Thousands of Old Photographs Create a Google Street View Map of 19th-century New York City

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When I found this I thought to myself… dang this is really cool! This is how creative people can be when they figure out how to use technology to do really fun/cool/creative stuff!

This guy used over 80,000 old photographs to create a Google Street View map of New York City in the 1800s

Via Business Insider:

New York City has a long and sprawling history, but looking at the city today, it's hard to tell what it looked like in the past. Luckily, an enterprising coder has solved that problem by creating a Google Street View map for New York City for the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Developer Dan Vanderkam collaborated with the New York Public Library to plot all the old photos from the Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection on an interactive map.

The project, called OldNYC, lets you browse 19th-century New York as easily as you would click around on Google Maps. The collection contains over 80,000 original photographs.

Visit the OldNYC site here, or look below for some of the best photos we saw from the late 1800s and early 1900s, marked with their locations in the city.

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1910 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1910 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Queensboro Bridge Connection, 1917 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Queensboro Bridge Connection, 1917 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1912 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 1912 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Central Park, showing the pond at 110th Street and the Botanical Gardens, 1906 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

Central Park, showing the pond at 110th Street and the Botanical Gardens, 1906 | Photo Credit: The New York Public Library

See full list of images at Business Insider “This guy used over 80,000 old photographs to create a Google Street View map of New York City in the 1800s”

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