Get us in your inbox

Search

See what your favorite New York City park looked like 100 years ago

From sheep in Prospect Park to horses in Central Park.

Shaye Weaver
Written by
Shaye Weaver
Advertising

For more than 120 years, parks have been New Yorkers' place of respite and relaxation, especially now as we're stuck inside more than ever.

The city's parks hold a special place in our hearts—it's where the sun is at its brightest, the leaves give us shade and the open space allows us to stretch out and shake off our stress. 

To pay homage to these spots, we've scoured the digital archives of the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress to look back at how these green spaces looked 100 years or so ago, when many of them were newly built.

You can also check out a vintage colorized video of Coney Island, another favorite NYC hangout, here.

RECOMMENDED: Find out what your NYC building looked like in the 1940s

Scroll down to see some of the city's biggest parks in intriguing black-and-white photos.

Central Park

Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress
Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections
Central Park
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Bryant Park 

Bryant Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections
Bryant Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections

Battery Park

Bryant Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections
Castle Clinton
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections

Washington Square Park 

Washington Square Park
Washington Square ParkPhotograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections

 Union Square Park

Union Square Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections

Riverside Park

Riverside Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections

Prospect Park 

Prospect Park
Photograph: Courtesy NYPL Digital Collections
Prospect Park
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress
Prospect Park
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park Bronx
Photograph: Courtesy Paul Thompson/NYPL Digital Collections
Van Cortlandt Park Bronx
Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress

Most popular on Time Out

- This Queens diner has transformed into a retro drive-in movie theater
- The best live theater to stream online today
- How to make real New York-style bagels at home
- See what a bustling Coney Island looked like 110 years ago
- This NYC bar has a chicken social-distancing mascot

Popular on Time Out

    More on Time In

      Latest news

        Advertising