Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City
By Associated Press
PUBLISHED: 08:31 EST, 24 April 2012 | UPDATED: 14:55 EST, 24 April 2012
Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet.
The city's Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database.
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.
Always moving: Workers dig in Delancy Street on New York's Lower East Side in this photo dated July 29, 1908. The historical pictures released online for the first time show New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
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