In May 2015, Brooklyn-based developer Dan Vanderkam launched  OldNYC  providing history and NYC fans a new way to experience NYPL’s Photographic Views of New York City collection and discover the history behind the places New Yorkers see everyday.

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Walking Tour on Upper West Side NYC , April 3rd

It’s warming up, you wanna get back out and enjoy the neighborhood and here is a great way to do it. Landmark West will lead you through the exploration of the architecture of the Upper West Side with a walking tour from West 85th to 103rd streets, Broadway to Riverside Drive.
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OldNYC Maps Historical Photos

For me, the history of NYC is what makes this city a romantic place to live. Not romantic as in romance (though, it is that too) but romantic in the way that, around a corner, if you look with your eyes wide open, you’ll find a slice of history that adds to the experience of living in New York City.


Super genius (IMHO) software engineer Dan Venderkam recently launched OldNYC, a collection of tens of thousands of images of New York City dating back to the 1920s and even earlier, each plotted on an interactive map at their point of capture. Find your street corner and click on the red dot to see what it looked like 100 years ago.

The images come from New York Public Library, where Vanderkam has been working with library staff since early 2013. Users of OldNYC click on a point on the map to bring up a list of images showing what was once there. The images all come from the New York Public Library’s Milstein Collection. While many photographers contributed to the collection, the majority of its images are the work of Percy Loomis Sperr, who documented changes to the city from the late 1920s to the early 1940s.(see more on this below)

Users are encouraged to flag inaccuracies and add their own anecdotes about the snapshots on the map, crowdsourcing personal insight into the city’s history – I’ve already added to my block!  Read more

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Re-Opens

This is going to be a “must attend” for our family…
On Saturday, October 27, the American Museum of Natural History is re-opening one of its greatest treasures: the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.

The recently restored two-story Memorial — which includes the iconic Central Park West façade, Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall — serves as New York State’s official memorial to its 33rd Governor and the nation’s 26th President. The Hall includes a new exhibition charting Roosevelt’s journey from budding naturalist to an elected leader committed to conservation.

Long before he was President and placed some 230 million acres of land under federal protection, Roosevelt was a boy whose father helped to found this Museum. And Roosevelt’s ongoing relationship with Museum scientists, such as ornithologist Frank Chapman, helped seed the American conservation movement. The museum and wing have a wonderful collection thanks to the Roosevelt’s.

Read more: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/theodore-roosevelt-memorial