NYC Municipal Archives

The city has released over 870,000 historic images and made them available online.

New York City's Municipal Archives just released over 870,000 images from its photographic collection. The incredible collection amounts to a visual coming-of-age story, documenting its maturation into one of the world's most influential cities.

Over at TheAtlantic.com, Alan Taylor has done his usual brilliant work and sifted through them for us, coming up with 53 can't-miss images of early and mid-20th century New York. 

As of publication, online demand for the image archives is so heavy that the city's site is currently down for maintenance. Taylor's findings suggest it's well worth checking back later. 

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