New York city and its gritty past

Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public on the internet on 2012. 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.

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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.
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Painters hang from suspended wires on the Brooklyn Bridge October 7, 1914 — 31 years after it first opened

 

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The view from New Jersey: A man peers across the Hudson River into Manhattan from his perch on the George Washington Bridge on December 22, 1936
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Notorious: This is the original April 18, 1936 booking photo for Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano. Luciano is considered the father of organised crime in New York and was the first to divide the city sections controlled by five mob families.

 

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Dead men can tell tales: 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
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