New Yorkers of Summers Past…They’re Just Like Us!


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rockawayHow are you planning on spending your summer? Visiting Rockaway Beach? Biking in a city’s parks? Perhaps getting away from it all with a visit to the country? Well the New York City residents of the past spent their summers in a very similar way, as seen in these images from these photographs from New-York Historical Society’s digitized library collection!

New Yorkers have always hung out at the beach, whether it’s Rockaway (shown here in an undated photograph by John S. Johnson (c. 1890-1899)…

…or Coney Island.

Frank M. Ingalls, New York City: Coney Island beach with bathers, 1906. Frank M. Ingalls photograph collection, 1901-2015, New-York Historical Society

Frank M. Ingalls, New York City: Coney Island beach with bathers, 1906

Kids take to the street on bikes (long before Citi Bike).

Eugene L. Armbruster, Gravesend: unidentified unpaved road with brick duplex townhouses, child on bicycle, undated.  Eugene L. Armbruster photograph collection, 1894-1939, New-York Historical Society

Eugene L. Armbruster, Gravesend: undated.

Or perhaps enjoy the breeze by the East River.

Frank M. Ingalls, New York City: three unidentified small children looking out over the East River, undated. Frank M. Ingalls photograph collection, 1901-2155, New-York Historical Society

Frank M. Ingalls, New York City: three unidentified small children looking out over the East River, undated.

New Yorkers would hang out by the cooling fountains in Central Park.

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York City, May 11, 1891. Elizabeth Ransom photograph collection, 1891-1892, New-York Historical Society

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York City, May 11, 1891.

And maybe they’d see some Elephants passing by!

J.S. Johnson, Elephants, Central Park, New York City, undated. J.S. Johnston photograph collection, 1890-1899, New-York Historical Society

J.S. Johnson, Elephants, Central Park, New York City, undated.

Ok so maybe you wouldn’t see elephants, but the rest looks pretty familiar!

 

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