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In pictures: Historical New York images available online for first time

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In this Dec. 22, 1936, Works Progress Administration photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man looks at the Hudson River from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge. Over 870,000 photos from an archive that exceeds 2.2 million images have been scanned and made available online, for the first time giving a global audience a view of a rich collection that documents New York City life.

New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project, Jack Rosenzwieg/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project, Jack Rosenzwieg/AP

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In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Eugene de Salignac/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures

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In this April 18, 1936 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, the police booking photo of Charles "Lucky" Luciano is shown in New York.

New York City Municipal Archives, DA Case Files/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, DA Case Files/AP

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In this 1918 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, police work a homicide after children found the body of Gaspare Candella stuffed in a burlap covered drum out in the middle of a Brooklyn, N.Y. field.

Detective Charles A. Carlstrom/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, NYPD Evidence Collection

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In this June 5, 1908 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, the superstructure from the Manhattan Bridge rises above Washington Street in New York.

New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac/AP

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In this Oct. 2, 1930 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, workers assemble bricks to build the roadway on 28th Street in New York.

New York City Municipal Archives, Borough President Manhattan/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, Borough President Manhattan/AP

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In this May 18, 1940 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man reads a newspaper on New York's 6th Ave. and 40th St, with the headline: "Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris."

New York City Municipal Archives, Borough President Manhattan/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, Borough President Manhattan/AP

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In this circa 1890 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a pair of girls walk east along 42nd Street in New York. Acker, Merrall and Condit wine shop delivery wagons are on the right and the C.C. Shayne Furrier sign can be seen on the roof overhead.

New York City Municipal Archives, DeGregario Collection (New York Camera Club)/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, DeGregario Collection (New York Camera Club)/AP

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In this July 29, 1908 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, workers dig in the street along the sidewalk on the north side of Delancey Street in New York.

New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, Department of Bridges/Plant & Structures, Eugene de Salignac/AP

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In this September 30, 1936, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writerís Project, photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, a man hands a program to baseball legend Babe Ruth, center, as he is joined by his second wife Clare, center left, and singer Kate Smith, front left, in the grandstand during Game 1 of the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York.

New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project/AP/New York City Municipal Archives, WPA Federal Writers' Project/AP

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