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Virtual Map of Old NYC #ThrowbackThursday

Every Thursday we love to share with our residents a weekly throwback picture of StuyTown and our surrounding city for #ThrowbackThursday. We have a great collection of photos in our archives dating back since before our community was built in 1947.

However, we just got trumped. This week website that has an interactive viritual map of NYC was introduced, letting visitors pick exactly whatever corner they want in Manhattan and get a glimpse of it throughout time.

The images, more than 35,000 of them, were pulled from the Library’s Milstein Division. Dan Vanderkam, a software engineer and Matt Knutzen, Map Curator at the New York Public library, are two of the main brains behind this massive undertaking. Knutzen had already started to clean up the special indexing for thousands of photos at the library, his only guide being the original typewritten notes on the back of each photo.

Check out the website here so you can see for yourself how awesome this new website is!