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Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City
ap/daily mail ^ | april 24, 2012

Posted on 04/27/2012 1:25:02 PM PDT by lowbridge

Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.

The city's Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database.

Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight --from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; newyork; newyorkcity; ny; photos; piclesspicthread; sidewalksofnewyork

1 posted on 04/27/2012 1:25:13 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

They still have the same old grit!


2 posted on 04/27/2012 1:27:05 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: lowbridge

No free food, free housing, free medical care, free cell phones and free laptops for those folks.

Work or starve.


3 posted on 04/27/2012 1:31:05 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Non-Holder person.)
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To: lowbridge
Lucky Luciano

Photobucket

Andrew Cuomo

Photobucket

Separated at birth?

4 posted on 04/27/2012 1:33:15 PM PDT by GnL
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To: lowbridge

Nice pics. Thanks.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 1:35:03 PM PDT by paudio (no tagline for now...)
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To: lowbridge
Great find - thanks for posting. I'm originally from NYC and my ancestors lived there from 1851 - 1965.
This photo, IIRC, shows an area in Brooklyn now (being gentrified) known as DUMBO - Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.
My great aunt lived a few streets away in 1910, in area known as Vinegar Hill.

6 posted on 04/27/2012 1:37:24 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: lowbridge

Visit: http://www.shorpy.com/
Hundreds of pictures dating from the Civil War. Many early 1900’s pictures of NYC and other cities circa 1900-1920’s on.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 1:43:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: lowbridge

PS - those supposed “never before seen” pictures are on Shorpy.com


8 posted on 04/27/2012 1:44:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: lowbridge

I had a book entitled, Letters to America. A sister in Endland coresponds with her sister in America Circa 1820.
She describes NYC as charming, friendly, and clean.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 1:52:24 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: lowbridge

I bet there is not a shred of graffiti to be found in the pics.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 1:55:21 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

Back before the collapse of civilization.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 2:04:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: lowbridge

Like a time machine.

I have many snapshots from the era in family photos, but these are large format shots taken by pros, of life at the time.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: oh8eleven

My ancestors as well ... our Patriarch was a Hessian Conscript fighting for the British... his tour of duty ended as a Prisoner in New York.. he was given the choice to return to Europe or stay ... he stayed ... and I get to speak English

TT


13 posted on 04/27/2012 2:17:35 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: lowbridge
It's not 'never before seen' but it is gritty...
14 posted on 04/27/2012 2:28:05 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: oh8eleven
This:

Reminded me instantly of this:


15 posted on 04/27/2012 2:29:08 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: lowbridge

Had to chuckle at the picture of W 40th and 6th.

The entrance to the building where I worked in the mid 60’s is mere feet from there, but it sure looked a wholebunchalot different. ;)


16 posted on 04/27/2012 2:29:43 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: lowbridge; a fool in paradise

IMPORTANT NOTE: All people in the pictures, including those unseen but present at the time inside the buildings, stores, trains and churches, are now dead.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 2:33:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: oh8eleven

My great grandparents and my grandfather lived at the other end of the Manhattan Bridge, on Catherine Street.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 2:40:51 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: lowbridge

These are wonderful!


19 posted on 04/27/2012 2:47:01 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: lowbridge

bflr


20 posted on 04/27/2012 2:48:14 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: lowbridge

bookmark


21 posted on 04/27/2012 2:49:32 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: SkyDancer
Lookin' at those old pics rang a bell....my uncle built a brick home in Mobile, Alabama about 40 years ago; when he heard about an old warehouse set for demo, he ran down and bought enough bricks to build the house - they were handmade by slaves.

I have one and a half that I codged from his spare pallet.

22 posted on 04/27/2012 2:51:47 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: lowbridge

No fat people in the pool picture in 1940....no blacks either.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 3:06:34 PM PDT by JeanLM (Obama proves melanin is not enough)
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for posting this.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 3:17:56 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: TexasTransplant
our Patriarch was a Hessian Conscript fighting for the British.
Mine escaped the potato famine in Ireland.
I thank him every day for allowing me to live my life in the greatest country in the world.
25 posted on 04/27/2012 3:23:02 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ErnBatavia

Too bad you can’t prove those bricks’ provenance. Some museum would love to have a few.


26 posted on 04/27/2012 3:24:03 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: popdonnelly
My great grandparents and my grandfather lived at the other end of the Manhattan Bridge, on Catherine Street.
If they lived there today, they'd be speaking Chinese.

27 posted on 04/27/2012 3:30:54 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Beowulf9

That’s infamous “Bandits’ Roost” photo from Jacob Riis’ “How The Other Lives.” I’ve stood on the spot it formerly occupied. I’m trying to remember where that was.


28 posted on 04/27/2012 3:42:15 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam

“That’s infamous “Bandits’ Roost” photo from Jacob Riis’ “How The Other Lives.” I’ve stood on the spot it formerly occupied. I’m trying to remember where that was.”

Five Points, NYC 1888. Doncha just love this picture, btw.

I should’ve said so before:)

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/New-York/New-York/Manhattan/blog-620336.html


29 posted on 04/27/2012 3:57:05 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: TexasTransplant
he was given the choice to return to Europe or stay ... he stayed ... and I get to speak English

I know how you feel. If it hadn't been for the revocation of the Edict Of Nantes, Catholics declaring open season on protestants, I'd be speaking French right now.

30 posted on 04/27/2012 4:23:23 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: Oratam

59 1/2 Mulberry street

http://ahistoryofnewyork.com/2011/02/bandits-roost-then-and-now/

http://newtownpentacle.com/2010/07/20/bandits-roost-2010/


31 posted on 04/27/2012 4:33:21 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: TexasTransplant
our Patriarch was a Hessian Conscript fighting for the British... his tour of duty ended as a Prisoner in New York.. he was given the choice to return to Europe or stay ... he stayed ... and I get to speak English

And best of all, you're blessed to live in the Great State of Texas!

32 posted on 04/27/2012 5:09:58 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: oh8eleven
Mine escaped the potato famine in Ireland. I thank him every day for allowing me to live my life in the greatest country in the world.

I thank my ancestors for my great fortune too, but heck, they came from Western Europe, Africa, and North America, so I's cornfused! LOL

God Bless the USA!

33 posted on 04/27/2012 5:14:57 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: EyeGuy

as scripture says.....he who does not work, does not eat...nothing wrong with hard work....


34 posted on 04/27/2012 6:17:02 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: lowbridge

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks lowbridge.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


35 posted on 04/27/2012 6:18:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Beowulf9

That photo made me think of a cops complaint about female cops, he pointed out that they look down a street, see tough men, and move on to something else rather than enter the situation, he said that after a few years of lacking that male willingness to challenge, to engage, and assert authority and power, we lose that street to the hard men.


36 posted on 04/28/2012 1:25:31 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: lowbridge

Fans of NYC might find this blog interesting:

http://www.scoutingny.com/?page_id=985


37 posted on 04/28/2012 1:38:33 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Beowulf9

Lower right - young guy looks like Leonardo Decaprio’s great grand father!


38 posted on 04/28/2012 2:15:05 AM PDT by 21twelve
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