New York City’s Vibrant History Captured In 15 Fantastic Photos

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Here are some images of the Big Apple as it used to be. They will leave you mesmerized.

Before European settlers arrived in the 16th century, Native Americans who lived in the Hudson valley and on Long Island inhabited New York.  The French and the Dutch arrived in New York both from Canada and by sea.

New York's constitution was adopted in 1777. The 19th century witnessed great transportation advancements in the state, including the first steamboat line, Erie Canal and America's first regularly scheduled rail service which started in 1831.

It was during this time that New York became the main entry point for European immigrants to the United States. In the years that followed, New York boomed and expanded.

Here are some glimpses of the city’s development:

Lady Liberty being assembled in Paris, 1885

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A carriage ride in Central Park, 1963

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Skateboarding in New York, 1965

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Little Italy, 1900

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A telescopic image of the New York skyline taken in 1946 by Andreas Feininger

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Madison Square circa 1900

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Times Square circa 1930

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Times Square, 1972

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A pyramid of German army helmets outside Grand Central Terminal during World War I.

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Grand Central circa 1920

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Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, 1923

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Downtown, 1944

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Teens in the Melrose section of the Bronx, 1971

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People playing chess at Washington Square Park, 1969

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View from the Manhattan Bridge, 1970s

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