Erika Owen
Updated January 24, 2017

The New York Public Library has put together an interactive map compiling archival shots of locations all around New York City. The website, Old NYC, only covers The Big Apple—so zooming all the way out will do nothing aside from a visualization of the density of their collections. Photos of Brooklyn feature dusty brick homes and quiet streets, but throwback Manhattan sets a scene of hustling crowds shadowed by giant advertisements. Clicking on an individual photo will pull you to the Library's website from more information on the location. Some shots date all the way back to the 1870s, while the more recent images are from the 1970s.

Pro tip for locals: Look up your address for some new perspective on your neighborhood. Head over to the Old NYC website and start exploring.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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