Historical Photos of New York
The Grand Central Terminal
The main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, in New York, is seen from the Campbell apartment in this 1937 photo. The posh apartment, in one of America’s grandest train stations, was the playground of financier John Campbell in the roaring 1920.
Unfinished Manhattan Bridge
Genesis of a icon: In this June 5, 1908 photo, the Manhattan Bridge is less than a shell, seen from Washington Street. It wouldn’t be opened for another 18 months and wouldn’t be completed for another four years.
The Triborough Bridge
In 1936, the Triborough Bridge, which links Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, was not yet complete. The Hells Gate Railroad Bridge looms in the distance.
Dead Men Tell No Tales — Literally
When the New York Times wrote about elevator operator Robert Green, left, and Jacob Jagendorf, a building engineer, right, it reported that their bodies found lying at the bottom of an elevator shaft November 24, 1915, told the story of the pair’s failed robbery attempt.
Lucky Luciano’s Mugshot
This is the original April 18, 1936 booking photo for Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano. Luciano is considered the father of organized crime in New York and was the first to divide the city sections controlled by five mob families.
A Moment in History Captured in Photo
The headline of the newspaper the man in this May 18, 1940 photo reads: ‘Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris.’ This picture shows the corner of Sixth Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan.
In this circa 1890 photo, a pair of girls walk east along 42nd Street. 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.
Building Roads in NYC
Workers lay bricks to pave 28th Street in Manhattan on October 2, 1930.
The Astoria Public Pool
New Yorkers cool off in the Astoria public pool with the Hell Gate railroad bridge looming in the background in the summer of 1940.
Painters at the Brooklyn Bridge
A bridge too far? Painters hang from suspended wires on the Brooklyn Bridge October 7, 1914 — 31 years after it first opened
Third Avenue’s Elevated Train
The Third Avenue elevated train rumbles across lower Manhattan in this undated photo. City Hall can be seen in the background.
Workers at Delancy Street
Always moving: Workers dig in Delancy Street on New York’s Lower East Side in this photo dated July 29, 1908. The historical pictures released online for the first time show New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Waiting on the Line
This is how it was to stand in line for bread during the Great Depression.
New York from New Jersey
A man peers across the Hudson River into Manhattan from his perch on the George Washington Bridge on December 22, 1936.
The Gaspare Candella Crime Scene
A detective took this crime scene photo in 1918 after children found the body of Gaspare Candella stuffed in a drum and dumped in a field in Brooklyn, New York.
It’s a Hard-Knock Life
An unemployed man in an old coat lays on a pier in the New York City docks during the Great Depression, 1935.
The Great Bambino
In this September 30, 1936, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writerís Project, photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man hands a program to baseball legend Babe Ruth, center, as he is joined by his second wife Clare, center left, and singer Kate Smith, front left, in the grandstand during Game One of the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York.
The Busy Streets
Men and women stroll a row of jewelry shops on the Lower East Side.
172 Norfolk St.
This circa 1983-1988 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives shows 172 Norfolk Street, which is now the Angel Orensanz Foundation, in New York.