25 Vintage Photos of NYC

25 Vintage Photos of NYC


Thanks to the massive and generous image database that the New York Public Library has made public, we can take a look at New York City in photographs going back well over a century.

For throwback Thursdays and Flashback Fridays, here’s 25 images of New York City (yes, that includes, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.)

 

The Bronx

Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. "Bronx: Westchester Square - Fink Avenue" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1913.

65-67 Westchester Square in 1913/NYPL Digital Collections

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Pelham Parkway North at Wallace Avenue in 1913/NYPL Digital Collections

Pelham Parkway North at Wallace Avenue in 1913/NYPL Digital Collections

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857 Prospect Avenue, the old Franklin Vaudeville Theater in 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

857 Prospect Avenue, the old Franklin Vaudeville Theater in 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

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Hermeny Avenue between Havemeyer and Zerega Avenue (northside facing East) circa 1927/NYPL DIgital Collections

Hermeny Avenue between Havemeyer and Zerega Avenue (northside facing East) circa 1927/NYPL DIgital Collections

 

 

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1044-1080 Findlay Avenue between 165th and 166th Streets in 1916/NYPL Digital Collections

1044-1080 Findlay Avenue between 165th and 166th Streets in 1916/NYPL Digital Collections (Note: Building to the right is now a parking lot)

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Brooklyn

Old PS 56 on Bushwick and Madison Avenues in 1931/NYPL Digital Collections

Old PS 56 on Bushwick and Madison Avenues in 1931/NYPL Digital Collections

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222 Columbia Heights, in Brooklyn Heights. This grand home was replaced by this ugly monstrosity below/NYPL Digital Collections

222 Columbia Heights, in Brooklyn Heights. This grand home was replaced by this ugly monstrosity below/NYPL Digital Collections

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Grant Square looking north from Bergen Street in 1906/NYPL Digital Archives

Grant Square looking north from Bergen Street in 1906/NYPL Digital Archives

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Main and Font Streets facing Brooklyn Bridge in 1926/NYPL Digital Collections

Main and Font Streets facing Brooklyn Bridge in 1926/NYPL Digital Collections

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Utica Ave facing south towards Kings HIghway in 1930/NYPL Digital Collections

Utica Ave facing south towards Kings HIghway in 1930/NYPL Digital Collections

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Manhattan

E 20th facing 1st Avenue with the elevated 2nd Ave Line running along 1st Ave which made a turn on 23rd St and then back up 2nd Avenue. In the distance where the giant tank is seen is the site of the future Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

E 20th facing 1st Avenue with the elevated 2nd Ave Line running along 1st Ave which made a turn on 23rd St and then back up 2nd Avenue. In the distance where the giant tank is seen is the site of the future Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

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Old Masonic Temple built in 1875 (photo taken 1875) at the Northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 23rd Street and later replaced with the newer tower below in 1911/NYPL Digital Collections

Old Masonic Temple built in 1875 at the Northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 23rd Street and later replaced with the newer tower below in 1911/NYPL Digital Collections

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125th Street facing North on 7th Ave aka MLK Blvd in 1934/NYPL Digital Collections

125th Street facing North on 7th Ave aka MLK Blvd in 1934/NYPL Digital Collections

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42nd between 5th and 6th facing 6th Ave and the old 6th Ave El in 1889/NYPL Digital Collections

42nd between 5th and 6th facing 6th Ave and the old 6th Ave El in 1889/NYPL Digital Collections

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Christopher Street facing 6th Avenue from 7th Ave. in the distance you can see the 6th Ave El circa 1928/NYPL Digital Collections

Christopher Street facing 6th Avenue from 7th Ave. in the distance you can see the 6th Ave El circa 1928/NYPL Digital Collections

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Queens

Jackson Heights, 32nd Avenue at 87th Street circa 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

Jackson Heights, 32nd Avenue at 87th Street circa 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

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Queens Boulevard at Simonson Street in Elmhurst in 1930/NYPL Digital Collections

Queens Boulevard at Simonson Street in Elmhurst in 1930/NYPL Digital Collections

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Bayside, Little Neck Road at Nassau Boulevard just near the Nassau/Queens County Line/NYPL Digital Collections

Bayside, Little Neck Road at Nassau Boulevard just near the Nassau/Queens County Line/NYPL Digital Collections

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215th Place at Spencer Avenue in Queens Village in 1927 as "Jamaica Hillside" development was going up/NYPL Digital Collections

215th Place at Spencer Avenue in Queens Village in 1927 as “Jamaica Hillside” development was going up/NYPL Digital Collections

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Queens Boulevard at 55th Rd in Elmhurst circa 1920/NYPL Digital Collections

Queens Boulevard at 55th Rd in Elmhurst circa 1920/NYPL Digital Collections

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Staten Island

Castleton Avenue at Caroline Street in West Brighton circa 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

Castleton Avenue at Caroline Street in West Brighton circa 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

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Conference House on Satterlee and Hyland Blvd built in 1680 still stands today. Image taken in 1967/NYPL Digital Collections

Conference House on Satterlee and Hyland Blvd built in 1680 still stands today. Image taken in 1967/NYPL Digital Collections

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St Marks Place in St George in 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

St Marks Place in St George in 1927/NYPL Digital Collections

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Staten Island Vocational School aka Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical HS in the 1930s/NYPL Digital Collections

Staten Island Vocational School aka Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical HS in the 1930s/NYPL Digital Collections

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Willowbrook Road facing South from Victory Boulevard in 1910/NYPL Digital Collections

Willowbrook Road facing South from Victory Boulevard in 1910/NYPL Digital Collections

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