.Hanging out on Brooklyn Bridge,  1914

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. 

 Grand Central Terminal, NYC 1930's

 Brooklyn Bridge, New York, May 6, 1918.

 Impaired newspaper boy on Delancey Street, December 26, 1906

 Laundry ca. 1935-1941

 Manhattan Bridge, February 11, 1909

 New York's 6th Ave & 40th St, Note the newpaper headline - Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris, May 18, 1940.

 View from Williamsburg Bridge, showing congested traffic in Manhattan, on January 29, 1923 

Vintage NYC Street Cleaner

 28th Street Looking east from Second Avenue, on April 4, 1931

 A Hooverville in Brooklyn, ca. 1930-1932. The area is now Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.

 Jewish heritage on Delancey, on July 29th, 1908 

The body of Gaspere Candella stuffed in a covered drum discoverd by children
 in Brooklyn, 1918

 Police booking photo of Charles 'Lucky' Luciano taken on April 18, 1936

 Queensboro Bridge under construction, on August 8, 1907

 Brooklyn Bridge painters at work high above the city, on December 3, 1915

 A worker on the Brooklyn Bridge, on November 19, 1928

 View of the city from the New York tower of George Washington Bridge, 
on December 22, 1936, 

(Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

A great contributor to the archive was  Eugene de Salignac, who was the official photographer for the Department of Bridges, Plants & Structures from 1906 – 1934.

Bless & Progress 
// Peshi


jerryjuliano sa...

Amazing, time bound in one sense, timeless in another. Captivating

Anonym sa...

History. Ain't nothing like it.

horsewag sa...

Some of the best photos I've ever seen. Please do this again.