By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

20 Rare Historical Photos Of NYC That Will Make You Stop And Think.

One of the most wonderful things about New York City is that over the decades, it goes through tremendous transformations, each neighborhood changing and growing (and usually becoming more expensive).

Despite its many adaptations, the true essence of the city somehow remains, and it's one that is steeped in so much social, political, and cultural history that nothing could ever really usurp its title as America's best. Check out these amazing images of NYC over the years - looking at these photos, you'll realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

120th Street facing East, towards Mt. Morris Park West, 1970

72nd and Broadway, facing West, mid '70s

79th Street and Broadway, facing East, 1972

Bayard and Elizabeth Street in Chinatown, 1964

172 Delancey Street, 1970

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