The Municipal Archives holds a collection of about 2.2 million NYC historical photos of which 870, 000 have been released to the public, unveiling the monumental city in all its glory.
With the sheer number of snapshots released, it is possible grasp an accurate impression of the Big Apple from the 20th century. The grainy black and white quality definitely add to the experience, heightening whatever sense of culture and nostalgia a viewer may experience. The life, fashion, sporting events and iconic city structures, like the Meeker Avenue Bridge during construction, the original City Hall subway station, a considerably shorter and more narrow skyline, are captured.
Prestigious magazine, 'The Atlantic', has compiled a small but stunning collection of photographs that can be viewed in large at http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/04/historic-photos-from-the-nyc-municipal-archives/100286/.
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