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Photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City

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.


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Hurricane Sandy

“A survey of chaos and perfection on the East Coast”

A rogue surge blasts over the boardwalk at The Wall in New Hampshire, where Hurricane Sandy continues to create dangerous water and weather conditions. More important than any wave ridden during the hurricane is the destruction that it caused and the need for relief effort. To find out how you can help, click here. Photo: Nevins