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New York City has a hundred stories in every block and thousands of tales within each borough. Some of these stories can be told simply by looking closely at the built environment and this digital collection from the New York Public Library strives to do just that. The offerings in this collection include views of Washington Irving's home in the 1860s, street views by noted photographer Alice Austen from 1986, and a panorama of Fifth Avenue as it appeared in 1911. The works by Percy Loomis from 1931 to 1942 are particularly wonderful as they document the boroughs during the Great Depression. Other mentionable items include the vast collection of photographs and stills documenting Fifth Avenue as it transitioned into a fashionable boulevard of grand mansions, elite shops, and wide street vistas.
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