These 60 Stunning Vintage Photos Show Just How Much New York City Has Changed

In less than a century, NYC has transformed from a humble melting pot to a towering metropolis at the center of the world. These incredible photographs showcase how it came to be…

Lady Liberty being assembled in Paris in 1885

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Children, adults, and a herd of sheep visit Central Park ca. 1900

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A pyramid of German army helmets outside Grand Central Terminal during World War One

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The New York Fire Department shows off its new steam powered fire engine

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A Brooklyn Hooverville in Red Hook Park during the Great Depression

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42nd St. with the Chrysler Building in the top right ca. 1935

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A man looks over the Hudson from the George Washington bridge, 1936

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A skyjector shines an eye on the side of a building, 1960

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Over 10,000 young couples gather in Central Park for an Easter Love-in, 1961

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A window cleaner at work on the RCA Building, 1961

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A lifeguard in Steeplechase Park, Coney Island, 1961

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The 3,000 builders of the Chase Manhattan Bank as they near the end of construction, 1964

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Judy Collins plays to a crowd at the Schaefer Bandstand in Central Park, 1973

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