History On Your Google Streetview

Screenshot of New-York Historical Society on Historypin

Ever wonder what your neighborhood looked like 200 years ago? Wish you could see what historical events happened in your backyard? Well, Historypin is here to help. The website allows museums, historical and cultural organizations, libraries, and everyday people to tag images to a Google map, enabling visitors to “tour” the world through old photographs.

The New-York Historical Society’s Summer 2012 Teen Leaders created a channel for our organization, with about 80 photographs featuring Central Park, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Governors Island, and even the New-York Historical Society itself. Most of the photographs show the city during WWII, with WAVES training in the Bronx and ships docking at our harbors. You can even see the historic photograph up against the current view of that particular location, for a side-by-side comparison. And there’s more to come!

So, tour this history of the city, and tell us, what NYC photos would you like to see?



  1. Elmer Horne says

    In 1944, my Army unit departed for Liverpool from Pier 97, a New York Port of Embarkation facility. Would much appreciate any pix/information you have of the site then and later.

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