How 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.
Kids take to the street on bikes (long before Citi Bike).
Or perhaps enjoy the breeze by the East River.
New Yorkers would hang out by the cooling fountains in Central Park.
And maybe they’d see some Elephants passing by!
Ok so maybe you wouldn’t see elephants, but the rest looks pretty familiar!