At the dawn of another decade, New York’s expansion and cultural influence show no signs of slowing. The New York Public Library’s main branch was completed and just a few blocks away, Grand Central Terminal was rebuilt to a luxurious standard, moving thousands of commuters a day. Pennsylvania Station – an architectural marvel in its own right was also completed during this time, along with The North River Tunnels which would connect New York with New Jersey.
Photo shows Fifth Avenue on Easter day, March 23, 1913. New York Public Library on left and spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral in distance.
An aerial perspective of Columbus Circle and Central Park, looking south. The Circle Theater is visible in the foreground.
Photograph of a street vendor selling newspapers and magazines on Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park.
Photograph of a crowded scene at Union Square for May Day - an ancient festival of spring celebrated by European cultures.
Photograph shows overhead view of crowds tightly packed into Union Square for May Day.
Photograph shows lines of circus elephants followed by clowns in a parade looking north on 8th Avenue at West 48th Street.
A photograph of Yankees president Frank Farrell making a presentation to team manager Harry Wolverton.
Photograph showing an aerial perspective of Polo Grounds, where the NY Highlanders have taken the field.
Photograph of spectators enjoying a Yankees game at the Polo Grounds.
Photograph shows baseball players Christy Mathewson (New York NL) (center) and Jeff Tesreau (New York NL) (left) during a 1913 World Series game.
An excellent overhead view of the front facade of Ellis Island's Immigration Station with a boat docked in front.
A derby-topped gentleman observing the harbor form the observation roof on one wing of the Immigration Station.
A bird's eye view of Manhattan's famous skyline, including the Singer Building and the newly completed Woolworth Building.
New York Public Library as seen from a building across intersection of East 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, showing the front and east facades, as well as automobile and pedestrian traffic.
Welcome to the History of New York City - A Unique Online Gallery of NYC's Origins, Curated and Digitally Restored by Fine Print New York.
We're opening our archives to present this Collection of Vintage Photos, Historical Images and Rare Lithographs. This Exclusive Series of High Quality Art Prints are only Available for Purchase Exclusively on this Site.
Joseph Gornail, printer/photographer and founder of Fine Print New York. Joseph grew up in SoHo, Manhattan and is part of a long lineage of NYC printers, learning the family trade from his grandfather. While working for Dolo Records/Stretch Armstrong in 1996, Joseph founded All City Marketing & Printing, and in 1999 Co-Founded the legendary street wear company "Orchard Street " with lifelong friends Benjamin Holloway and Greig Bennett. Fine Print NYC was established in 2004 with a Nike project being the launchpad for a commercial printing company that has not only survived, but thrived in the digital age.
Steven Garcia, designer/illustrator and creative director of Fine Print New York. Born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Steven attended Fashion Industries High School and F.I.T. before building a successful career at Saatchi & Saatchi for as a professional retoucher and storyboard artist in 1995. Steven started ShinyDesign in 1998 and partnered with Fine Print in 2004 as the exclusive design firm for the company. Steven has independently worked on major advertising campaigns for many brands over the years, such as Snapple, The Waldorf Astoria and Sony to name a few.
Together, Joseph & Steven are responsible for the curation and direction of the History101.nyc project, which has been under development since 2006. They have a long history of collaborating together, going back as far as 2001 when Joseph was gallery manager and Steven was a curator at The New York City Urban Experience, an art gallery & museum that was located at 85 South Street and owned by Mike Saes of the Nike Bridge Runners and True Yorkers.
We cover a great portion of the city's history, ranging from its earliest days as New Amsterdam to the late 1980s. Artists are currently working on photos from the 90s to present day,
Here's a current list of what is covered:
There are currently 714 photos, lithographs, illustrations and maps on this site. Each one has been digitally restored and cleaned up by hand, which makes this collection truly unique.
Digital licenses are available for educational institutions (schools, universities, non-profit organizations). Please contact email@example.com to discuss conditions for licensing.
NOTE: Any form of commercialization or redistribution of these images, either as tangible goods or third party licenses, is expressly forbidden.
History101.nyc is an ad-free and non-profit learning resource. We do not sell prints of these images. All operational costs are covered by Fine Print NYC
Absolutely! Feel free to send us an email with a preview of the image and we will let you know if it's a good fit for the archives.
We welcome any feedback that you may have. If it proves to be historically accurate the changes will be reflected on the site shortly after our correspondence.
We have collaborated with NYC's Municipal Archives, The Tenemant Museum, Bronx Historical Society and a number of prominent NYC photographers to produce a series of limited edition postcards which free of charge, but only available via street distribution, primarily in Manhattan.
Yes, we can repair, restore and cleanup your old family photos, slides and negatives. You can either send us the digital files or the original photos to be professionally scanned.
We can restore just about any level of damage or signs of aging, within reason. As long as most of the photo is intact we cn work with it. The one flaw we cannot fix is source material that is blurry. A poorly take photo can only be improved so much.
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This project is dedicated to exploring New York’s fascinating heritage through the restoration of vintage photographs and prints.