View of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, on April 24, 1933. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Trolley car number 311 at the car barn of the Williamsburg Bridge trolley line, photographed on March 22, 1928. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Brooklyn Central Library, main terrace and entrance, on Grand Army Plaza, on September 6, 1939. Street view. (Joseph Shelderfer/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Fifth Avenue. looking north from 110th Street showing a movie theater, billboards, and gas station, on October 6, 1929. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Vanderbilt Cup Race at Roosevelt Raceway, Long Island, in September of 1937. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
A massive "W" in the Kent Avenue yard of the Williamsburg Bridge. The 20-foot "W", part of a giant "WSS", was placed on a tower on March 20, 1918. WSS stands for "War Savings Stamps." Letters were erected on the south side of the Manhattan tower during World War I. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
View of midtown from Chanin Building, NY Central Building right, RCA Building left, in December of 1937. (Frederick W. Ritter/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Varick Street Looking north from Franklin Street, before the cobblestone was paved, on May 10, 1914. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Crime scene with onlookers leaning out of tenement windows, a man's body on the sidewalk in front of laundry and Italian pasta makers and oil and wine importers, ca. 1916-1920. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Park Avenue tunnel, looking north from Murray Hill Tunnel Station, at 38th Street, on July 17, 1923. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
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. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
The "Granite State", sunk and listing, after burning at her pier in the Hudson River on May 23, 1921. The Granite State was formerly the USS New Hampshire, built in 1825, launched in 1864, and served as part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in the Civil War. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
View from the roof of a shanty looking East, showing 3:50 PM congestion on the South footwalk of the Queensboro Bridge, on April 11, 1909. The bridge opened to traffic on March 30, 1909. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Play Street Detour sign stands in front of boys playing stickball, ca. 1916-1920. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
A view of bustling port area on West Street, ca. 1900. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Part of a stitched-together panorama, composed of 9 photos taken of the East side of the wide West Street, from Rector Street to Morris St, in the 1940s. Be sure to view the full-size 5424-pixel-wide version. The odd overlaps in the stitching are due to the changes in perspective as the photographer moved down the street to take each shot. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
A man in a diving suit, about to descend, ca. 1910. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
A chain-driven Mack truck belonging to the Street Cleaning Department, at 19th Street East, on August 4, 1920. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
A 20-inch Discharge pipe, near the foot of West 8th Street, Coney Island, on September 1, 1922. (Edward E. Rutter/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Shafts 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. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
74th - 78th Street Cable Car tracks, looking southwest from 1460 2nd Avenue, on March 27, 1931. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Firefighters at work, as a steam pumper is hooked to a hydrant and two motorized hose tenders. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Interior view of Brooklyn Bridge station, on April 6, 1907. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Nassau Street, looking south from Fulton Street, on March 3, 1926. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Avenue C, looking north from 6th Street. Shops, dentists' and oculist's signs on display, on November 6, 1926. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
An overturned car, near the 145th Street Bridge ramp at Lenox Avenue, on July 10, 1917 (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
View of the Cathedral Of Saint John the Divine and other buildings in the "close", ca. 1935-1941. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
The overflowing wrecking yard of Academy Auto Wreckers, seen on November 4, 1963. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Tall-masted ships beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1903. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Children play in the street on a snowy day, 50th Street near 4th Avenue, on February 19, 1924. (Edward E. Rutter/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Park Avenue, looking northwest from 47th Street, in 1921. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
34th Street Looking east from Third Avenue, beneath the curved El station, on May 16, 1931. Present day street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
The interior of a trolley car after an accident on the Williamsburg Bridge, on August 16, 1926. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Approach to the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from atop the bridge, on June 29, 1909. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Roller coaster and Boardwalk, Coney Island. View up West 10th Street, looking from the Boardwalk to Surf Avenue, on December 19, 1922. The old ride is gone, but a new one stands in its place, visible in this street view. (Edward E. Rutter/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Load station entrance for the New York Times, 225 West 43rd Street, with newspaper delivery chutes visible inside, and lighted windows of editorial rooms 3rd floor, on December 11, 1937. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Seventh Avenue, looking north from 33rd Street. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Manhattan Bridge nearing completion, viewed from Pier 33, East River looking South, on April 7, 1909. (Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Police officer carries unconscious child, believed to be a contagious case, to an awaiting ambulance, ca. 1910-1920. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Lower Manhattan, seen from East River docks in November of 1937 (E.M. Bofinger/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Twelfth Avenue Looking south from 134th Street, under viaduct, on October 6, 1929. Present day street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
116th Street, looking west from east of Third Avenue. "Ride On the Open Air Elevated", written on the side of the El station, as a trolley approaches, on October 8, 1925. Present day street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
Park Avenue Looking north from West roadway of 34th Street, on July 17, 1923. Street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
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. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
First (oldest) Jewish Cemetery in Manhattan, Chatham Square. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #
The shadow of the photographer and camera appear on Jamaica Avenue East, Queens, between Hollis Court Boulevard and 212th Street, on October 26, 1928. Present day street view. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives) #

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