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Reader Bill Leahy recently scanned a number of slides that his father took in New York City during the 1950s. Above is a picture of the intersection of Main St. and Northern Blvd. in Flushing, Queens. There are many more pictures that are fascinating looks at the city more than a half century ago. Looking westward up Wall St. at Trinity Church. City Hall when pedestrians could still stroll right past the front steps. St. Paul's Church from across Fulton St. The Manhattan Supreme Courthouse from across Lafayette St. Nuns on a quiet street in front of a church. A meeting house in Flushing. And Federal Hall on Wall and Broad Sts. in Manhattan. What's most striking about these photos is how little has changed in NYC from certain perspectives over the last 50 years. In many of these pictures, one could change the hats men wear and the cars on the street and they could have been taken last week. Thanks to Bill Leahy for making them available online.