HistoryDash charts interesting New York "what happened here" historic entries and then weaves each entry into an
1934 West Side Improvement
9/11 Paper Ephemera Collection
Beginning the morning of September 11, 2001, I started a unique event-specific paper ephemera and autograph collection - zeroing in on New York City area occasions I would be working at or attending on my own from then on - events which I knew were going to be created and held throughout the area to address a myriad of approaching 9/11-related issues (recovery, security, war, health, costs, war deaths, civil liberties, media coverage, prisoner abuse, etc.).
@149thSt.: Documenting New York City Graffiti
Documenting the history of writing is inevitably subjective. Due to the fact that it is an underground movement and the life span of works can be as brief as days, most of history is limited to word-of-mouth accounts. We here @149st have made a modest attempt to encapsulate the history. In addition to witnessing history first hand, we have spoken directly with many participants. Keep in mind that this site is a work in progress and its aim is to build towards an accurate telling of history.
A City Symphony Underground
In homage to classic documentaries such as Berlin: Symphony of a City (1927), by Walter Ruttman and Manahatta (1921), by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, A City Symphony Underground is arranged in movements to evoke the New York City Subway’s daily shifting timbre. Blending footage shot in 1905, six months after the subway opened, with present day scenes this film captures the spirit, energy and rhythms of the people and the textures and colors of this underground marvel, in all its gritty beauty.
A Picture History of Kew Gardens
Photos, articles, and other descriptions of the Kew Gardens, Queens neighborhood.
ABC No Rio
ABC No Rio is a collectively-run center for art and activism. We are known internationally as a venue for oppositional culture. ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to political and social engagement and we retain these values to the present.
We seek to facilitate cross-pollination between artists and activists. ABC No Rio is a place where people share resources and ideas to impact society, culture, and community. We believe that art and activism should be for everyone, not just the professionals, experts, and cognoscenti. Our dream is a cadres of actively aware artists and artfully aware activists.
Our community is defined by a set of shared values and convictions. It is both a local and international community. It is a community committed to social justice, equality, anti-authoritarianism, autonomous action, collective processes, and to nurturing alternative structures and institutions operating on such principles. Our community includes artists and activists whose work promotes critical analysis and an expanded vision of possibility for our lives and the lives of our neighborhoods, cities, and societies. It includes punks who embrace the Do-It-Yourself ethos, express positive outrage, and reject corporate commercialism. It includes nomads, squatters, fringe dwellers, and those among society's disenfrachised who find at ABC No Rio a place to be heard and valued.
Architecture of New York City
New York City Architecture Resources
Audubon Park: the neighborhood Manhattan forgot
AudubonParkNY.com is a virtual walking tour through Audubon Park, in northern Manhattan, from 155th Street to 158th Street, west of Broadway.
Take a walk through today's Audubon Park, a thriving neighborhood in northern Manhattan, without leaving the comfort of your own computer. Examine architectural treasures, experience the history of a unique neighborhood that defied the tyranny of the grid, and find clues that will help you capture Audubon Park's colorful past.
Barely Four Walls: Housing's Hidden Crisis
Photo essays, discussion forums, and housing resources
Beyond Manhatta: The Welikia Project
The Mannahatta Project aims to re-start the natural history of New York City, a few hours before Henry Hudson arrived 400 years ago. This website serves to bring the Mannahatta Project to you.
Boerum Hill Association
The Boerum Hill Association is a volunteer organization of residents of Boerum Hill. We seek to preserve and enhance the unique qualities of our neighborhood through advocacy, education and community building.
Bowne House Historical Society
Bridge and Tunnel Club
Bronx African American History Project
The Bronx African American History Project's (BAAHP) website is up and running! Visit it to learn more about this exciting and dynamic collaborative reserach project that is bringing together Fordham University's African American Studies Department, The Bronx County Historical Society, and people of African descent who live, learn, work, and worship in the Bronx. You will be able to learn about the BAAHP's past events, hear interview clips from its ongoing oral history project, read articles and newspaper stories on the project, and find out how you can contribute to its efforts to preserve archival collections on the history of people of African descent in the Bronx.
Brooklyn Before Now
great photographic archive as well as reference books offered
Catskill Water System
Photographs of the Catskill water supply system in process of construction.
Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies
Based on the award-winning book by the architect James Sanders, the Celluloid Skyline website is a multimedia exploration of cities, film, and architecture. It is based on the premise that the mythic city of â€œmovie New York,â€� which has entertained and excited audiences around the world for generations, is also something more: an extraordinary urban resource, with profound lessons about the design and use of cities.
City Cemetary Hart Island
The Department of Correction maintains and operates the City Cemetery, commonly called Potter's Field, on Hart Island, the Bronx, in Long Island Sound. Burials are done with inmate labor, under supervision of Correction staff. Inmates are paid between 25 and 35 cents per hour. The supervised inmate work details are bused from Rikers Island and ferried from City Island on weekdays to perform the burials, disinterments and maintenance tasks.The Island is 101 acres, measuring approximately one mile long and one-eighth to one-third of a mile wide. It is maintained by the Department of Correction. Hart Island is not open to the public.
City Limits Archives
Founded in 1976 after New York City’s fiscal crisis, City Limits has published more than 6,000 pages of investigative journalism, illustrations, and perspectives on urban policy and critical issues. With a grant from the New York Community Trust, this extensive archive is now digital (and fully accessible for free) online.
The online collection includes writings by some of New York City’s most recognized leaders—including Geoffrey Canada and Ruth Messinger—leading journalists, like Tom Robbins, Errol Louis, Alyssa Katz, Glenn Thrush and Michael Powell, and authors such as Tracie McMillan and Annia Ciezadlo.
“This is an unparalleled asset to not just the public policy community, but anyone seeking a historical front-seat view of America’s largest city and the challenges of urbanism,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, director of City Limits. “This is a lasting tribute to the people and institutions who’ve worked for decades to bring progress, and a curriculum for generations and advocates in the future.”
City Limits is a New York City-based non-profit that strengthens community engagement on civic, economic, and social justice issues. City Limits' coverage has garnered a number of recent awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' award for publishing the top local investigative magazine story in the country in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed a “City Limits Day" for the organization's work as a “model for New York and for the rest of the nation.”
City Limits anticipates annually that 100,000 people will visit its archive, but millions more will have access through syndication to library databases and information sources across the globe.
