Park photos of 19th and early-20th-century NYC

Check out black-and-white park photos of New Yorkers past taking the air (and walking the ponies) in New York City parks.

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Photograph: Wurts Brothers/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park Zoo
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Photograph: Ewing Galloway/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park, 1892
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Photograph: John S. Johnston/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, 1894
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Photograph: Detroit Photographic Co/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park, 1904
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Photograph: Detroit Photographic Co/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park tennis courts, 1904
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Photograph: Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park
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Photograph: Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park, 1895
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Photograph: Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Central Park Zoo, 1899
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Photograph: Berenice Abbott/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Washington Square Park, 1936
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Photograph: Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Bryant Park, 1930
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Photograph: Nathan Schwartz/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Bryant Park, 1935
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Photograph: Ewing Galloway/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Bryant Park, 1925
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Photograph: Berenice Abbott/Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Madison Square Park, 1936
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Photograph: Courtesy of the NYPL Archives
Entrance to Prospect Park

Even old-timey folks liked to roll up their shirtsleeves and have fun outdoors in NYC parks. Check out these park photos of city dwellers of yesteryear playing outdoor sports, ogling cute animals at the Central Park Zoo and lounging on the grass in Bryant Park. We’ve got a question for those two crabby-looking young fellows leading the ponies, though: Why you gotta look so mad all the time?

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