As the boon of the postwar economy declined and the civil rights movement began to build momentum, the late 60s would prove to be a time of change. The skyline loses one of its icons in the form of the Singer Building in 1968. It is the tallest structure ever demolished at the time. The Jacob Javits Federal Building and Gulf and Western building were constructed. The New York Mets win their first World Series title, defeating the Baltimore Orioles in five games. The Beatles also performed at Shea Stadium, to a packed crowd of fans.
Pedestrians crowd the intersection of Main And Nassau Streets at U. S. Custom House on 28 Wall Street in Downtown Manhattan.
Aerial photograph of a ticker tape parade for astronauts Virgil Grissom and John Young (seated in last car with Vice President Humphrey).
Photograph of a packed floor at the New York City Stock Exchange on Wall Street.
A bird's eye view of the future site of the World Trade Center. An excavator is seen clearing and leveling land and preparing the foundations of the Twin Towers.
Photograph showing wall supports for the foundations of the World Trade Center.
Photograph of 149 Broadway, The Singer Building Facade from the southeast.
A photograph taken by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the soon to be demolished Singer Tower at 149 Broadway.
Photograph taken from Broadway, looking up towards the Singer Building.
Photograph of the Singer Tower close up, taken from the west.
Photograph of marchers carrying banner and leading the way as 15,000 attend a solidarity march in Harlem.
Photograph of The Dakota Apartments, located at 1 West 72nd Street, Central Park West.
Photograph of the The Dakota Apartments taken from a corner in Central Park West.
Photograph firectly across the street from buildings and cars parked on Second Avenue.
Cars parked in front of Fraunces Tavern Block, Bounded by Pearl, Water & Broad Streets & Coenties Slip.
Photograph of cars and buildings on Second Avenue and East 41st Street.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.