Amazing historical New York City Images!
Take a break from finals and explore historical New York City.
This ever-expanding gallery is your entry point into the vast visual holdings of the New York City Municipal Archives. The Online Gallery provides free and open research access to over 870,000 items digitized from the Municipal Archives’ collections, including photographs, maps, motion-pictures and audio recordings from the 19th and 20th century. The Archives’ collection has over 2.2 million images so check back often as more are added on a regular basis.
The holdings are arranged by collection; or you may search “All Collections” by keyword or any of the advanced search criteria. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and more.
Image captions, left to right: 1. Brooklyn Bridge painters at work high above the city, on December 3, 1915. 2. Sunlight floods in through windows in the vaulted main room of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, illuminating the main concourse, ticket windows and information kiosk. Photo taken ca. 1935-1941. 3. Manhattan Bridge, under-construction, seen from the roof of Robert Gair Building, showing suspenders and saddles, on February 11, 1909.