Massive Photo Collection of Crown Heights Released by NYC

Discover what Crown Heights looked like exactly 80 years ago, when 770 was first purchased by Agudas Chassidei Chabad.

By reporter

Today, Sunday, marks 80 years on the Gregorian calendar since 770 was purchased by Agudas Chassidei Chabad to be used as the residence, shul and office of the Frierdiker Rebbe (16th August 1940 – 12 Av 5700).

Between 1939 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration collaborated with the NYC Tax Department to collect photographs of every building in the five boroughs of New York City. Two years ago, the NYC Municipal Archives completed the digitization and tagging of these photos, and all are now accessible online.

Click here to take a look at 770 when it was first purchased, and see what the rest of the neighborhood looked like back then. Every building in the entire city is assigned a clickable dot.

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