A Peek Into the Past of New York City Parks

The NYC Parks Photo Archive is a collection of over 200,000 images of New York City parks dating from 1856 to present.

The Parks Photo Archive contains comprehensive images of parks acquisition, development and use, including design and construction improvements, special events, significant features, general park activities, and aerial views.

In this New Yorker article, take a look at some cool vintage photographs of New York City’s parks from Central Park’s camel lawn-mowers in 1869, to squatters at Inwood Hill in 1934.

Joshua Mu

Joshua Mu

Contributing Writer

When he is not attempting to hustle the hustlers of Central Park, Joshua enjoys exploring the depths of what New York has to offer. He one day hopes to pilot a drone without immediately crashing it.

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