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New Mapped Historic Photo Archive Shows Off NYC's Past

If the wealth of mapped historic photographs of New York City already out there just isn't enough, behold: a new archive to turn to. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) has mapped nearly 300 images from the nine collections donated to its archive since 1996 (h/t Untapped Cities). The images range from drawings of lost 19th century buildings to a photograph of the last car passing through Washington Square Park. Still wanting more? Check out the NYC Time Machine or the Railfan Atlas.

Though the Greenwih Village Society for Historic Preservation doesn't seem like a likely hoarder of historic images from the city over given their neighborhood-specific name, GVSHP told Untapped Cities that they represent "the history of the people and built environment of Greenwich Village and surrounding areas." At that, the mapped images span three boroughs.

Other cool images in the collection include the old Gansevoort Market, the old elevated train line along Ninth Avenue, and an undated photo of 14th Street with streetcars. Icons on the map indicate whether you are selecting a photo, drawing, or a portrait of a person.

—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
· Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Image Archive Expanded [Official]
· Fun Maps: Greenwich Village Society Historic Photo Archive Covers Three NYC Boroughs [Untapped Cities]