Community Newspaper Group
Compilation of news for Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Digital Atlas of New York City
Principal Map Topics include
Population and Race,
Income and Poverty,
Adult Educational Attainment,
Household Types, and
Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930
The â€˜Digital Harlemâ€™ site employs digital technology to integrate a range of sources â€“ the case files of the Manhattan District Attorney, probation files, prison records, undercover investigations, social surveys, census schedules and the two major newspapers published in Harlem, The New York Age and The New York Amsterdam News â€“ and to visualize and explore the spatial dimensions of everyday life in Harlem during its heyday, 1915-1930.
Whereas a traditional historical map is static, those in Digital Harlem have the advantage of being dynamic. The database can be searched for, and the interface can then map, particular places or types of location, events, where an individual lived his/her life, or moments in time â€“ or any combination of such data.
Digitial John Jay Papers
The Papers of John Jay is an image database and indexing tool comprising some 13,000 documents (more than 30,000 page images) scanned chiefly from photocopies of original documents. Most of the source material was assembled by Columbia University's John Jay publication project staff during the 1960s and 1970s under the direction of the late Professor Richard B. Morris.
Downtown Street Names and the Stories They Tell
Downtown, each street carries history in its name.
Though the crisscross of names may make it harder at points to know you're headed in the right direction, learning about the stories and people who left their legacy on Lower Manhattan street signs can be fascinating. The following glossary is designed to help you do just that. Enjoy!
ENY Projects Web Hangout
The online community of those who grew up in the Linden and Boulevard House of East New York Brooklyn from the late fifties to the mid-seventies
Ephemeral New York
Ephemeral New York chronicles a constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New Yorkâ€™s collective remainder bin. Here we remember forgotten people, places, and relics of the way New Yorkers used to live. We get a big kick out of present-day urban weirdness and idiosyncrasies too.
The site is the creation of a magazine editor from the West Village who recalls stepping over winos to enter the Grand Union on Bleecker Street, a happily chaotic class packed with 35 other first graders at PS 41, and that Mays, not Whole Foods, was once the flagship shopping destination of Union Square. Sometimes wry and often wistful, she feels the presence of the cityâ€™s ghosts everywhere.
FY Chinese antique furniture, Chinese furniture, Asian antiques, handicraft, oriental curio, handicrafts, ceramics, paintings, statue, gift
Chinese furniture, orientantique.com -exporter, manufacturer Asian antique furniture, carving, home supply craft, gifts, tribal handicraft, paintings, porcelain,rustic items, oriental curio, Asian home decoration, classical reproduction furniture.
Listing of NYC cultural events.
Hall of Fame for Great Americans
America's first Hall of Fame, the New York City landmark
designed by Stanford White, is an outdoor open-air collonade on the highest natural point in New York City. Contains 98 bronze busts of men and women who have contributed to American society.
Harlem One Stop
Harlem One Stop is a cultural tourism initiative of the Hamilton Heights West Harlem Community Preservation Organization (CPO) which is in the process of establishing a one stop network for Upper Manhattan-Harlem-based tourism through alliances and strategic partnerships. Currently, the CPO is in partnership with the Mount Morris Park Improvement Association promoting a series of Harlem is Home tour packages. Both are non-profit volunteer, community organizations, active in the preservation of Harlem's architectural and cultural treasures. Through the promotion and sharing of local experience and knowledge, both groups seek to positively impact the delivery of services and neighborhood/business development in our respective districts and, throughout Harlem, in general.
Henry Hudson 400
Henry Hudson 400 in collaboration with Google Maps have overlaid beautiful historic maps of the 17th century Dutch trading empire and New Amsterdam with contemporary Google maps. These interactive maps tell the story of 17th century exploration and the history of the early Dutch settlement of New York with the help of 21st century digital mapping technology, and are filled with information about Hudsonâ€™s voyages, the original residents of New Amsterdam, climate change effects on New York and places around the globe, our commemorative events, and much more.
Henry Hudson 400: Celebrating the History of Hudson, Amsterdam and New York
Borrowing from the National Archives of the Netherlands, Henry Hudson 400 has taken a selection of rare maps and documents, and in collaboration with Google, overlaid them onto contemporary Google maps of the same areas. These rare maps and original documents will be exhibited at the South St. Seaport Museum this fall in an exhibit entitled Island at the Center of the World: An Exhibition. The interactive historic maps on www.henryhudson400.com also chart the courses of Henry Hudsonâ€™s four voyages in search of a shorter route to Asia. On his legendary third voyage, ice storms near the North Pole forced a U-turn that led Hudson and the crew on his boat, the Half Moon, to eventually drop anchor along Mannahatta, which led to the first Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
Along with the historic voyages, these interactive maps are lavishly adorned with photos and 3-D models of Hudsonâ€™s ship, the Half Moon, and rich historical information is integrated into the maps. People can click on the maps to discover the tantalizing history of some of the first New Yorkers as well as intriguing information on the unique multicultural mix that is todayâ€™s New York. This innovative and customized application built with Google Maps technology allows users to visually navigate and explore the historical, cultural and economic ties between the Netherlands and the United States with cutting edge techniques. There is also a portal for users to upload stories of their own American or Dutch ancestry.
History Resources for New York City Parks
History of Gay Bars in New York City
Multimedia resources about Ellis Island and immigration to the U.S.
How the Other Half Lives
The Hypertext edition of Riis's 1890 classic text.
Howard Frank's Portfolio
Inside New York
Inside New York is a complete guidebook to life in the city. Not just a list of places to eat, drink, party, and shop, but a detailed resource to cultivate seasoned New Yorkers. Since 1978, Inside New York has treated transplants and travelers to the best that New York City has to offer.Inside New York 2010
Written by a team of fearless young New Yorkers committed to discovering old mainstays and new attractions within all five boroughs, Inside New York is the savviest neighborhood-by-neighborhood portal into the City. Inside New York reports on the newest trends and the best deals while also offering fresh perspectives on perennial favorites, such as museums, monuments, and iconic landmarks.
The 2010 edition of our guidebook will be released this September. It features over 500 new reviews of restaurants, clubs, bars, stores, galleries, theaters, and music venues in a sleek new layout design. This compact, built-to-travel edition includes original full-page maps of each locale and expanded reports on must-see cultural events, parades, and festivals.
Search our web archives for 800 dining, nightlife, and attractions reviews from the book.
