I moved to Brooklyn a couple of years ago, from a very different kind of place across the river in New Jersey. I lived on 7th avenue in Park Slope, and ventured to Greenpoint. I should also mention I was robbed last Friday, so now I am totally a true New Yorker. I still have a sense of how Brooklyn and New York used to be. Neighborhoods where no one owned a car, where the streets belonged to children playing stickball, where teenagers flipped pennies against the concrete walls, where a cube of ice outside was refuge against the summer heat, a girl in a mod dress walking down 5th avenue in the sixties, and in the late seventies a boy named Jean-Michel Basquiat scribbled “SAMO” on the corners of walls. The city has always been a museum. I decided I wanted to dip into the city’s past a little bit, hold it from afar, look at it through a telescope. And since its been a billion degrees lately, and we are in the midst of a July where the platform of subway stations are hell, I decided to take you through decades of Summers in New York. A mosaic of neighborhoods, the beaches of Coney Island, Debbie Harry in the streets… What a voyage. – Emily Marucci

 Manhattan streets with their powerful throbs, with beating drums as now,
The endless and noisy chorus, the rustle and clank of muskets, (even the sight of the wounded,)
Manhattan crowds, with their turbulent musical chorus!
Manhattan faces and eyes forever for me.

– WALT WHITMAN

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 1911 – nambrenaurbano.blogspot

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1920 or earlier – Photographed by George Bain

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1920s or earlier – Photographed by George Bain – Madison Square Park fountains

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1920 – Coney Island

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 1920 – Postcard From South Beach N.Y.

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1949 – Photographed by Harold Feinstein

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1950s – Coney Island – photo Febuaryfever

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1960 – Lee Remick on Bowery – Photographed by Sam Shaw

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1960s – Stroll down 5th Avenue

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1967 – Coney Island –Photograph by Diane Arbus – Americansububx

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1968 – Hippies in Washington Square Park

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1969 – Life Magazine

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1969 – Life Magazine

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1970s

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1977 – Debbie Harry – Photographed by Bob Gruen

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1980 – John Lennon + Yoko Ono

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1990 – Photographed by Kenneth Jareckie

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1990s – Coney Island

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1990 – Central Park

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1995 – Coney island – Photographed by Toby Dammit

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2000s

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2000s – Mermaid Parade – Coney Island

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2000s – Emergingtruth

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2007 – Coney Island – Photographed by Stephen Chernin

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2011 – Summer Solstice

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2011 – Gay Pride Parade – Greenwich Village – gvshp.org

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2012 – N.Y. Times

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2012 – Emergingtruth

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2012 – Daily News

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2013– uzinyc

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2013 – Central Park – U.S. News

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2013 – Washington Square Park –Blogfinger

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2013 – Brooklyn heat wave – Photographed by Signe Birck

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2013 – Time Out New York

[featured image via Daily News]

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