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New York Illustrated by Camera: Manhattan in the 1930s

August is a time for traveling, and so with the city full of visitors this month, we’re turning our attention to the outsider lens on New York, circa 1930. Recently, … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Dinner on Horseback

We have written about quite a few dinners and parties of the Gilded Age on this blog but I don’t think many top C.K.G. Billings’s Horseback Dinner held at Sherry’s Hotel and … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Smoking, Drinking, and Governing: Archaeology of the Lovelace Tavern

In early 1980, a team of archaeologists led by Nan Rothschild and Diana Wall uncovered several meters of burned floor-boards just a few feet below-surface on Pearl Street between Broad Street and Coenties … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

An American Pioneer in Photojournalism: Jessie Tarbox Beals

March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate women’s contributions to our history, culture, and society.  This month provides the perfect opportunity to highlight some of these female … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Buffalo Bill’s New York

Running up and down Brooklyn’s Seventh Avenue in 1894, little boys snatched their mothers’ clotheslines, fashioning them into lassoes to rope their younger sisters [1]. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show was … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Notable City Residences

8,336,697 people lived in New York City as of July 2012 according to the United States Census Bureau, and a lucky few of them live in fascinating places. Here we … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Street clocks – how New Yorkers kept time on the go.

Street clocks once dominated the sidewalks of New York City. First introduced in the 1860s, the clocks quickly became popular with businesses looking for novel ways to advertise and with … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alfred E. Smith – the people’s politician?

This week, we have a  guest post from one of the interns who worked with us over the summer, Karis Raeburn, who has since returned to Dayton, Ohio, where she … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

What skating rink is that? Who lived in that house? Solving mysteries in the collection.

From time to time, the Collections Department receives inquiries from the public about the information associated with images we’ve cataloged online.   The data in the catalog records is pulled from … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Aftermath of a Fire in the Lower East Side

Chartered in 1875, the Manhattan Railway Company operated elevated train lines in Manhattan and the Bronx. In 1879, it leased elevated lines running along Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Avenues … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Berenice Abbott and Elizabeth McCausland in a “Changing New York”

This week, we have a  guest post from our fabulous archival intern, Suzanna Calev, who is currently obtaining a double Master’s Degree in Library Science with a concentration in Archives … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 5 Comments

Ghosts of the 6 Train

New York City’s vast transit system is in a constant state of flux, expanding to fill the needs of underserved areas and simultaneously contracting due to budget cuts or obsolescence. … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Apartment That Wasn’t

John Williams Campbell was born in Brooklyn in 1880 into a well-to-do family. His father was treasurer of the Credit Clearing House, a credit bureau for merchandise wholesalers. At the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

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