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Photographs
The Photography Collection at the Museum of the City of New York consists of more than 300,000 prints and negatives that document New York City and its inhabitants from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Some of New York's earliest photographic views are represented in the waxed-paper negatives of Victor Prevost, and the proliferation of the medium is exemplified by the Byron Collection of more than 22,000 images chronicling New York life from 1892 through 1942. The collection is a major repository of several noted photographers, including Jacob A. Riis, whose photographs reveal the Lower East Side's poverty and squalor in the late nineteenth century; Berenice Abbott's stunning Changing New York, a WPA photographic project, documents New York City in the 1930s. Additionally, the Museum's voluminous holdings incorporates the LOOK Magazine photographic archives and includes the work of commercial photographic firms such as Irving Underhill, George P. Hall and Sons, Wurts Brothers, Gottscho-Schleisner, and photographic work commissioned by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White.
Untitled [The demolition of Pennsylvania Station, 1964-1965.]

Untitled [The demolition of Pennsylvania Station, 1964-1965.]


Cllinton Court

Cllinton Court

Laundry hanging out to dry on Clinton Court.

[Asian American traditional theatrical performance.]

[Asian American traditional theatrical performance.]


[Man examining merchandise, street hat vendor]

[Man examining merchandise, street hat vendor]


St. Nicholas Avenue, south from 181st Street.

St. Nicholas Avenue, south from 181st Street.


St. Mark's Hospital.

St. Mark's Hospital.


Fifth Avenue at 25 Street [at dusk]

Fifth Avenue at 25 Street [at dusk]


Trinity Churchyard.

Trinity Churchyard.

Two men sitting on a bench in Trinity Churchyard.

Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses


Half Moon in procession, Hudson-Fulton Celebration

Half Moon in procession, Hudson-Fulton Celebration


[Perhaps East 27th Street, exterior view.]

[Perhaps East 27th Street, exterior view.]


Untitled [Man smoking a cigarette near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.]

Untitled [Man smoking a cigarette near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.]


Changing New York [Elevated view of 50th Street and Park Avenue.]

Changing New York [Elevated view of 50th Street and Park Avenue.]


Mrs. Joseph Widener

Mrs. Joseph Widener


[West 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.]

[West 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.]


Broadway and West 39th Street.

Broadway and West 39th Street.

Image from Transit System Survey.

West Street [showing a row of shops and a billboard for Cremo Cigars]

West Street [showing a row of shops and a billboard for Cremo Cigars]


Frederick Pearce [Pierce] Budden, in the uniform of the New York Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Frederick Pearce [Pierce] Budden, in the uniform of the New York Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Contains letter from donor

Factory, 10th Ave. & 36th St.

Factory, 10th Ave. & 36th St.


Monument to the heroes of Washington Heights who died in the World War. Situated at 168th Street and Broadway.

Monument to the heroes of Washington Heights who died in the World War. Situated at 168th Street and Broadway.


[The Woodlawn Hotel, Bronx]

[The Woodlawn Hotel, Bronx]


Older woman looking into store,  Madison Avenue between 96th and 97th Sts.

Older woman looking into store, Madison Avenue between 96th and 97th Sts.


Fifth Av. & 56 St. S.W. cor.

Fifth Av. & 56 St. S.W. cor.


Bronx Street Scene

Bronx Street Scene


N.Y. Public Library, 5th Ave and 42nd St. in snowstorm, Saturday Night.

N.Y. Public Library, 5th Ave and 42nd St. in snowstorm, Saturday Night.

The New York Public Library the night of March 6, 1915 in the snow.

[Eartha Kitt at a cast party for "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952".]

[Eartha Kitt at a cast party for "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952".]


[Couple embracing on Coney Island beach.]

[Couple embracing on Coney Island beach.]


Admiring the Cluster of Newly Hatched Chicks in a Pet Shop Window.

Admiring the Cluster of Newly Hatched Chicks in a Pet Shop Window.


Penn Station [People waiting for soldiers' return from World War II.]

Penn Station [People waiting for soldiers' return from World War II.]


Theme Center (Perisphere and Trylon)

Theme Center (Perisphere and Trylon)


Harlem River at 132nd Street.

Harlem River at 132nd Street.

Image from Transit System Survey.

149th Street and Morris Avenue.

149th Street and Morris Avenue.

Image from Transit System Survey.

[Van Cortlandt Lake.]

[Van Cortlandt Lake.]


[Van Cortlandt Park.]

[Van Cortlandt Park.]


Colonel George Peck Giving Pointers on Flying to Joe Louis.

Colonel George Peck Giving Pointers on Flying to Joe Louis.


Street Conversations [Two men talking.]

Street Conversations [Two men talking.]


Street Conversations [Man adjusting his tie on the sidewalk.]

Street Conversations [Man adjusting his tie on the sidewalk.]


Street Conversations [Two men talking on the street.]

Street Conversations [Two men talking on the street.]


Street Conversations [Three women talking on the street.]

Street Conversations [Three women talking on the street.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey bringing laundry to the laudromat.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey bringing laundry to the laudromat.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey bringing laundry to the laudromat.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey bringing laundry to the laudromat.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey climbing a fence.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey climbing a fence.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey getting pigeons out of a cage.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey getting pigeons out of a cage.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey drinking soda.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey drinking soda.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey and his friend on a stoop.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey and his friend on a stoop.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Portrait of Mickey and a friend.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Portrait of Mickey and a friend.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey and other children on the sidewalk.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey and other children on the sidewalk.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey and a friend buying hot dogs.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey and a friend buying hot dogs.]


Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey with his shoe shine stand.]

Shoe Shine Boy [Mickey with his shoe shine stand.]


Burl Ives [Burl Ives performing.]

Burl Ives [Burl Ives performing.]


Burl Ives [Burl Ives performing in a bar.]

Burl Ives [Burl Ives performing in a bar.]


Beaux Arts Ball [Members of the Architectural League of New York putting on makeup at a costume party.]

Beaux Arts Ball [Members of the Architectural League of New York putting on makeup at a costume party.]


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