Severe outbreaks of yellow fever from 1798 to 1822 chased some...
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:10am

Severe outbreaks of yellow fever from 1798 to 1822 chased some New Yorkers out of congested downtown neighborhoods and into the relatively pastoral area known as Greenwich. The map above shows the...

New York City photographer Harold Roth was best known for his...
Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:09am

New York City photographer Harold Roth was best known for his street scenes like this 1937 image of a rainy day in the Bronx. You can find more of his work in our Digital Collections. Harold Roth. ...

The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, was first...
Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:02am

The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, was first published in 1910. Edited by W. E. B. Du Bois, the magazine spoke to a national audience about the organization’s protests and campaigns...

At a vigil in Union Square following the September 11 attacks,...
Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:02am

At a vigil in Union Square following the September 11 attacks, thousands of people contributed fingerprints to a series of paintings called Memorial. Artists Ted Lawson and Michael Kervel...

We’re celebrating New York Fashion Week with the...
Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:28am

We’re celebrating New York Fashion Week with the original supermodel: Evelyn Nesbit. When she arrived in New York in 1900, she was sought after by both artists and photographers, and her face...

On September 5, 1887, workers from New York City and nearby...
Mon, 09/03/2018 - 9:48am

On September 5, 1887, workers from New York City and nearby areas marched in a Labor Day parade organized by the Central Labor Union. While it was the labor movement’s sixth annual parade in the...

New Yorkers have been enjoying Shakespeare since the 18th...
Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:44am

New Yorkers have been enjoying Shakespeare since the 18th century, and any record of the city’s Shakespeare productions is sure to provide a window into the cultural life of a given time period...

Anyone else want to hang out in the 1900 New York City...
Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:02am

Anyone else want to hang out in the 1900 New York City sewer? These are just a few of the images that have been scanned recently during our project to digitize the Subway Construction Photograph...

In 1965, Ray Bradbury’s “The Kilimanjaro Machine” became just...
Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:41am

In 1965, Ray Bradbury’s “The Kilimanjaro Machine” became just the twelfth piece of fiction to be published by Life. The story, which features a time-traveling truck, was the author’s tribute to...

From 262nd Street in the Bronx to the southern tip of Manhattan,...
Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:11am

From 262nd Street in the Bronx to the southern tip of Manhattan, Caleb Smith photographed every block along Broadway on July 29, 2001. The 254 images form a diverse yet coherent portrait of New...

Ethel Barrymore was born on August 15, 1879 in Philadelphia. As...
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:08am

Ethel Barrymore was born on August 15, 1879 in Philadelphia. As a girl she dreamed of being a concert pianist, but she was barely a teenager when she had to leave school to join her family on stage....

The oldest printed book in our collection is Pope Gregory...
Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:02am

The oldest printed book in our collection is Pope Gregory I’s Moralia printed in Basel in 1496. How did we end up with it? In short, it was a gift to the city from a French ventriloquist. Read the...

The 1880s: George Post’s Produce Exchange building signals the...
Wed, 08/08/2018 - 2:08pm

The 1880s: George Post’s Produce Exchange building signals the arrival of metal frame construction, which means that skyscrapers are coming to New York. The 1980s: Skyscrapers might be getting out...

The 1680s: “You are in His MEJESTY’s [sic] Name Required,...
Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:08am

The 1680s: “You are in His MEJESTY’s [sic] Name Required, sometime in the Month of August next ensuing, to make a List of all the male Persons in the same town…”The 1780s: “GREAT BRITAIN...

In 1927 an ornate pair of high-rise apartment hotels appeared on...
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:18am

In 1927 an ornate pair of high-rise apartment hotels appeared on the southeastern corner of Central Park. Standing on opposite sides of 59th Street, they seemed to complement each other. The Sherry...

Before he was known for his photography, Bill Cunningham was...
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:07am

Before he was known for his photography, Bill Cunningham was making inventive hats under the moniker William J. In scrapbooks from the 1950s and 1960s, he chronicled his career in millinery with...

The first scientific work published in Cuba was Antonio Parra’s...
Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:01am

The first scientific work published in Cuba was Antonio Parra’s 1787 book, which focused primarily on aquatic animals found near the island. While Parra lacked formal academic training, the...

Coffee, the beautiful plant of the warm, luxurious Southland;...
Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:01pm

Coffee, the beautiful plant of the warm, luxurious Southland; coffee that is so indomitable that it bears leaf and flower and fruit at the one time; coffee, the delectable beverage that carries...

The competition was fierce at William Carey Camp, where young...
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:17am

The competition was fierce at William Carey Camp, where young members of the Boys’ Club of New York enjoyed all kinds of games in the Long Island sunshine. The camp was established in 1902 as a...

The wood planks of the Coney Island Boardwalk were designed to...
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:26am

The wood planks of the Coney Island Boardwalk were designed to accommodate two kinds of traffic: pedestrian and rolling chair. The sections with diagonal planks forming a chevron pattern were...

The cultivation and general appreciation of strawberries...
Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:11am

The cultivation and general appreciation of strawberries increased greatly during the 19th century as culinary fashion and improved shipping methods brought the berry to kitchens and gardens...

From California, to the New York island…“Redwood Hwy...
Wed, 07/04/2018 - 9:45am

From California, to the New York island…“Redwood Hwy 1821″ and “View of Park Avenue, Taken from N.Y. Central Bldg”. circa 1930s. Postcard File. New-York Historical Society. 

Orchard Beach, 1912George Stonebridge. Bathers on the beach;...
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:25pm

Orchard Beach, 1912George Stonebridge. Bathers on the beach; Boats on the sound; Breakers off Long Island Sound. glass negatives. New-York Historical Society.

The conflict between nationalist and communist China was...
Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:02am

The conflict between nationalist and communist China was difficult to navigate for Henry Luce, the founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc.’s influential publications. Luce was born in China and...

Ahead of the New York City Pride March this weekend, here is a...
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:48pm

Ahead of the New York City Pride March this weekend, here is a look back at the event from a few decades ago. The 19th Gay and Lesbian Pride March took place June 26, 1988. Along with the...

Our new exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham documents the...
Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:02am

Our new exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham documents the career of the influential fashion photographer with a wide range of material that includes video, scrapbooks, and of course photographs...

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag at 239 Arch...
Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:07am

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag at 239 Arch Street in 1776? Probably not, but by the end of the 19th century, plenty of people believed that she did. The legend of Betsy Ross,...

The botanical specimens pressed within Rufus King’s copy of...
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:28am

The botanical specimens pressed within Rufus King’s copy of Arbustrum Americanum are a reminder of the personal histories that books carry with them. Plant matter, however, is something of a...

Happy National Best Friends Day! (This is a day for dogs,...
Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:16am

Happy National Best Friends Day! (This is a day for dogs, right?)William Hassler.  Barefoot boy [William Gray Hassler?] plays with dog on the shore of a river or lake. circa 1910. New-York...
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