Rare, historic photos of New York City

Never-before-seen photos of New York. Over 870,000 photos from the city's Municipal Archives- a collection that exceeds 2.2 million images- scanned and made available online, give a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in NYC.

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In this circa 1890 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a pair of girls walk east along 42nd Street in New York. Acker, Merrall and Condit wine shop delivery wagons are on the right and the C.C. Shayne Furrier sign can be seen on the roof overhead. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, DeGregario Collection (New York Camera Club)) MANDATORY CREDIT

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In this July 29, 1908 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, workers dig in the street along the sidewalk on the north side of Delancey Street in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of this rich collection that documents New York City life. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac) MANDATORY CREDIT

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In this June 5, 1908 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, the superstructure from the Manhattan Bridge rises above Washington Street in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac) MANDATORY CREDIT

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In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac) MANDATORY CREDIT

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In this Dec. 22, 1936, Works Progress Administration photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man looks at the Hudson River from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents New York City life. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project, Jack Rosenzwieg) MANDATORY

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Sunlight steams through the dome windows striking the floor of the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in 1937. (AP Photo/Municipal Archives of the City of New York)

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A long line of jobless and homeless men wait outside to get free dinner at New York's municipal lodging house in the winter of 1932-33 during the Great Depression. (AP Photo)

Gaspare Candella

In this 1918 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, police work a homicide after children found the body of Gaspare Candella stuffed in a burlap covered drum out in the middle of a Brooklyn, N.Y. field. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life and sometimes death in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, NYPD Evidence Collection, Detective Charles A. Carlstrom) MANDATORY CREDIT

Robert Green, Jacob Jagendorf

In this Nov 24, 1915 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, the bodies of elevator operator Robert Green, left and Jacob Jagendorf, a building engineer, lie at the bottom of an elevator shaft in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents life and sometimes death in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, NYPD Evidence Collection) MANDATORY CREDIT

Charles "Lucky" Luciano

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In this Oct. 2, 1930 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, workers assemble bricks to build the roadway on 28th Street in New York. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of this rich collection that documents life in New York City. (AP Photo/New York City Municipal Archives, Borough President Manhattan) MANDATORY CREDIT

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Associated Press Domestic News New York United States TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE

This is a photo of the soon to be complete Triborough Bridge taken from the Queens side of New York City on July 7, 1936. The bridge links Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Hells Gate Railroad Bridge is in background. (AP Photo/Rudy Arnold)

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The Triborough Bridge, which links Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, formally opens as U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, dignitaries and State Troopers cross the bridge for the first time in New York City on July 11, 1936. (AP Photo)

ASTORIA POOL

New Yorkers, summer 1940 vintage, cool off in the Astoria public pool with the Hell Gate railroad bridge looming in the background. This photo is among the 800 images in ``New York: An Illustrated History of the People'' (Norton) by Allon Schoener. (AP Photo/Municipal Archives, City of New York)

Claire Ruth; Babe Ruth; Kate Smith

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After hours of indoor practice, dancers from a New Jersey nightclub come outdoors to carry on their rehearsal in the spring air on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, April 24, 1951. In the background is the bridge and the view of Manhattan looking north up the Hudson River, as they go through their routine on the Palisades Cliffs adjacent to the club, Bill Miller’s Rendezvous, in preparation for the opening next month. (AP Photo/Robert Kradin)

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Shoppers and merchants crowd the sidewalk on the Bowery on New York's Lower East Side in this undated photo. This stretch of the Bowery was known for its jewelry shops. The Third Avenue EL is at right. (AP Photo/Bob Kradin)