The early 1980s marks a drastic transition as the City enjoys another decade of prosperity while the exodus of middle class residents to suburban areas has radically altered the demographic. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opens, as does the Helmsley Palace Hotel and Limelight nightclub. Much of the City is still in shambles but signs of recovery are everywhere as neighborhoods rebuild and New Yorkers find more opportunities in a growing economy.
Aerial photograph of the Empire State Building and Manhattan's skyline with Queens and Brooklyn visible in the background.
Aerial photograph of World Trade Center Buildings Number 1 and 2, commonly known as the Twin Towers.
Aerial Photograph of Lower Manhattan's skyline, prominently featuring the World Trade Center.
Aerial photograph above the East River Shows the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges with Midtown's skyline visible in the distance.
Photograph of Governor's Island with the World Trade Center visible in the background.
Photograph of the Hudson River and West end of Pier A, Battery Place, New York City.
Photograph of South Street Seaport Museum, Block bounded by John, South, Fulton, & Front Streets.
Photograph of the Wonder Wheel and Carousel ride at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
Photograph of Brooklyn's City Hall, located at209 Joralemon Street, Kings County New York.
Photograph of Surrogates Court, located at 31 Chambers Street in lower Manhattan.
Photograph of New York City Hall and City Hall Park taken from the southeast.
Photograph of New York City Hall's North elevation and City Hall Park.
Photograph of the Chamber of Commerce Building, located on 65 Liberty Street.
A Historic American Buildings Survey photograph showing east and north elevations of the William J. Matheson Building at 145-155 John Street.
Photograph of traffic in South Street Seaport with the Woolworth Building visible in the background.
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.
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:
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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.
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This project is dedicated to exploring New York’s fascinating heritage through the restoration of vintage photographs and prints.