On Monday the NYC Municipal Archives released almost 1 million photos of New York City that date back to the mid-1800s. The website has since crashed a dozen times and hasn’t been back up for longer than an hour. Looking back seems to be a popular phenomenon lately (see Census) probably thanks to the popularity of Mad Men and vintage stores. The photos are pretty niffty.

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 There are some stunning photos of the bridges of New York.

Its been a while since the Art of Being Sedentary has expressed A Little New York Lovin.’ Despite the grit and grime, this city is pretty freaking incredible. New York doesn’t look like it used to but it sure is beautiful.

NYC – Mindrelic Timelapse from Mindrelic on Vimeo.