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Timescapes
Timescapes, the Museum’s award-winning short documentary, explores how New York City grew from a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans into the metropolis we know today, and features animated maps and archival photographs, prints, and paintings from the Museum’s collections. Now expanded and updated, the film's final chapter captures the astonishing – if sometimes challenging – transformations the city has experienced in the first decades of the 21st century.
[Slum Interior, 1896.]

[Slum Interior, 1896.]


Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.


Mrs. W. B. Astor's Ballroom 1894 350 Fifth Avenue

Mrs. W. B. Astor's Ballroom 1894 350 Fifth Avenue

The ballroom in the Mrs. W. B. Astor residence; upholstered sofas and chairs, many framed works of art...

Baby in slum tenement, dark stairs--it's playground.

Baby in slum tenement, dark stairs--it's playground.


Portrait, Lillian Russell at Home, Interiors of Residence.

Portrait, Lillian Russell at Home, Interiors of Residence.


Caroline Slidell Perry Belmont (Mrs. August Belmont, Sr.)

Caroline Slidell Perry Belmont (Mrs. August Belmont, Sr.)


"I Scrubs." Katie , who keeps house in West Forty-ninth Street.

"I Scrubs." Katie , who keeps house in West Forty-ninth Street.


Grant's Tomb.

Grant's Tomb.

Seven African-American men on the steps of Grant's tomb on Riverside Drive.

[American Museum of Natural History.]

[American Museum of Natural History.]


[Washington Square Arch at night.]

[Washington Square Arch at night.]


[Madison Avenue and 26th Street.]

[Madison Avenue and 26th Street.]


[Columbia University.]

[Columbia University.]

Printed in 1998 from a photograph taken 1905-1920.

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

The New York Public Library taken from the northeast corner of 5th Ave. and 42nd St.

Painted From Queensboro Bridge During Snow Storm on St. Patrick's Day 1910

Painted From Queensboro Bridge During Snow Storm on St. Patrick's Day 1910


[Bird's eye view of Coney Island.]

[Bird's eye view of Coney Island.]


The New Metropolis

The New Metropolis

1600 - Memorable Events of Three Centuries - 1900. From the Island Mana-hat-tan to Greater New York At...

[Jerome Avenue and 212th Street.]

[Jerome Avenue and 212th Street.]


Street Scene Looking South down Broad St. from Wall St.

Street Scene Looking South down Broad St. from Wall St.

View from Wall Street down Broad Street; New York Stock Exchange building in foreground.

Skyline of N.Y.

Skyline of N.Y.

Above looking west along Wall Street; Stock Exchange and Singer Tower visible.

[Times Building, 1904.]

[Times Building, 1904.]


The Woolworth Building.

The Woolworth Building.


Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, New York.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, New York.


Park Row Building, New York.

Park Row Building, New York.


Flatiron Building, New York City.

Flatiron Building, New York City.


Broadway North from Liberty Street, New York City.

Broadway North from Liberty Street, New York City.


Steerage - S.S. "Pennland", Red Star Line.

Steerage - S.S. "Pennland", Red Star Line.

Immigrants in the steerage section of the S.S. Pennland, wrapped in blankets on the deck of the ship....

Immigrant Landing Station, New York.

Immigrant Landing Station, New York.


[Mulberry Street.]

[Mulberry Street.]

Printed in 1997 from a photograph taken around 1900.

[Mulberry Street.]

[Mulberry Street.]


Immigration, Ellis Island, Ellis Island Landing, Immigration scenes.

Immigration, Ellis Island, Ellis Island Landing, Immigration scenes.

Immigrant women and children on the sidewalk at Mott and Park Streets with American Express Co. office...

Pike and Henry Streets

Pike and Henry Streets

Pike Street between Henry and Madison Streets, showing tenements with the Manhattan Bridge in the background....

Williamsburg Bridge Approach, N.Y.

Williamsburg Bridge Approach, N.Y.


Queensboro Bridge Under Construction.

Queensboro Bridge Under Construction.


New East River Bridge Tower

New East River Bridge Tower


Holing Through

Holing Through

This scene depicts the underground construction of the Independent Subway (IND) Eighth Avenue line that...

[Interborough Field and Hedley Hall from 242nd Street, west of Broadway.]

[Interborough Field and Hedley Hall from 242nd Street, west of Broadway.]

Printed in 1998 from an earlier photograph taken around 1916.

Luna Park

Luna Park

View of Luna park at night lit up with many lights.

Coney Island - 1896.

Coney Island - 1896.

People at Coney Island; a ferris wheel and roller coaster are visible.

Miss Jackson, Bath Beach.

Miss Jackson, Bath Beach.


Bathing, Manhattan Beach.

Bathing, Manhattan Beach.


Sports, Bathing, Midland Beach.

Sports, Bathing, Midland Beach.


Race Tracks, Sheepshead, Finish of Race.

Race Tracks, Sheepshead, Finish of Race.

The finish of a horse race at Sheepshead Race Track; grand-stands and crowd visible.

Skating, Van Cortlandt Park.

Skating, Van Cortlandt Park.

People on a frozen lake at Van Cortlandt Park.

Roof Garden, Paradise atop Hammersteins Victoria, Now Rialto.

Roof Garden, Paradise atop Hammersteins Victoria, Now Rialto.

The seating area of the Paradise Roof Garden theater, on top of Hammerstein's Victoria, New York City....

Plays, "Twiddle-Twaddle".

Plays, "Twiddle-Twaddle".

Photographs, Prints & Drawings; Photographs, Prints & Drawings

Ted Marks' St. Patricks Concert, American Theatre, March 15th 1903.

Ted Marks' St. Patricks Concert, American Theatre, March 15th 1903.


Hotel Astor, Exteriors, Bldg. and roof garden scenes.

Hotel Astor, Exteriors, Bldg. and roof garden scenes.


Penn. R.R. Station from Macy's Building

Penn. R.R. Station from Macy's Building


Penn Station interior

Penn Station interior


Grand Central Depot, Park Ave & 42nd St

Grand Central Depot, Park Ave & 42nd St


Grand Central Station exterior

Grand Central Station exterior

Exterior view of the south side of Grand Central Terminal with the Helmsley Building (formerly the New...

[Inside Grand Central Terminal.]

[Inside Grand Central Terminal.]


Children on a Harlem Doorstep.

Children on a Harlem Doorstep.


Village Art Gallery, 6 1/2 Sheridan Square, Jessie Tarbox Beals in doorway

Village Art Gallery, 6 1/2 Sheridan Square, Jessie Tarbox Beals in doorway


Tea Room, The Village Art Gallery, Lunch a la Paris, France

Tea Room, The Village Art Gallery, Lunch a la Paris, France


Patchin Place

Patchin Place

Off West 10th Street between Sixth and Greenwich Avenues, viewed from the porch of no. 6, near the entry...

Linn Shop,  181 West Fourth

Linn Shop, 181 West Fourth


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