New York Miscellany

Here’s a bunch of interesting stuff I’ve come across online that’s more about New York City than it is about Tribeca per se.

••• The Tenement Museum—if you like history at all and you’ve never been, you really should go, because it’s wonderfully done—has an image library on its website. The accompanying text for the above image: “Black and white photograph of Roger Joseph and former 97 Orchard Street resident Jane Ann Veronica Hanraghan née Moore in 1937. The child of Irish immigrants Joseph and Bridget Moore, Jane lived at 97 Orchard Street in 1869.” (via Manhattan User’s Guide)

••• is a rundown of all the free wi-fi in New York City. (also via Manhattan User’s Guide, which has a most excellent daily email)

••• Here’s how the Wall Street Journal described the aerial photography at NYCityMap: “City cartographers have added aerial photos from 1951 to NYCityMap, a tool that lets users find city services and information about buildings (Metropolis HQ on Sixth Avenue is 1.9 million square feet, we’ve learned). Until earlier this month, only aerial photos from 1924, 1996, 2006 and 2008 were available. The new images fill a big gap in the city’s history.” Search a Tribeca address, and then click on the camera icon. I chose to look at the west side in 1951; I would’ve loved to see what it was like when Washington Street ran all the way through the area. (I probably came across this on Curbed)

••• A friend on Facebook recommended the site Sepiatown, a user-generated database of historical images. The 1913 image above is labeled as “Varick and Moore,” and it’s courtesy of the New York Transit Museum (um, obviously).

••• The Department of City Planning recently launched an interactive waterfront map to help people find waterfront areas. (This is less relevant for Tribecans, no doubt, but it’s still kind of cool, especially when you compare it to what the waterfront was like in 1951, as per NYCityMap, above.)


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