LABOR ARTS is a virtual museum; we gather, identify and display images of the cultural artifacts of working people and their organizations. Our mission is to present powerful images that help us understand the past and present lives of working people. AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney has urged all international unions to cooperate in locating for display on Labor Arts "the treasure trove of cultural objects that have moved workers into action from the very inception of our movement."
Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb
Lower East Side History Project
The Lower East Side History Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching, documenting and preserving the history of the greater Lower East Side of New York City.
This is the website of historical consultant Madeline Rogers
Website built around a Dutch historical youth novel, describing life on Manhat(t)an and Long Island in the 17th century. With lots of pictures, facts and interesting information about the early Dutch, black slaves and native Americans. Language mainly Dutch/Netherlands.
Margaret Sanger Papers Project
Bographica, bibliographical information on birth control pioneer, Margaret Sangewr (1879-1966)
Images from print collection of NYPL.
NEW YORK CITY SIGNS -- 14TH TO 42ND STREET
This site intends to survey all of the signs in New York City from 14th Street to 42nd Street. Since it is possible to display only a small fragment of these images, the site will contain only a few highlights of the signs in this prolific area. The emphasis is on vintage signs but not exclusively. My earliest photographs date from the mid 1980's. Many of these signs no longer exist.
NYC AM Radio History
This page will attempt to showcase the histories of New York City AM Radio stations,
past and present.
NYC Bridge Centennial Commission
In the spring of 2007, a group of civic minded individuals realized that several of New York Cityâ€™s bridges were approaching their 100th anniversary. In order to commemorate the significance of these magnificent spans and their role in making New York City the greatest metropolis in the world, the group formed the NYC Bridge Centennial Commission, a 501 (c) 3 corporation.
The aim of the Commission is to promote the 100th year anniversary of six historic New York City bridges, to educate the public about the bridgesâ€™ role in the life of the city, to encourage respect for the history of New York City; to heighten the publicâ€™s awareness of the Cityâ€™s infrastructure and the need to maintain it; and to stimulate the interest of the public in celebrating the centennial of these six bridges.
In cooperation with the Office of the Mayor, the Offices of the Borough Presidents of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Parks and Recreations, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Records and Information Services, Hunter College, La Guardia Community College and non-profit groups and private citizens, the NYC Bridge Centennial Commission is preparing a set of six bronze medallions commemorating each bridge and will be sponsoring exhibits, lectures, walking, bicycle and boat tours and will produce a program for each bridge celebration. Some of the components of the celebration include: FDNY Fireboat spectacular; a parade of antique cars; band concerts; a film festival; lectures, banners and audio-visual presentations.
In-depth histories, exit lists, and current traffic conditions for individual expressways and parkways, categorized by geographic area. Includes state and county route listings, and information on unbuilt highways.
In-depth histories and current traffic conditions for individual bridges and tunnels, categorized by geographic area. Includes information on unbuilt crossings. Old maps and planning studies covering the development of the New York-area arterial system.
Welcome to NYCdata, a unique website that provides all the information about NYC you need!
We invite you to browse through this compendium of data. Satisfy your curiosity. Marvel at the phenomenon that is New York City!
NYCityMap -- Comparisons from 1924 and 2008
Comparisons of road maps and aerial images of all NYC neighborhoods in 1924 and 2008.
Neighborhood Preservation Center
NYC Landmark Designation Reports available online.
The Neighborhood Preservation Center, in partnership with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, launches its Landmark Designation Report database.
New York City Photo Safari
For a different look at New York City, join us for a Photo Safari! While using New York City as both backdrop and classroom, these workshops provide a unique experience to sharpen your photography skills and see NYC from a different angle. Groups are small, so youâ€™ll get personal instruction based on your specific needs. Whether youâ€™re a native New Yorker or a first time visitor, Photo Safaris are a great way to see the city while improving your photography skills.
New York Food Museum
The NY Food Museum has no permanent home. For now, we like it that way; it allows us more flexibility, frees up resources and an gives us an opportunity to establish cooperative relationships with existing institutions. You will see many of our exhibitions in digital form on this website - and we will be using more media to supplement our outreach. In years to come, you will see exhibits in mass transit spaces, on billboards, in schools, and in other arts, human service and food organization galleries and headquarters.
New York Irish History Roundtable
The New York Irish History Roundtable promotes interest in and research on the 300-year history of people of Irish heritage in New York City. Its purpose is to provide opportunities to exchange information, and for members to learn from each other, about the complex relationship between the Irish and New York City since the colonial period. It sponsors lectures, fieldtrips, walking tours, special projects, graduate and undergraduate scholarships, museum exhibitions, genealogy workshops, newsletters, and an annual journal, "New York Irish History."
The New York Irish History Roundtable is a non-denominational, non-political, registered not-for-profit corporation. Its members include both professional and amateur historians and genealogists.
Membership is open to all.
New York Public Library: the Picture Collection
Mid-Manhattan Library¹s Renowned Picture Collection Goes Online with
Thousands of Digital Images
Treasured Resource for Designers, Researchers, Artists, and Educators Is Now
Available at picturecollection.nypl.org.
30,000 Images to Be Online by End of 2003
New York Wanderer
New York Wanderer Press and New York Wanderer Blog are projects by New York-based author and historian Benjamin Feldman.
Ben has lived and worked in New York City since 1969. His essays and book reviews about New York City, American history, and Yiddish culture have appeared online and in print in CUNY’s Gotham History Blotter, The New Partisan Review, Columbia County History and Heritage, and Ducts literary magazine.
Ben’s first book, Butchery on Bond Street – Sexual Politics and the Burdell-Cunningham Case in Ante-bellum New York, appeared in May 2007. Butchery is about an infamous unsolved murder case from the 19th century, told “like a gaslight-era episode of Law & Order” (The New Yorker). His second book, Call Me Daddy – Babes and Bathos in Edward West Browning’s Jazz-Age New York, appeared in June 2009. The retelling of a notorious tabloid scandal “captures in delicious fashion the philandering real estate magnate in all his buffoonery” according to Sam Roberts in The New York Times.
The author’s ongoing projects include a biographical work about Henry Knight Dyer, the first non-family member to be president of the Dennison Manufacturing Company; an investigation into the life of an early 20th century New York City Jewish saloon-keeper named Sol Goldberg whose efforts to forestall economic ruin at the advent of Prohibition lead to some Runyon-esque escapades; and a biography of the famous 19th century NYC tavern-keep and theatrical promoter, William Niblo.
Ben can be reached at ben(at)newyorkwanderer.com.
New York in Plain Sight - The Manhattan Street Corners
NEW YORK IN PLAIN SIGHT is a large-scale photographic survey of everyday life on Manhattanâ€™s great public commonsâ€‰â€”â€‰its streets and sidewalksâ€‰â€”â€‰from Whitehall and South Street at the foot of the island on up to where Broadway recrosses Ninth Avenue at its very top, and from the FDR Drive on the East River to the West Side Highway on the Hudson.
Conceived and executed on a scale commensurate with the city itself, NEW YORK IN PLAIN SIGHTâ€™sâ€‰ eleven thousand plus digital panoramas catch Manhattanâ€™s elusive, ephemeral, and often exhilarating sense of life in the interplay of people, traffic, and architecture on the islandâ€™s eleven thousand plus street corners.
NEW YORK IN PLAIN SIGHT was photographed in the long summer seasonâ€‰â€”â€‰March through November â€” of 2006, a moment in the city's history now remembered as the pinnacle of the 30-year boom that began to unravel the following year and collapsed altogether in 2008.
Shot, processed, and catalogued digitally from start to finish, NEW YORK IN PLAIN SIGHTâ€‰is simultaneously an archive for scholars and researchers, a resource for businesses, residents, and visitors, and a feast for the eyes for lovers of New York everywhere.
New Yorker Staats-Zeitung
HISTORY OF A NEW YORK CITY INSTITUTION
The New Yorker Staats-Zeitung is the leading German-American newspaper, published weekly. It has an illustrious history but it still maintains a prevalance in today’s society.
A History of New York City
Notable New Yorkers
The Notable New Yorkers Web site offers audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with ten influential New Yorkers, drawn from the collections of the Oral History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries. These interviews, conducted by the Office between 1955 and 2001, open an imaginative portal into twentieth-century New York City and the ways in which it has deeply affected the culture and history of the United States and the world beyond. With three background essays and a briefer methodological introduction for each oral history, this site also provides a revealing look at the art of the biographical interviewâ€”a methodology developed by the Office over its four and a half decades of existenceâ€”in which individuals who have shaped history reflect upon their lives and accomplishments.
Office for Metropolitan History
Founded in 1975 by Christopher Gray, the Office for Metropolitan History provides research on New York City buildings, and embraces a synthetic approach to historical data, bringing together disparate sources in individual collections. Typical projects involve document recovery and reports with a wide variety of purposes, for engineers, architects, lawyers and anyone interested in the evolution of New York's built environment.
Old Streets of New York: A Guide to Former Street Names in Manhattan
Including also old roads, lanes, alleys, courts, terraces, parks, squares, wharves, piers, slips, markets and other named urban features that have been demapped, obliterated or renamed.
Compiled and annotated by Gilbert Tauber
Oldstreets.com will help you identify Manhattan locations mentioned in old books, articles and documents relating to New York City. It contains more than 1,600 old names of streets and other urban features that are no longer on the map.
In most cases these streets, etc. have been renamed; in other cases they have been truncated or disappeared entirely. Several names have migrated. For example, today's King Street is in the West Village, but prior to 1794 King Street was the name of what we now call Pine Street. Even more vexing, the same name has sometimes been used simultaneously for two different streets. Until the 1920s there was a Manhattan Street in Harlem and a Manhattan Street on the Lower East Side. Greenwich Village had two Cornelia Streets in the 1820s, and in the 1770s there were at least three George Streets.
Old World NYC
Provides free current photos of former historical sites in lower Manhattan.
Old York Library
Opening the Way: A Women's History Walk
Opening the Way celebrates women's history in downtown Manhattan below Chambers Street. Our walking and virtual tours honor 21 women, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Ida B. Wells, and Sojourner Truth, all of whom worked or otherwise thrived in the area. Visit our website to read biographies of and quotes from the women, buy tickets for the tour, or view a PDF map of the sites we visit.
Photo Walk-abouts NYC Photo Tours
Explore NYC with your camera in your hand! All tours start with a brief lesson on photography and at various points along the route participants are given the chance to explore and area with their cameras. Historical commentary is also included.
Prospect Park Alliance
Prospect Park is a 585-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York Cityâ€™s most populous borough. The masterpiece of famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park, Prospect Park features the 90-acre Long Meadow, the 60-acre Lake and Brooklynâ€™s only forest. The nationâ€™s first urban Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival are just a few of the cultural attractions that make their home here at the Park.
Queens Memory Project
The Queens Memory Project is a dynamic testament of collective memory for the residents of Queens, New York; the most diverse county in the United States. The interviews and archival records gathered here from many sources document the boroughâ€™s people and places; their differences, their changes over time, and their strong ties to one another.
SepiaTown is a new historical image website that gets people directly involved in their local history by uploading and mapping historical images from any location around the globe. These images can then be viewed on any computer (mobile version coming soon) for a truly interactive experience.
Staten Island Museum
Staten Island's 350th Anniversary
In 2008, the seed was planted for celebrating SI 350.
Today, SI 350 consists of almost 100 volunteers who act as an advisory committee, contributing time, energy, expertise, advice, contacts, writing, research and technology skills. Those volunteers -- whether contributing as individuals or as representatives of an organization -- have been working very hard for the past year, assessing the dozens and dozens of ideas that have been offered, and laying the foundation for implementing the best of those ideas.
If you are not yet involved, or your organization is not yet involved, and you want to contribute your time and skills, we welcome you to join that list. We plan to reach out to all of the social, political, economic, historical, cultural, religious or educational institutions on Staten Island as well as many institutions and organizations in the other boroughs.
SusanSez NYC Walkabouts
SsuanSez NYC Walkabouts-Unique walking tours throughout NYC. Explores the neighborhoods and takes you off the beaten paths with a native New Yorker.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of NYC.
The Bowery Boys: New York City History
We maintain this website both as a support to our weekly podcast, as well as a resource of entertainment and information for native New Yorkers, former New Yorkers, tourists and those who have never been here.
Essentially, we're just writing about things that we find really cool or interesting about our city.
There are a great many other websites (see our blogroll above) that provide far greater depth on these subjects and we greatly encourage you to peruse them for more information. As reporters of history, hopefully something we say or write sparks you to look further into the various places and people of New York City.
The more people become interested in the city's past, the less likely it is to be bulldozed.
The Bronx is Beautiful
In 2006, leading New York realtor Barbara Corcoran called the South Bronx "the last housing frontier close to New York City" and put it on her list of the top five places to buy in America.
While residents of many New York City neighborhoods have taken her advice, the majority of recent buyers have come from Manhattan. Between 2001 and 2006, well over 23,000 of them moved to the Bronx, making it by far the borough of choice for migrating Manhattanites.
Attracted by the elegant, spacious, and affordable apartment buildings, many newcomers have moved to the area of the South Bronx around the Grand Concourse, near the landmark Bronx County Courthouse and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
This website shares the stories of these Bronx pioneers as they explore their new community. And it details the Manhattan and Brooklyn decor and style they have brought to their new homes.
The City Review
The City Review is a 'zine devoted to Manhattan affairs and the arts with a strong emphasis on architecture, planning, real estate, museums, books and consumer technology. The City Review is a regularly updated forum for citizens concerned about creative and constructive ways for New York to maintain, enhance and augment its legacy of urbanity and the highest achievement in the arts. Such citizens need coverage that is sophisticated, but not distractingly stylish, pertinent and relevant without being exhausting, and not without humor.
The Evergreens Cemetery
The Evergreens Cemetery was organized in 1849 as a non-sectarian cemetery, under the Rural Cemetery Act of 1847. The cemetery borders Brooklyn and Queens and covers 225 acres of rolling hills and gently sloping meadows. It features several thousand trees and flowering shrubs in a park like setting.
The Evergreens is the final resting place of more than 526,000 people people. It offers a selection of burial options including family lots (two graves and up), single graves (accommodates up to three interments when possible), an urn garden, community and private family mausoleums. Our new Chapel Mausoleum and Niches has been completed. The Evergreens Cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Evergreens is easily accessible by major highways and public transportation.
The Five Points Site
Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous nineteenth-century New York neighborhood.
The Hart Island Project: New York City Public Burials, 1985-2007
The mission of the Hart Island Project is to make the largest cemetery in the United States visible and accessible. The process of reclaiming the identities of those buried is a global effort. A system has been created at this site for volunteers to enter data from pages acquired in 2008 through Freedom of Information Law. Older records on microfilm are at the Municipal Archives. Most burial records from May 1961 to August 1977 were destroyed in a fire set by vandals. Registered visitors to this site may search the expanding database and submit stories, images and links to this emerging image of a global community.
The History Box
"This web site relates to New York State and United States History, but
focuses especially on the history of New York City. Designed for genealogists,
historians and history enthusiasts, it offers a vast array of historical
articles and other helpful links for historical and genealogical searching.
The focused area of interest is New York City's early history reflecting on
events, issues, panics, riots and other related matters affecting or
contributing to the City's development and growth. Separate directories on the
site cover New York State and United States history. ".
The LTV Squad
Ltvsquad.com is a group website dedicated to documented abandoned and/or unseen infrastructure and locations primarily within the NYC area.
The Listening Project: Midwood
The Listening Project: Midwood is a series of informal oral history interviews with members of the Council Center for Senior Citizens in Midwood, Brooklyn. Each video on the web site represents a single slice of life from an individual. Sometimes the story is complete, other times an idea is simply expressed, but not developed. Either way, the themes each video explores are universal: life, love, children, parents, growing up, home…
The project is broken into three specific segments:
• Listening where I attentively listened to participants’ life stories.
• Reflection were I listened to and edited each interview into several 2-5 minute segments.
• Presentation where the material was screened for the community.
The Living City
The Living City is a digital library initiative intended to capture the experience of life, health, and urban transformation during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the end of World War I. This is a work in progress and we welcome your comments and participation in this endeavor.
The Lost Museum: Exploring Antebellum American Life and Culture
This interactive site re-creates P. T. Barnum’s American Museum, mid-nineteenth century America’s pre-eminent popular cultural institution, on the night before its fiery demise in July, 1865. A unique learning resource that combines immersive experience with historical narrative and documentation, The Lost Museum’s cornucopia of diverse attractions highlight the major compromises and conflicts of the antebellum and Civil War eras in U.S. history.
Produced at the CUNY Graduate Center’s American Social History Project, in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, The Lost Museum offers a 3-D spatial exploration of four re-created museum rooms containing over 160 interactive artifacts and attractions; a searchable archive of more than 300 primary documents; and 22 teaching resources geared to diverse classroom settings. These features allow contemporary virtual visitors to experience the fascinating intricacy of nineteenth-century exhibitions and to embark on a search for clues to solve the fictional mystery of who (among social and political groups in the period) may have burned down the building in July 1865. Teachers can choose among classroom activities and other resources suitable for high school and college U.S. history courses.
Eight years in the making, The Lost Museum combines extensive research and writing with detailed 3-D modeling, database programming, and moving image presentation. The site has received awards from the Archivists Roundtable of New York (“most innovative application of archives to the Internet”), Horizon Interactive (Honorable Mention, Education/Training Web site), and Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival (Platinum Award, New Media). Production of the site was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Old York Foundation, and the CUNY Graduate Center’s New Media Lab.
The Online Museum of the Long Island Railroad
Photographs of the Long Island Railroad throughout its history.
The Riots of New York City
The Triangle Waistshirt Fire Exhibit at Cornell University
Sources for the Triangle Fire Online Exhibit
This web exhibit presents original documents and secondary sources on the Triangle Fire, held by the Cornell University Library. They are housed in the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections also contributed to the exhibit. The bulk of the primary sources were drawn from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Archives which, along with the records of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, form the basis for the archives of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE!) which reside at Cornell.
A 35 page salute to the history of Times Square.
Tours of Greenwood Cemetery
Since January 2006 I have been an active member of The Green-wood Historic Fund (GHF) in the role of Historical Research Assistant as well as tour guide.
The GHF has been responsible for preserving the history of New York City at this National Historic Landmark through years of archival research, education, publications, and events.
The team of volunteers has recently won an award for best use of archives for our research into the cemeteryâ€™s Civil War veterans. With the help of the Federal Government, we were able to replace and install over 3,000 new headstones and grave markers for our Civil War dead after an extensive 6-year research project. Along with much media coverage and a large exposition at the Brooklyn Public Library, our research efforts have been recognized and now we are in phase 2 of the project which is to identify at least 3,000 more veteranâ€™s - many of whom remain in unmarked or damage graves. Our research has resulted in the 2007 publication Final Camping Ground: Civil War Veterans at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, In Their Own Words by cemetery historian Jeffrey Richman.
Opened in 1838, The Green-wood Cemetery was Americaâ€™s third rural cemetery and one of the inspirations for Manhattanâ€™s Central Park. Itâ€™s 450-acres are situated in Sunset Park in Brooklyn on some historically important land. The cemetery, which has the highest point in Brooklyn, rests on the site of the Battle of Brooklyn which was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution which was also a turning point for General George Washingtonâ€™s outnumbered army.
It is also recognized as a bird sanctuary with great horned owls, monk parrots, snow geese, and others.
It has the best concentration of Victorian Resurrectionist architecture in the United States and its inhabitants are some of New Yorkâ€™s (and Americaâ€™s) most famous people such as:The Steinway family, the Tiffany family, FAO Schwarz, Leonard Bernstein, William Marcy â€œBossâ€� Tweed, Laura Keene, Richard Upjohn, Theodore Rooseveltâ€™s family, De Witt Clinton, and many others.
If you are interested in tours or more information about The Green-wood Cemetery please contact me at: email@example.com
Downloadable audio walking tours of some of the city's greatest neighborhoods. Also, fun information about great New York City locations.
Virtual Tour of Harlem Prison at Harlem Court:House
After 112 years, the Harlem "district prison," that closed more than half century ago, is the oldest major jail structure still standing in NYC -- with five tiers, 40 cells, double-bunk bed frames, cell doors and other fixtures, all relatively intact as artifacts. Yet it remains among NY's least known historical treasures.
The ex-jail is in the unrestored part of Harlem Courthouse whose restored part the NYC Civil Court and the Harlem Community Justice Center use each business day. NYCHS appreciates the help of the NYC Civil Court, the HCJC and free-lance photographer and former Correction Officer Gerald Schultz in making this Harlem Prison "virtual visit" presentation a reality.
Walking Off the Big Apple
Interdisciplinary literary, historical and cultural guide to New York for the modern flaneur.
Walking is Transportation
When I launched this blog nine months ago, its focus was almost solely on walking and transportation issues. In time, I found that focus too confining. So I'm now re-launching WALKING IS TRANSPORTATION.com as a journal. Transportation will be a continuing interest, but so will art, architecture, planning, urban life, literature, gardening, cooking and the rest of life.
I'm Dan Icolari, keeper of the journal, formerly an advertising copywriter and now the resident owner/manager of a small rental property, pictured above, that my wife Ellen and I share with several tenants. We were both born and raised in Manhattan, have lived in every borough but Queens, and now live in St. George, where the ferry docks on Staten Island.
Though the name 'Walking is Transportation' no longer reflects the expanded content of this blog, I've decided it stays. Not only because the blog already has an identity, a sensibility and a small group of readers, but because the name suggests a way of operating in the world that promotes personal autonomy and freedom.
What Was There
The WhatWasThere project was inspired by the realization that we could leverage technology and the connections it facilitates to provide a new human experience of time and space â€“ a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.
The premise is simple: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). So wherever you are in the world, take a moment to upload a photograph and contribute to history!
Historic overview of the bridge
World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition
A virtual exhibition of all 5,201 submissions received for the
World Trade Center Memorial Competition---a design competition
administered to select a permanent memorial to remember and honor all
those lost during the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist
attacks. The exhibition highlights the global outpouring of expression
in the largest design competition in history. Teams from 63 nations and
49 states participated in the Competition.
Memoir: "Yorkville Twins: Hilarious Adventures Growing Up In New York City, 1944-1962," by Joseph & John Gindele. [Memories of growing up in Manhattan over 60 years ago.]
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, and/or live the immigrant experience, and/or find out what life was like growing up as a twin, this book is for you. It's an endearing collection of stories involving immigrants and immigration, survival, growing up, coming of age, and learning what it is to be an American. More than a memoir, it's an experience, a love story of family, friends, neighbors, and the Yorkville of yore!
Twin brothers Joseph and John Gindele spent their first 18 years growing up on the rough streets of Yorkville on Manhattan's ethnic Upper East Side over 60 years ago. This is their story--what the city was like then, how it changed, and how two kids from immigrant parents became accomplished Minnesota schoolteachers with earned doctorate degrees. They and their family succeeded in living the American dream. It's an American tale full of adventures and laughs, sweet memories and sad moments. How did their Czech and German parents and siblings--a family of seven--ever survive living with these guys?
"Yorkville Twins" has numerous themes that will appeal to wide audiences: (1) Rediscovering childhood memories, (2) Immigrants and immigration (past and present) that enabled our nation to grow, (3) Czech and German families and their descendants, (4) Memories of growing up in New York City in the 1940s, 50s and 60s in the colorful ethnic neighborhood of Yorkville, (5) Historical, cultural and social perspective of the past, and (6) Twins/multiples and their special bonds, many having predictive abilities.
This 328-page memoir contains 100+ period photographs/illustrations, richly annotated resources, and a glossary. Two bonus chapters discuss (1) their undergraduate days in the Midwest, as well as (2) things about twins. People tell us they love the book, and laughed so much reading it. The stories, they say, brought back so many fond memories, memories they only thought they had forgotten.
"Yorkville Twins" reveals surprises of how different, yet really how similar, childhood experiences were for all of us. Growing up on the East coast, West coast or in the Mid-west, stories of our youth are really pretty much the same. Or are they?
"Yorkville Twins" was adopted by a college in New York City and is now required reading for students in "Critical Inquiry: History of New York" classes.
nycsubway.org is a site dedicated to the history of the New York City Subway system, including photos, maps, and documents. We don't attempt to keep track of up to the minute, accurate information about fares, schedules, service outages, etc. That kind of information is best left to official transit agencies, e.g. www.mta.info.
The history, vocabulary, and ethics of grafitti art on subway cars. This site seeks to preserve the culture and work that proliferated in the 1970s and early 80s but has since been hampered by the "clean train movement" a policy whereby the MTA does not run trains that have been grafittied.
A Journey Through Chinatown
Images, and text capturing some aspects of what makes this vibrant community thrive, and to document the constant growth and renewal
that is ongoing.lucky_dog
There is also a page on the Five Points.
American Political History On-Line
Several hundred U.S. political history links and documents arranged topically and spanning from the Consititution to the Clinton years.
American Social History Project
The American Social History Project maintains numerous historical projects and services on the web. Not everything here is NYC related, but much is. Focus is on labor, ethinicity, and social issues. Primary resources available for browsing. Sample components of the site are: Who Built America, Teaching and Learning, New Media Lab, and a calendar of history events in NYC.
Archaeology.org - Under City Hall Park
Pages on recent archaeological discoveries in New York City and what they tell us about the history of the downtown of past eras.
Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Brief telling of the story of the ante-bellum train tunnel built under Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Sealed off in 1861, the tunnel has recently been re-discovered. Learn about its history and about how to take a tour.
A place where current and former Bronx residents revist the old days and remember life in the past in the Bronx. If you don't know the Bronx, this site probably won't be of much interest.
Conservancy for Historic Battery Park
A one page mission statement and contact information for the Conservancy for Historic Battery Park. Outlines the goals and activities of the organization and notes some of the histotic importance of Battery Park.
An historical overview of
Delaware Indians... Also includes links to other tribes...
East Harlem History
A brief description of the history of Harlem from the 17th century to the present. Links available and lots of old photos, most of them held by the Museum of the City of NEw York.
Ellis Island Records
Visitors can, among other things, trace their family's immigrant history. The site has obline records for all entries at Ellis Island from 1892-1924.
Fading Ad Campaign
This site features interesting images of aged advertising in the city, much of it flaking away on the sides of brick buildings or layered with newer ads.
Focuses on Manhattan’s outdoor representational sculpture. Maintained by Dianne Durante, author of *Forgotten Delights: The Producers,* on 19 outdoor sculptures in NYC.
Forgotten New York
Learn about the history that we walk right past every day in the city. This site explores the history behind lamp posts, abandoned subway lines, old cemeteries, forgotten alleyways and more.
General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York
An educational and philanthropic organization founded by artisans in 1785, the General Society sponsors a Library, Mechanics Institute, Small Press Center, and the Mossman Lock Museum.
A site devoted to the past of Gerritsen Beach, a small fishing village on the southern coast of Brooklyn. Photos, old stories, history, current happenings, network of residents past and present. . . .
Go to "New York" on the site and the choose information and images on historic buildings in the city.
Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation
GVSHP programs include: Educational public lectures, tours, exhibitions and publications, and a school program that teaches children about Greenwich Village history and architecture; issues such as preservation of the Village waterfront and expansion of the Greenwich Village Historic District; Preservation projects that promote an understanding of the Village’s historic importance, Greenwich Village History Project; Consultation services.GVSHP serves the community as historian, educator, archival resource, and technical consultant.
Hispanic Geneology Society of NY
This website of the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York is a non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing genealogy to Hispanic Americans. Headquartered in New York City. Helps researchers discover their histories while bringing together a common heritage.
Historic Districts Council
In New York City, The Historic Districts Council is the only city-wide grassroots organization singularly dedicated to these communities and the Landmarks Law that protects them. This site lets visitors know about where and how to learn about preservation of historic sites.
Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history. Emphasizes materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and actively involve students in analyzing and interpreting evidence. Its MANY PASTS section contains primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of "ordinary" Americans throughout U.S. history. All of the documents have been screened by professional historians and are accompanied by annotations that address their larger historical significance and context. Entering “New York City” in search feature brings up many documents.
History News Network
A site oriented toward the intersection and interrelation of history and current events in New York and the world.
History of New York's Chinatown
A brief recounting of the history of CHinatown, from its origins to its present-day character. Includes links to suggested further reading.
Inventing Gotham: New York City and the American Dream
A virtual tour of New York City constructed for and by eleventh and twelfth grade students at the Fieldston School in the Bronx, NY. The website is a central piece of the students’ research for a history course called “Inventing Gotham: New York City and the American Dream.” The homepage of the site has two main parts. On the left you will find course materials for the students. On the right is an interactive map of New York City neighborhoods, where the students are posting historical presentations and literary journals that they are creating for the course.
Jacob A. Riis:The Battle with the Slum (1902)
Riis's 1902 Battle with the Slum published on the web complete with some illustrations and footnotes.
The website of the Jewish Museum. Very attractive site with information on the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions and other features like "Dining at the Jewish Museum" which highlights some Jewish recipes.
Leon Dolice's New York: A Nostalgic Look at Old New York
Leon Dolice (1892-1960) was an artist who spent the last forty years of his life recording the landmarks, streets and people of New York City. This web site is an historical tour of the changes that took place in New York's architecture during this period -- from the 1920's through the 1950's. Here you'll see many images of the artist's work that show these changes.
Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research
Established in 1988 to carry out urban research both comparative and historical in scope, the Center honors the tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship established by Lewis Mumford(1895-1990). Mumford was a native New Yorker internationally recognized as one of the most distinguished urbanists of the 20th Century. By promoting broad-based collaboration among urban scholars from a variety of fields and geographic settings, the Center's mission is to further Mumford's ideal of local involvement with global vision. To this end, Center projects and activities range from international urban conferences (July 1999 in Shanghai), to local planning initiatives, to national endeavors examining urban change over time. (ONe featureof the site offers detailed census info from 2000 that can be sorted for a number of different variables.
Louis Armstrong House and Archives
Access to and information on the Armstrong archives, Held by Queens College, and the soon to be open to the public Louis Armstrong House. Recordings, letters, photos, etc. See site for physical address and appointments.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum's site features program information and various visitor resources, including online ticketing. The site also has interactive features about the Museum's tenement building, immigration history and urban housing issues.
Medieval New York
This site has text and pictures about the examples of medieval architecture extant right in New York City. A fairly exhaustive survey of the city's churches with links to other non-NY medieval resources.
Moving Uptown: 19th Century Views of Manhattan
A large New York Public Library collection of images and text from the 19th century.
Music Radio 77 WABC
A lite site where you can find things like the top forty songs from decades past, when AM radio used to rule the airwaves and actually played music.
NEW YORK: THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
The eighth episode of filmmaker Ric Burns' award-winning series New York: A Documentary Film examines the rise and fall of the World Trade Center -- from its conception in the post-World War II economic boom, through its controversial construction in the 1960s and 1970s, to its tragic demise in the fall of 2001 and extraordinary response of the city in its aftermath.
To see the outakes from Mike Wallace's interview click here
To read Mike Wallace's comments on the online forum click here
To see a trailer for the program click here
A site that had its beginnings as the City celebrated 100 years of consolidation into greater NYC. The site has historical information about the people and the places and events that ahve given life to the past century in New York.
Hisorical overviews of all major NYC parkways, highways, bridges, expressways, etc. (Also has the same info on roads concerning Connecticut and New Jersey.
NYPL Phtography Collection
Visual NYC history via online access to part of the vast collection of images held by the Public Library.
New Deal Network
A broad range of research tools and general resources about the New Deal and progressive politics generally, including a detailed section on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire.
New Netherland Project
The New Netherland Project was established under the sponsorship of the New York State Library and the Holland Society of New York. Its primary objective is to complete the transcription, translation, and publication of all Dutch documents in New York repositories relating to the seventeenth - century colony of New Netherland. This unique resource has already proven invaluable to scholars in a wide variety of disciplines. It also serves to heighten the general awareness of the major Dutch contributions to America over the centuries and the strong connections between the two nations.
/ / The New Netherland Project is supported by the New York State Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Friends of New Netherland, and most recently by a grant from the Prins Bernhard Fonds.
New York Area Roads, Crossings and Exits
Profiles historic development of highways, bridges and tunnels in the New York metropolitan area. Highlights works of New York's "master builder," Robert Moses.
New York City Francophone
"Where to find" in the New York City Area: links and resources for the French-speaking commmunity.
New York City Subway Resources
"Mainly subway nostalgia and minutiae." Not the site for fares and schedules (that's mta.nyc.ny.us) but offers historically interesting, out of the way information about the subway system. Includes features like a line by line visual tour... Several links for those interested in mass transit in general or NY transit in particular.
New York History Net - Historians
A list of academics and non-academics "with an interest in study or interpretation of New York History."
New York Marble Cemetery
Site about the history and inhabitants of New York's first non-sectarian burial ground, founded in 1831.
New York Public Library Online
Access to most of the resources that you get by actually going to the library. It can be a little tricky to check out books and the like (you need special software and a library card) but the site can be extremely useful for locating research materials or just browsing around the massive holding of the NYPL. There are great features of special projects like the "Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project". Thousands of links.
New York Songlines
The New York Songlines are a virtual walking tour providing a block-by-block description of Manhattan--including notable events, residents and buildings. Currently focused on the Villages and lower Midtown.
New York Underground
A brief diagram of the underside of New York streets.
New York's World Trade Center: A Living Archive
This site centered on the history, aesthetics and culture of the WTC, begun before the events of September 11, 2001 now has an even more immediate relevance. Essays, photographs, links and more...
New york Public Library - stereograph collection
An online digital collection of 19th century stereographs, which are paired photographs that appear three-dimensional when viewed through a stereoscope. All the stereographs are imges of NY, NJ, and CN. Over 5000 images.
OldNYC.com (Old New York City) is a web page that explores some of the many facets of New York City's transportation infrastructure. OldNYC.com takes the visitor on a tour of city's transportation past, by way of several virtual tours. This site examines the abandoned and little used railroad lines in New York City. The web site also examines the routes of planned but never constructed expressways that were to serve the New York City area.
Preserve and Protect
Lots and lots of information on historical preservation in the City and the surrounding area. Photos, links to other websites, and updates on current preservation projects. A very useful site as a starting point for work having anything to do w/ preservation.
A site for the study of history, technology and politics of rail transit in NYC.
Rhapsodies in Black
Site on black cutlure with emphasis on exploring and interpreting Harlem Renaissance themes and personalities.
Seneca Village Online
This site has a host of historical features that allow interaction with the history of the land and people that made up the pre-Civil War village of Seneca, previously on the upper West Side. It had been home to many free blacks and some Irish and was razed to build Central Park in 1857. Lots of good historical links too.
TACTICAL MEDIA Virtual Case Book: 9-11 and After
9-11 and After: A Virtual Case Book is a prototype for a planned series of what we are calling "virtual case books" (VCB), each organized around a key area of cultural activism in which tactical media play a central role. Because tactical media practices (see definitions) are inherently responsive, interactive, and constantly evolving, we chose a format that would make it possible to capture the specificity of such developments in different political and cultural contexts. We have also taken advantage of the interactivity offered by web-based forms of publication, enabling us to invite others to join an ongoing conversation, and allowing readers to simultaneously access, analyze and respond to the ideas, images, resources, and the multitude of links contained in the VCB.
Test Your WNY-Q
WNYC is New York City's public radio station. One page of its multi-faceted web site features a quiz about New York City, covering a variety of topics. To locate, go to the web site, click on Arts and Ideas, and scroll to Test Your WNY-Q. Check out the whole web site too.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Website
The pictures here are a little small and a little grainy, but Visitors to the site can see visual documenation of the cathedral being built and read the story of this hundred year old architectural work.
The Croton Water System
The story of how water gets to NYC mixed in with the history of an upstate town called Southeast.
The Five Points Site
Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous nineteenth-century New York neighborhood. And interdisciplinary site devoted to explaining the connections between history and archaeology as well as to telling the story of one of NYC's most infamous neighborhoods.
The History of the Upper West Side
Immigration, architecture, government and politics and more in this brief synopsis of the Upper West Side.
The Life and Times of Henry Hudson
This is a collection of data about, and a chronology of the life and voyages of English explorer, mariner and adventurer, Henry Hudson, as well as some additional notes on his times, contemporaries and his crew.
The Tenant Movement in New York City, 1904-1984
An online history relating the housing and tenant issues of the 20th century. Indexed.
The Tenant Movement in New York City, 1904-1984
Extensive overviews of tenant groups, rent resistance, rent control and the fluctuating balance of power between renters and landlords ov er the course of the 20th century.
Triangle Factory Fire
Urban History Association
The Urban History Association was founded in Cincinnati in 1988 for the purpose of stimulating interest and forwarding research and study in the history of the city in all periods and geographical areas. The site is devoted to Urban History and provides general information and links along with lots on specific metropoitan areas, including NYC.
Vintage City Maps
Historical maps of NYC from several perspectives and time periods.
Virtual Tour of the Historic South Village
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has kicked off its campaign to seek historic district designation for the South Village--the undesignated areas south of Washington Square and West 4th Street composed largely of tenements and modest houses which were the home to countless immigrants for many generations. As part of the campaign, they also launched our Virtual Tour of the Historic South Village. It will be regularly updated as our research and documentation progresses.