In Photos: Historical NYC Photos You’ve Never Seen Before

From a board stuck out from the 54th floor of the Chanin Building, daredevil pole sitter Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly balances on his head while dunking doughnuts to celebrate Friday the 13. 1939.

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Manhattan’s Upper East Side. 1882.

The New York Historical Society

French aerialist Philippe Petit walks a tightrope strung between the tops of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. 1974.

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New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia throws confiscated guns and slot machines overboard into the Long Island Sound. 1937.

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