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Fans of OldNYC will be excited to see another historical photo mapping tool. The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation (GVSHP) has released its historic photo archive. Though it currently only has 300 images (vs. the 21,000 in OldNYC, the images here range from 19th century drawings to images of lost buildings, to places preserved thanks to the New York City Landmarks law, and more will be added. The photos reflect specifically “the history of the people and built environment of Greenwich Village and surrounding areas,” writes GVSHP.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on the icons to see the images), but you can also browse and search on the GVSHP website.

Sixth Avenue Elevated-Removal-Jefferson Market-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYC1939, removal of 6th Avenue Elevated near Jefferson Market Library

The current batch of images is a compilation of nine collections: the Claire Tankel Collection, Victor Bonanno Collection, Sam Remo CollectionJulie Rinaldini CollectionDoris Diether CollectionWilliam Eppes CollectionNY Bound Bookshop CollectionNat Kaufman Collection, and Evelyn Haynes Collection. GVSHP is seeking archive donations, as well.

75 1:2 Bedford Avenue-Edna St Millay House-Narrowest House-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYC75 1/2 Bedford Avenue in 1948, home of Edna St. Millay one of the narrowest houses in NYC i

Mark Twain House-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYCMark Twain House in 1954

Street Corner-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYC

Washington Mews-NYU-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYCWashington Mews, undated

Colonnade Row-La Grange Terrace-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYCColonnade Row/La Grange Terrace

Washington Square Park-Arch-Greenwich Village-GVSHP Historical Image Archive-NYCLabor Day Parade in Washington Square Park

As GVSHP describes of the collection, “You can see the 9th Avenue Elevated when it was up and the Sixth Avenue El when it came down.  You’ll see old Department Stores, churches, and hotels; pear trees and prisons; markets and mews; libraries and La Grange Terrace; New Yorkers as varied as Peter Cooper and Montgomery Clift; and many, many pictures of Washington Square and the Washington Square Art Show over the years.”

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