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New York Public Library releases 180,000 images to public domain: Pictures

The New York Public Library has unlocked a digital vault of 180,000 historical images and made them free for the public to use.

They include Depression-era images from photographers, like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, as well as Lewis Hines' documentary work of Ellis Island immigrants. There are also manuscripts from Walt Whitman and Nathaniel Hawthorne, sheet music of popular American songs and maps and 20,000 maps and atlases.

The NYPL also announced Wednesday that it is making the images available for programmers, journalists and other creative types to remix by allowing direct access to its database. The library said it would also choose someone for a remix residency to work with the NYPL on a project to transform a set of historical images. Learn more about the residency and the public domain images at nypl.org/publicdomain

We've taken a quick browse of newly available historic images of New York City, spanning decades. Here are some of our favorites so far.

Herald Square, looking at 34th Street and Broadway,
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

Herald Square, looking at 34th Street and Broadway, in 1935.

Pike and Henry streets in Manhattan, 1935.
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

Pike and Henry streets in Manhattan, 1935.

The famous Horn & Hardart's Automat at 977
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

The famous Horn & Hardart's Automat at 977 Eighth Ave. was a popular lunch spot in 1935.

A rope store on South Street and the
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

A rope store on South Street and the James Slip near the East River in 1935.

A Fulton Street dock with the Manhattan skyline,
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

A Fulton Street dock with the Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building, in the background in 1935.

A newsstand at 32nd Street and Third Avenue
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

A newsstand at 32nd Street and Third Avenue in 1935.

Unemployed men at West Houston and Mercer Street
Photo Credit: NYPL / Berenice Abbott

Unemployed men at West Houston and Mercer Street in 1935.

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