Take A Tour Of New York City In The 1800s With Google Street View

A developer used 80,000 photos to create the time-traveling project

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Clicking on one of the hundreds of points on the Old NYC map can reveal dozens of old photographs from that area.OldNYC

History geeks and time-travelers from the 1800s, get ready to have your days made: Old NYC combines Google Maps with photographs from the New York Public Library to create a timewarped version of Street View.

Developer Dan Vanderkam compiled over 80,000 photos from the NYPL's "Photographic views of New York City, 1870s-1970s" collection and plotted them, using geocoding, to their corresponding origins on an interactive map of the five boroughs.

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The creators of the interactive map say its goal is "to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day."Screen shot by the author
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The Brooklyn Bridge is one of hundreds of spots on the Old NYC mapNYPL