The New York Public Library today unveiled OldNYC.org, an interactive map that brings its digitized collection of vintage photos to life by street/avenue/neighborhoods.
This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL's incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day.
And, if you're lucky, maybe you'll even discover something about New York's rich past that you never knew before!
Where did these images come from?
The images all come from the New York Public Library's Milstein Collection. While many photographers contributed to the collection, the majority of its images are the work of Percy Loomis Sperr, who documented changes to the city from the late 1920s to the early 1940s.
We clicked on Avenue A and East 10th Street...
... and found this shot (and more) from 1934...
Enjoy your Memorial Weekend. (And if you don't like historical photos, then....)