The New York Public Library Has Great Photos of the Outer Boroughs on Display

Flushing Meadows, 1999. Photo: William Meyers/NYPL

There’s been a lot of talk about a disappearing New York, and different online interactives and photo exhibits have recently offered a glimpse of the the city from many, many years ago. But it’s interesting to note just how rapid various changes across NYC’s landscape occur, especially when browsing photos from a little over decade ago.

To that end, the New York Public Library has photos on display from New York’s outer-boroughs. Taken by William Meyers in the late 1990’s and early aughts, the photos form the exhibit William Meyers: Outer Boroughs, and offer visual snippets of neighborhoods like Williamsburg during the height of its economic and demographic shift. The exhibit also includes shots of Bay Ridge, Pelham Gardens in the Bronx, Flushing Meadows and Sunset Park, among various others.

According to the NYPL, William Meyers didn’t like the Manhattan-centric focus of most NYC-based photographers, “and sought to correct this imbalance by taking his camera to overlooked and underexplored locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.”

The photos are currently on display at the NYPL until June 30th.

Photo: William Meyers/NYPL Photo: William Meyers/NYPL Photo: William Meyers/NYPL Williamsburg, 2004. Photo: William Meyers, NYPL.