• Get a Glimpse of Old New York in “Old Queens, New York in Early Photographs”

  • Get a Glimpse of Old New York in “Old Queens, New York in Early Photographs”

  • Get a Glimpse of Old New York in “Old Queens, New York in Early Photographs”

  • Get a Glimpse of Old New York in “Old Queens, New York in Early Photographs”

Get a Glimpse of Old New York in “Old Queens, New York in Early Photographs”

It seems hard to believe looking at New York City and the surrounding boroughs that there was once way more farmland than there were skyscrapers. However, in Old Queens, New York In Early Photographs, authors Vincent F. Seyfried and William Asadorian combined their massive collection of rare photographs of early Queens to show just how visually striking the difference really is.

Old Queens also includes an introduction that regales readers about the history and neighborhoods of the borough. Each of the 27 neighborhoods is highlighted so that readers can gain a new appreciation for the beginnings of the area. Meanwhile, the photos show the rural history of the borough and include photos of pre-1939 World’s Fair Flushing Meadow, a panoramic photograph of the new IRT Flushing line, and the different rural roads that used to dot Queens neighborhoods. Click through the gallery above and travel back to a different time.

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