New York City’s Department of Records took its enormous collection of vintage photos of the city — 870,000 and counting — and put it online this month.
Visitors to the department’s website can now see what NYC’s boroughs used to look like, reaching as far back as the 1890s.
The following photos from the collection show city landmarks, development, and civic life.
The construction of Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park with Hell Gate Bridge in the background, June 9, 1927.
Sanitation Commissioner Paul Screvane and model demonstrating a campaign for a cleaner city, May 5, 1960.
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