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Old 06-04-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Hi, sorry of this is an odd question. but I grew up on 138th street in Flushing NY (literally 2 blocks away from New York Hospital Queens aka Booth Memorial Hospital) and I was wondering if anyone could provide me an aerial photo of that old neighborhood from say way back in the day like in the 1920's, 30's, 40's, etc? I want to know how my old neighborhood in Queensborough Hill looked like back then. I am very curious.

I sadly can only find one single rare photo of Flushing Meadows Park from circa 1920's but I cannot see the the rest of the neigborhood unfortunately. And Google Earth only allows me to go back as earliest as 1994 for Birds eye view.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Valley_of_Ashes.jpg

I was hoping if anyone could send me any photos of a birds eye view of my old neighborhood or any old photos. Or link me an entire photo map of that section of the photo I displayed above showing the entire neighborhood? Much appreciated!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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138th & Booth:

1924


1951


1996
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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Are there any other sites with satellite aerials than Google Earth? I'm looking for South Bronx in the early 90's. Google Earth only gives me 1995 with a blurry image.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Hi, sorry of this is an odd question. but I grew up on 138th street in Flushing NY (literally 2 blocks away from New York Hospital Queens aka Booth Memorial Hospital) and I was wondering if anyone could provide me an aerial photo of that old neighborhood from say way back in the day like in the 1920's, 30's, 40's, etc? I want to know how my old neighborhood in Queensborough Hill looked like back then. I am very curious.

I sadly can only find one single rare photo of Flushing Meadows Park from circa 1920's but I cannot see the the rest of the neigborhood unfortunately. And Google Earth only allows me to go back as earliest as 1994 for Birds eye view.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Valley_of_Ashes.jpg

I was hoping if anyone could send me any photos of a birds eye view of my old neighborhood or any old photos. Or link me an entire photo map of that section of the photo I displayed above showing the entire neighborhood? Much appreciated!
That's from the Great Gatsby. I never knew flushing Queens was a dumping ground for NYC garbage and coal waste. Surprising that Robert Moses cleaned the park up.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:00 AM
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For pictures both on the ground and in the air try Department of Records - Photo Gallery . Seems to be a pretty broad collection of most areas in the city.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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138th & Booth:

1924


1951


1996

WOW! Amazing! May I ask how did you manage to find those photos from? The source? What I would do just to get a street view glimpse of how it was back then! How times change..
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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Are there any other sites with satellite aerials than Google Earth? I'm looking for South Bronx in the early 90's. Google Earth only gives me 1995 with a blurry image.
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WOW! Amazing! May I ask how did you manage to find those photos from? The source? What I would do just to get a street view glimpse of how it was back then! How times change..
As it turns out, New York City commissioned aerial imagery as far back as 1924, and then again in 1951, 1996, 2006, 2008, and 2010. This GIS resource is publicly available through a web application on a city website:
NYCityMap • DoITT • City-Wide GIS

It's a little tricky to use, but the gist of it is you click on the icon with a little hand, and can then slide the map around. Click on + - to zoom, and then for the real magic, click on the camera icon. The default will be 2010, but you can miraculously slide back in time
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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As it turns out, New York City commissioned aerial imagery as far back as 1924, and then again in 1951, 1996, 2006, 2008, and 2010. This GIS resource is publicly available through a web application on a city website:
NYCityMap • DoITT • City-Wide GIS

It's a little tricky to use, but the gist of it is you click on the icon with a little hand, and can then slide the map around. Click on + - to zoom, and then for the real magic, click on the camera icon. The default will be 2010, but you can miraculously slide back in time
Thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for!
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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As it turns out, New York City commissioned aerial imagery as far back as 1924, and then again in 1951, 1996, 2006, 2008, and 2010. This GIS resource is publicly available through a web application on a city website:
NYCityMap • DoITT • City-Wide GIS

It's a little tricky to use, but the gist of it is you click on the icon with a little hand, and can then slide the map around. Click on + - to zoom, and then for the real magic, click on the camera icon. The default will be 2010, but you can miraculously slide back in time

This is way too wild, I can literally see my old car in my old house/driveway from the 1996 timeframe! It's a terrible shame there wasn't Street View back then. What I would give or do just to see how everything was back in the day, the shops, storefronts, etc. That is too cool!

It's also too bad they didn't do it for the other time era's like the 60's, 70's, or 80's. Aw well....
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:25 PM
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As it turns out, New York City commissioned aerial imagery as far back as 1924, and then again in 1951, 1996, 2006, 2008, and 2010. This GIS resource is publicly available through a web application on a city website:
NYCityMap • DoITT • City-Wide GIS

It's a little tricky to use, but the gist of it is you click on the icon with a little hand, and can then slide the map around. Click on + - to zoom, and then for the real magic, click on the camera icon. The default will be 2010, but you can miraculously slide back in time
Great link I added this to my colelction...
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