Programmer Brandon Liu and researcher Jeremy Lechtzin have created 80s.NYC, a really wonderful online collection of photos that show what all five boroughs of New York City looked like during the 1980s. The photos were taken as part of a bureaucratic process to ensure taxes were assessed properly. Liu and Letctzin organized these photos into an easily readable map that’s fun to explore.
Over 5 years in the mid-1980s, the City of New York photographed every property in the five boroughs. …The city-owned imagery is publicly accessible from the Municipal Archives website but the viewing format is limited. The default organizing principle there is the city’s Borough-Block-Lot (BBL) numbering scheme, which alone or together with address searching is useful for retrieving images of individual buildings, but there is no map-based search…
High resolution prints of these photos are available for purchase via the Municipal Archives.
new project: https://t.co/SSJ3OGPsFz streetview your block from the 80s
— brandon liu (@bdon) September 15, 2017