(PHOTOBLOG.MSNBC.MSN) — 870,000 images of New York City and its municipal operations are being made available to the public on the Internet for the first time, The Associated Press reports .

The photos, some of which date back to the mid-1800s, come from the city’s Municipal Archives collection, and they feature all manner of city oversight – from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

It also features the results of an ambitious plan to photograph every building in the city in the mid-1980s. An earlier set of pictures of every city building taken between 1939 to 1941 has yet to be digitized.

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