If you were a big fan of the New York Public Library initiative, OldNYC (who doesn’t love the geolocation of 40,000 vintage photos?), you’ll be excited to hear about the iPhone app that was just released yesterday in the Apple App Store. The app allows people walking in New York City to pull up historical images of their current location from the last 150 years.
Orian Breaux, a product manager at LiveAuctioneers (and Untapped Cities writer), partnered with Christina Leuci, a software developer at Cyrus Innovation to develop the OldNYC app. Breaux tells us , “Our perspective is that the intersection of history+tech can engage new audiences and help people discover the world around us in novel ways.”
The app builds upon the work of Dan Vanderkam, a software developer who created the OldNYC website in collaboration with NYPL Labs. In the fall of 2015, Vanderkam put out a call for assistance in developing an app, and the OldNYC app release yesterday is the resulting product.
Here are some additional screenshots from the OldNYC app:
Next, check out our archive of articles on Vintage Photos in NYC.
Michelle is the founder of Untapped New York. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture.