The cityscape of New York is always changing--familiar customs and landmarks disappear, and others take their place.

What was the City of the past like?

The links below lead to resources that are heavily or entirely visual. All but two are organized by decade.

Please be sure to use these resources in conjunction with the New York City page, and also Blogs & Columns, and the National Register of Historic Places-NYC sections, which may be found on the NYC Architecture and History page.

Use the links below to jump to the decade / topic you would like to explore.

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17th & 18th centuries

1800 ....1810 ....1820 ....1830 ....1840 ....1850 ....1860 ....1870 ....1880 ....1890

1900 ....1910 ....1920 ....1930 ....1940 ....1950 ....1960 ....1970 ....1980 ....1990

2000 ....22010

Not decade specific ....Museums that help to visualize NY in years past

 


Not decade specific

. . ..Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
..............Image Archive

. . ..Landmarks Preservation Movement PBS Treasures of NY video,
..........tracing the history of the NY City Landmarks Commission, founded in 1965,
..........the landmarks law, some of the fine NYC buildings that were torn down, and
..........others that were saved.

. . ..Past Tense An hisorical storytelling project of the New York Times, related
..........to the digitizing of the NY Times morgue, which includes a photo library
..........of about 6,000,000 images.

. . ..Ten great New York period films by Christina Newland, A list of
..........films, 1933 - 2015, with a brief article about each one. The Bowery (1933),
..........Heaven can Wait (1943), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Age of
..........Innocence (1993), and more. British Film Institute website.

. . ..University of South Carolina Moving Image
. . . ... .. Research Collection: New York City
..........An array of films of NYC, going back to the 1920s--just a portion of
..........the University of South Carolina's vast collection

Museums that help us to visualize NY in years past

........Alice Austen House
................PBS MetroFocus film:
................Explore Alice Austen House, a Treasure of Staten Island
........
Frick Collection
................Earliest known photos of the Frick mansion
........Historic House trust
........Historic Richmond Town
........Museum of the City of New York
.............PBS Treasures of NY video: Museum of the City of NY
........Museum at Eldridge Street
.............PBS - NYC Arts video:
................The Eldridge St. Synagogue & Museum
........New York Historical Society
........New York Transit Museum
........South Street Seaport Museum
.............South Street Seaport:
................The Tall Ships - PBS Sunday Arts video
................Bowne & Co. Stationers - PBS NYC Arts video
........Tenement Museum
.............PBS Sunday Arts video: The Tenement Museum
.. .....Weeksville Heritage Center
................PBS film: Uncovering NYC:
................NYC’s First Free Black Communities - Weeksville

17th & 18th centuries
. . ..From New Amsterdam to NYC Views of New Amsterdame
..........contrasted with views from the same places in today's NYC
..........(NYC Department of Records and Information Services)

. . ..New Amsterdam Stories A Digital Dig to link 17th century
..........records between Amsterdam and New York City
..........(NYC Department of Records and Information Services)

1800
. . ..
City of Memory: William Chappel's Views of Early 19th c. NYC
..........Images from the Metropolitan Museum's 2017 exhibition.
..........For more info about Chappel and his paintings see pp. 440-449 of
..........Caldwell, J., & O. R. Roque, American Paintings in The Metropolitan
..........Museum of Art. Vol. 1, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born by 1815
..........This book is available free online.

. . ..The Grange, completed 1802, Alexander Hamilton's home
................ Big Old Houses Blog, by John Foreman .

. . ..Manhattan 1800 -- Big Old Houses Blog, by John Foreman

1810 ...

1820 .

1830

. . ..Bartow-Pell Mansion, built between 1836 and 1842
.........."Through a Glass, Darkly" Big Old Houses Blog, by John Foreman
..........Bartow-Pell Mansion is now a Museum in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY
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1840 ..

. . ..Bartow-Pell Mansion, built between 1836 and 1842
.........."Through a Glass, Darkly" .Big Old Houses Blog, by John Foreman
..........Bartow-Pell Mansion is now a Museum in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY

1850

1860

. . ..Trip Through The Tenement Museum - 1863-1935
..........An engaging behind the scenes tour of the Tenement Museum,
..........discovered in 1988 by the founders as a time capsule: Condemned in.
..........1935, the floors above the storefronts were untouched for 53 years. The
..........Museum and staff tell the story of several families who lived in the building.
..........Video published by Business Insider ...

1870

. . ..Building the Statue of Liberty,1875-1886
..........200,000 pounds of copper and some frantic fundraising. Sculptor Frédéric
..........Auguste Bartholdi, inspired by the emancipation of slaves in the United
..........States --and also wanting to create a gift from France to the U. S.--built
..........the colossal statue called Liberty Enlightening the World. To help with
..........fundraising, parts of the statue were displayed at the Centennial Exposition
..........in Philadelphia and at the 1878 Paris World's Fair
. . ... . Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..Ten & Taller: 1874-1900 Skyscraper Museum Online exhibit:
..........Early Manhattan skyscrapers ....

. . ..Trip Through The Tenement Museum - 1863-1935
..........An engaging behind the scenes tour of the Tenement Museum,
..........discovered in 1988 by the founders as a time capsule: Condemned in.
..........1935, the floors above the storefronts were untouched for 53 years. The
..........Museum and staff tell the story of several families who lived in the building.
..........Video published by Business Insider ..

1880

. . ..Building the Statue of Liberty,1875-1886
..........200,000 pounds of copper and some frantic fundraising. Sculptor Frédéric
..........Auguste Bartholdi, inspired by the emancipation of slaves in the United
..........States --and also wanting to create a gift from France to the U. S.--built
..........the colossal statue called Liberty Enlightening the World. To help with
..........fundraising, parts of the statue were displayed at the Centennial Exposition
..........in Philadelphia and at the 1878 Paris World's Fair
. . ... . Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..The Great Blizzard, 1888
..........The power of the "Great White Hurricane": Five feet of snow, and 50-foo
..........snowdrifts closed down the City
..........Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild

. . ..New York in Motion ca. 1884-1904
..........Freezing the City that Never Sleeps. Photographer Wallace G. Levinson
..........made good use of the (then) newer and more sensitive films that allowed
..........faster shutter speed and more effective capture of New Yorkers in motion. ..
. . ... .
Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..Ten & Taller: 1874-1900 Skyscraper Museum Online exhibit:
..........Early Manhattan skyscrapers ....

. . ..Trip Through The Tenement Museum - 1863-1935
..........An engaging behind the scenes tour of the Tenement Museum,
..........discovered in 1988 by the founders as a time capsule: Condemned in.
..........1935, the floors above the storefronts were untouched for 53 years. The
..........Museum and staff tell the story of several families who lived in the building.
..........Video published by Business Insider ..

. . ..Vintage New York City Blizzards 1888 - 1920
..........Photos New York City streets, people, and horses in heavy snow.
..........NY Times Past Tense, curated by Eric Moskowitz

1890

. . ..Humans of (old) New York: .Documenting the
. . ... . ..street life of Victorian NYC. In 1896 photographer Alice Austen
. . ... . ..embarked on the (then) unusual project of taking photos of ordinary
. . ... . ..New Yorkers. Austen's home on Staten Island, Clear Comfort, is
. . ... . ..now a museum. Retronaut, curated by Amanda Uren

. . ..Jacob Riis: Photographer who showed "How the
..........Other Half Lived" 1890s
..........A selection of photos by Riis: Bandit's Roost, An Old Rear Tenement in
..........Roosevelt Street, Bunks in a Seven-Cent Lodging House, Room in a
..........Tenement, Home of an Italian Ragpicker, Street Arabs in their Sleeping
..........Quarters, and more. My Modern Met, curated by Kelly Richman-Abdou.
..........Riis's book, How the Other Half Lives, is available free online

. . ..Life of a City: Early Films of NY, 1898-1906
..........45 films: 25 by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company;
..........20 by the Edison Company. Emigrants arriving at Ellis Island,
..........NYC "Ghetto" Fish Market, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Parade, and more.
..........Library of Congress

. . ..New York in Motion ca. 1884-1904
..........Freezing the City that Never Sleeps. Photographer Wallace G. Levinson
..........made good use of the (then) newer and more sensitive films that allowed
..........faster shutter speed and more effective capture of New Yorkers in motion. ..
. . ... .
Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..Ten & Taller: 1874-1900 Skyscraper Museum Online exhibit:
..........Early Manhattan skyscrapers ....

. . ..Trip Through The Tenement Museum - 1863-1935
..........An engaging behind the scenes tour of the Tenement Museum,
..........discovered in 1988 by the founders as a time capsule: Condemned in.
..........1935, the floors above the storefronts were untouched for 53 years. The
..........Museum and staff tell the story of several families who lived in the building.
..........Video published by Business Insider ..

. . ..Vintage New York City Blizzards 1888 - 1920
..........Photos New York City streets, people, and horses in heavy snow.
..........NY Times Past Tense, curated by Eric Moskowitz

1900

. . ..Boarding School Girls at Coney Island, 1905
..........In this film by the Edison Company, students from Miss Knapp's
..........Select School travel to Coney Island, and enjoy swimming and
..........the delights of Dreamland, Steeplechase Park, and more

. . ..Life of a City: Early Films of NY, 1898-1906
..........45 films: 25 by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company;
..........20 by the Edison Company. Emigrants arriving at Ellis Island,
..........NYC "Ghetto" Fish Market, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Parade, and more.
..........Library of Congress

. . ..New York City Photochroms, ca. 1900:
. . ... . ..The Big Apple, in (nearly) natural color
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Davide Lovison

. . ..New York in Motion ca. 1884-1904
..........Freezing the City that Never Sleeps. Photographer Wallace G. Levinson
..........made good use of the (then) newer and more sensitive films that allowed
..........faster shutter speed and more effective capture of New Yorkers in motion. ..
. . ... .
Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..Trip Through The Tenement Museum - 1863-1935
..........An engaging behind the scenes tour of the Tenement Museum,
..........discovered in 1988 by the founders as a time capsule: Condemned in.
..........1935, the floors above the storefronts were untouched for 53 years. The
..........Museum and staff tell the story of several families who lived in the building.
..........Video published by Business Insider .

. . ..Vintage photos show the spectacle that was
... .. .....Coney Island circa 1900 .
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

1910

. . ..7 East 95th Street, Manhattan, completed 1916
... .. ....."Ducal New York" Big Old Houses Blog, by John Foreman
. . ... . ..Contains panels from the famous library of Federico da Montefeltro,
. . ... . ..Duke of Urbino. The building, with much of the original owners'
. . ... . ..furniture is now the Episcopal retreat center, the
. . ... . ..House of the Redeemer, where you can stay overnight, or attend events

. . ..The battle ship in Union Square, 1917-1920
... .. .....Building the USS Recruit in the heart of New York City. Toward the
... .. .....end of WWI the US Navy built a wooden recruitment ship that "sailed"
... .. .....in Union Square for 3 years, manned by sailors.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Amanda Uren.

. . ..Beggars of New York, 1910s
... .. .....Images from the collection of the Library of Congress
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

. . ..Billboard photograph collection, ca. 1918-1934
... .. .....Billboards of NYC, from the collection of the NY Historical Society

. . ..Ellis Island Immigrants, ca. 1910 Portraits photographed by
... .. .....Augustus Francis Sherman, Ellis Island chief registry clerk. The
... .. .....article contains a link to other photos by Sherman, that are in the
... .. .....collection of the New York Public Library.
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

. . ..Grand Central Station, current building opened 1913
. ... . ..History of Grand Central Station: design and construction, earlier
. ... . ..buildings, going from steam to electric trains, the folks who passed
. ... . ..through the station, plenty of vintage photos and footage.
. ... . ..PBS American Experience film.

. . ...Main Street of Manhattan, 1911
............If Google Street view existed in 1911 . . .
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
..........Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
..........watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild

. . ...Passengers arriving for the RMS Lusitania, 1915
. . ... . .."Film of passengers arriving for the ill-fated RMS Lusitania leaving
. . ... . ..from Pier 54 in New York City on May 1, 1915"
. . ... . ..Speed corrected, with added sound, by Guy Jones

. . ..Pristine restoration of a nine minute silent film of
. . ... . ..NYC street life from 1911
. . ... . ..Staff of the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern shot this
. . ... . ..documentary as part of a series of films of famous places.
. . ... . ..This version of the film has been slowed down to natural speed, with
. . ... . ..sound added. The article by Jason Kottke also contains a link to the
. . ... . ..original silent film, which is in the Collection of MoMA

.......Prospect Park Carousel, 1912
. . ... . ..Carved by Charles Carmel, and originally at Coney Island, the carousel
. . ... . ..was moved to Prospect Park in 1952. Two earlier Prospect Park
. . ... . ..carousels had been destroyed by fire by 1935. PBS Treasures of NY
. . ... . ..video. For more info re: carousels, see the website of the
. . ... . ..National Carousel Association

. . ..A Ride on the Sixth Avenue Elevated, 1916
. . ... . ..Footage by Henry Ford's cameramen, Henry Ford Film Collection at
. . ... . ..the National Archives. Edited and narrated by Richard Boylan

. . ..Rise and Fall of Penn Station, Building completed 1910
. . ... . ..The history, engineering, and destruction of a magnificent public space.
. . ... . ..PBS American Experience film. There's a movement afoot to
. . ... . ..follow established precedents and rebuild Penn Station

. . ..Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 1911
. . ... . ..Labor unrest and the deadly fire: 146 garment workers died, leading
. . ... . ..to stronger safety laws and better working conditions.
. . ... . ..PBS American Experience film.

. . ..Vintage New York City Blizzards 1888 - 1920
..........Photos New York City streets, people, and horses in heavy snow.
..........NY Times Past Tense, curated by Eric Moskowitz

 

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1920

. . ..Billboard photograph collection, ca. 1918-1934
... .. .....Billboards of NYC, from the collection of the NY Historical Society

. . ..Bombing of Wall Street, 1920
. . ... . ..A 95-year-old cold case--Terrorism on Wall Street: Whodunit? An
. . ... . ..explosion of 100 pounds of dynamite that sent 500 pounds of scrap
. . ... . ..metal flying left 38 people and one horse dead, with 148 injured.
. . ... . ..Shrapnel marks still deface the facade of 23 Wall Street.
. . . .. . Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

. . ..Browning Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1938
... .. .....Photos of NYC and vicinity by Irving Browning and his photography
... .. .....company, from the collection of the NY Historical Society

. . ..Construction: IND 8th Avenue Subway Line, 1929
. . ... . ..Sound footage of the painters and construction crews of the IND
. . ... . ..line, captured by Movieton's staff two years before the IND opened.
. . ... . ..The camera crew used magnesium flares for lighting, filling the
. . ... . ..scene with smoke. Published by Speed Graphic Film and Video;
. . ... . ..editing by Richard Boylan

. . ..Driving through Broadway at Daytime, 7 Dec 1929
. . ... . .."Footage of the New York City theater district taken with early
. . ... . ..Movietone sound cameras." Edited and published by Guy Jones

. . ..Early Sound [film] footage of NYC, 1928
. . ... . .."Collection of everyday scenes in New York City . . . taken with the
. . ... . ..early Movietone sound cameras." Staten Island Ferry, Salvation Army
. . ... . ..parade, demolition of a building, Chinatown parade, dice game in
. . ... . ..Harlem, and more. Edited and published by Guy Jones

. . ..Harlem Fashion Show, 1929
. . ... . ..Film with sound, and commentary on the garments by the models
. . ... . ..who wear them.

. . ..Jane's Carousel, built 1922
. . ... . ..Originally gracing Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, the carousel
. . ... . ..came to NYC in 1984, after Idora Park was sold for real estate
. . ... . ..development. Artist Jane Walentas worked on restoration for 27
. . ... . ..years, and the carousel opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011
. . ... . ..For more info re: carousels, see the website of the National
. . ... . ..Carousel Association

. . ..New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
..........Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
..........watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

. . ..New York Central trains 1928-1929
. . ... . ..Train departs from Peekskill (Hudson Valley) heading toward NYC,
. . ... . ..and by minute 5:30 of the film, we see the train at street level, going
. . ... . ..through NYC traffic, directed by a policeman!
. . ... . ..Published by Speed Graphic Film and Video, edited by Richard Boylan

. . ..Ninth Avenue Elevated, 1929
. . ... . ..A ride on the Ninth Avenue Elevated train, narrated, with some
. . ... . ..earlier footage as well. The 1929 footage is by Fox Movietone's
. . ... . ..newsreel cameramen. Editing and narration by Richard Boylan

. . ..Old New York & Coney Island 1925
. . ... . ..16mm film taken by a Dutch couple. Published by Michael Rogge

. . ..Radio Row, Cortlandt St., Manhattan, 1929
. . ... . ..Radio and electronic stores flourished on part of the future site of
. . ... . ..the World Trade Center. The Movietone News cameras captured not
. . ... . ..only the sights, but the sound of loudspeakers blaring in the street.
. . ... . ..Edited by Richard Boylan

. . ..Vintage New York City Blizzards 1888 - 1920
..........Photos New York City streets, people, and horses in heavy snow.
..........NY Times Past Tense, curated by Eric Moskowitz

1930

. . ..A 102-year-old Harlem Renaissance dancer sees her
. . ... . ..young self on film for the first time 1930, 1940s
. . ... . ..Dancer Alice Barker--now in a nursing home--shares memories
. . ... . ..while viewing vintage films of her self performing in the 1930s & 1940s.
. . ... . ..Washington Post

. . ..1930s Harlem, New York City (Speed corrected w/ soundtrack)
. . ... . ..This short film shows us street scenes of Harlem, and a visit to the
. . ... . ..famous Cotton Club, with brief clips of Duke Ellington and his band.
. . ... . ..Recommended by British Pathé

. . ..Billboard photograph collection, ca. 1918-1934
... .. .....Billboards of NYC, from the collection of the NY Historical Society

. . ..Browning Photograph Collection, circa 1920-1938
... .. .....Photos of NYC and vicinity by Irving Browning and his photography
... .. .....company, from the collection of the NY Historical Society

. . ..Empire State Vertigo, c. 1930s
. . ... . ..Building the then-world's tallest building, one rivet at a time
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild

. . ..Guide to Club-Hopping in Harlem, 1932. M. Barton
. . ... . ..A light-hearted map recently acquired by Yale's Beinecke Library
. . ... . ..shows us the star attractions of the Harlem club scene
. . ... . ..with lively illustrations and plentiful editorial comments.
. . ... . ..Don't forget to look carefully at a large image of the map...

. . ..Lower East Side slums, 1934
. . ... . .."Street scenes in a tenement housing area in New York City on
. . ... . ..October 15-22, 1934." Shot with with early Movietone sound cameras.
. . ... . ..Edited and published by Guy Jones

. . ..New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
..........Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
..........watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

. . ..New York City Streets - Great Depression, 1930
. ... . ..Al Smith at a newsboys' lodging house, Fire engines in the street
. ... . ..Mary Rizzo dances down Broadway, Market on Henry Street, and more
. . ... . .Edited and published by Guy Jones

. . ..Straus Park on West 106th St., 1930
. ... . ..Children play, and sing "Sur le Pont d'Avignon" and "Here We Go
. ... . ..Round the Mulberry Bush" on 9 January 1930. Shot with an early
. ... . ..Movietone sound camera. Edited and published by Guy Jones

1940

. . ..A 102-year-old Harlem Renaissance dancer sees her
. . ... . ..young self on film for the first time 1930, 1940s
. . ... . ..Dancer Alice Barker--now in a nursing home--shares memories
. . ... . ..while viewing vintage films of her self performing in the 1930s & 1940s.

. . ..Daily Life in NYC - 1940s
. . ... . ..Street scenes: Baseball practice, a pushcart fish vendor, Mining
. . ... . ..the Hotel Ansonia for metal for the war effort, Military parade and
. . ... . ..tanks on 5th Avenue, and more. My Modern Met.
. . ... . ..Curated by Jessica Stewart

........Fulton Fish Market, 1943: Don't slip on the cod guts..
. . ... . ..
From 1822 to 2005 the Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan
. . ... . ..was The Place to buy seafood. Photos by Gordon Parks .......
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

........A Night at O'Reilly's Bar, 1942
. . ... . ..Good times in wartime at a New York bar. Photojournalist Marjory
. . ... . ..Collins, working for the Office of War Information shot a series of
. . ... . ..photos showing sailors on shore leave enjoying a night of drinking,
. . ... . ..dancing, and hanging out at O'Reilly's on 3rd Avenue.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

.... ...New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
. . ... . ..Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
. . ... . ..watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

.... ...New York on D-Day: 6 June 1944
. . ... . ..As the "Great Crusade" begins, New Yorkers wait in suspense
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

........New York neon nights, 1940s - 1950s
. . ... . ..The city lit by "liquid fire." Invented in the early 20th c., and dimmed
. . ... . ..in NYC during WW2, neon lights blazed after the war. Architect
. . ... . ..turned photographer Andreas Feininger (1906-1999) a series of New
. . ... . ..York neon signs by night for LIFE magazine.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild
.
........
NYC Subway: Stanley Kubrick ca. 1946
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild

........Sammy's Bowery Follies, c. 1945
. . ... . ..Booze, bums and ballads at the world's greatest dive bar. "From 8
. . ... . ..in the morning until 4 the next morning Sammy’s is an alcoholic
. . ... . ..haven for the derelicts whose presence has made the Bowery a
. . ... . ..universal symbol of poverty and futility. It is also a popular stopping
. . ... . ..point for prosperous people from uptown who like to see how the
. . ... . ..other half staggers." (Life Magazine, 1944)
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

........Tax photograph collection - ca. 1940
.............."Photographs of every building in the 5 boroughs, ca. 1940,
..............taken for tax assessment purposes." NYC Municipal Archives.

........Todd Webb's New York: 1945-1960:
. . ... . ..The postwar city through a newcomer's lens
. . ... . ..Encouraged by Alfred Steiglitz, photographer and WW2 veteran
. . ... . ..Todd Webb captured the vibrant street life of NYC.
. . ... . ..Webb: "Life goes on about me, and I am a living breathing
. . ... . ..part of it. I feel things, the people, the buildings, the streets,
. . ... . ..and I have something to say about them . . . "
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

........Window and store displays, NYC, ca 1940-1959
. . ... . ..An album in the collection of the New York Historical Society
.

1950

.......New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
. . ... . ..Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
. . ... . ..watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

........New York neon nights, 1940s - 1950s
. . ... . ..The city lit by "liquid fire." Invented in the early 20th c., and dimmed NY
. . ... . ..during WW2, neon lights came into their own after the war. Architect
. . ... . ..turned photographer Andreas Feininger (1906-1999) a series of New
. . ... . ..York neon signs by night for LIFE magazine.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild

........Todd Webb's New York: 1945-1960:
. . ... . ..The postwar city through a newcomer's lens
. . ... . ..Encouraged by Alfred Steiglitz, photographer and WW2 veteran
. . ... . ..Todd Webb captured the vibrant street life of NYC.
. . ... . ..Webb: "Life goes on about me, and I am a living breathing
. . ... . ..part of it. I feel things, the people, the buildings, the streets,
. . ... . ..and I have something to say about them . . . "
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

........Window and store displays, NYC, ca 1940-1959
. . ... . ..An album in the collection of the New York Historical Society

1960

........The Gritty NY Subways: 1960s-1970s
. . ... . ..Photos by Swiss photographer Willy Spiller, My Modern Met,
. . ... . ..curated by Jessica Stewart. ...V

........Kids watching the Thanksgiving parade, 1961
... .. .....It was 1961 and Bullwinkle J. Moose made his first appearance.
... .. .....Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade was first held in 1924.
... .. .....In 1961, Bullwinkle was the first balloon featured in the event.
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

.......New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
. . ... . ..Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
. . ... . ..watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

1970

........The Gritty NY Subways: 1960s-1970s
. . ... . ..Photos by Swiss photographer Willy Spiller, My Modern Met,
. . ... . ..curated by Jessica Stewart. ...

.......New Year's in Times Square, 1920s - 1970s
. . ... . ..Since 1907, What is New Year's Eve without celebration and
. . ... . ..watching the ball drop in Times Square?
... .. .....Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild..

........NYC's Village Halloween Parade,1970s - 1980s
. ... . ..The origins of New York's most culturally significant (and spooky)
. . ... . ..parade. Begun in 1974 by puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee,
. . ... . ..the annual Halloween Parade now is more than a mile long.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild

........New York cafeterias, 1975-1985
. ... . ..Bygone centers of coffee, conversation, and community. Photos by
. ... . ..street photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

........'Urban Color,' 1975-1988
. ... . ..Vivid visions of the American metropolis: New York & Chicago.
. ... . ..Images by photographer Wayne Sorce.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild, text by Alex Q. Arbuckle

1980

........Back-seat hijinks: Brooklyn limousine portraits- 1989....
. . ... . ..
Photographer Kathy Shorr became a Brooklyn limo driver to
. . ... . ..facilitate her project of documenting working-class New Yorkers
. . ... . ..as they traveled to and from festive occasions. Article includes
. . ... . ..links to an interview with Shorr, and to her website.
. . ... . ..The Guardian, curated by Kathryn Bromwich

........Brooklyn Bridge Centennial - Fireworks 1983
. . ... . ..A brief clip of the magnificent fireworks display by Grucci, including
. . ... . ..the waterfall of fire that poured down from the bridge.

........NYC's Village Halloween Parade,1970s - 1980s
. ... . ..The origins of New York's most culturally significant (and spooky)
. . ... . ..parade. Begun in 1974 by puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee,
. . ... . ..the annual Halloween Parade now is more than a mile long.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Chris Wild

........'Urban Color,' 1975-1988
. ... . ..Vivid visions of the American metropolis: New York & Chicago.
. ... . ..Images by photographer Wayne Sorce.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Wolfgang Wild, text by Alex Q. Arbuckle

1990

........NYC in 1993 in HD - DTheater DVHS Demo Tape
. ... . ..Street scenes of NYC: an early example of high definition video.
. ... . ..The video, posted by YouTube Pedant, is accompanied by a
. ... . ..short article containing links to more resources with technical info.

........'Once in Harlem,' 1990s
. ... . ..An outsider's entry to an American neighborhood. Japanese
. ... . ..photographer and student of Diane Arbus Katsu Naito photographed
. ... . ..his Harlem neighbors.
. . ... . ..Retronaut, curated by Alex Q. Arbuckle

2000

2010
. . ..Jane's Carousel, Opened 2011
. . ... . ..Built in 1922, and originally gracing Idora Park, Youngstown,
. . ... . ..Ohio, the carousel came to NYC in 1984, after Idora Park was sold
. . ... . ..for real estate development. Artist Jane Walentas worked on
. . ... . ..restoration for 27 years, and the carousel opened in
. . ... . ..Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011. PBS NYC Arts video
. . ... . ..For more info re: carousels, see the website of the National
. . ... . ..Carousel Association

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