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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.
[Aerial view of Lower Manhattan.]

[Aerial view of Lower Manhattan.]


Tempo of the City I

Tempo of the City I

Fifth Avenue and 44th Street.

Parks, City Hall and Buildings.

Parks, City Hall and Buildings.

City Hall Park, City Hall and the Post Office; skyline beyond includes the Woolworth Building and the...

Hester Street. The Street, the school children's only playground.

Hester Street. The Street, the school children's only playground.

Daytime foot traffic on Hester Street.

Broadway - gatan och Radhuset i New York

Broadway - gatan och Radhuset i New York

Original watercolor drawing by Baron Klinckowstrom

A South Prospect of Ye Flourishing City of New-York in the Province of New York, North America

A South Prospect of Ye Flourishing City of New-York in the Province of New York, North America

Copied for D. T. Valentine. Reduced from the original Copy, which is 6 Feet 6 in in length and 28 in...

Flushing Meadow

Flushing Meadow

Earlier in his career the photographer went by the name Paul Anthony.

Kissena Park

Kissena Park

Earlier in his career the photographer went by the name Paul Anthony.

Hudson River Looking South from Mt. St. Vincent.

Hudson River Looking South from Mt. St. Vincent.


Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians


Nieuw Amsterdam ofte Nue Nieuw Iorx opt ' Teylant man

Nieuw Amsterdam ofte Nue Nieuw Iorx opt ' Teylant man


The Castello Plan. New Amsterdam in 1660.

The Castello Plan. New Amsterdam in 1660.

1916 reproduction.

Stadthuys of New York in 1679.

Stadthuys of New York in 1679.


Coenties Slip [Central Park West to Coenties Slip]

Coenties Slip [Central Park West to Coenties Slip]

Lower Market. 1720. | J. Clarence Davies Street Views Scrapbook

Wall Street [Wall Street]

Wall Street [Wall Street]

Wall Street, near Pearl Street. ca. 1653. Showing the early city wall. | J. Clarence Davies Street Views...

View From McGown's Pass

View From McGown's Pass

Looking Toward Harlem - About 1842. Durand, Pinxt. Aikman, Sc. Society of Iconophiles.

View of the House in New Utrecht L.I.

View of the House in New Utrecht L.I.

Lith of A.Brown, 9 & 11 Thames St. N.Y. for Henry McClosky's Manual for 1866.

A View of Fort George with the City of New York from the Southwest

A View of Fort George with the City of New York from the Southwest

I. Carwitham Sculp lower right. Printed for Carrington Bowles Map & Printseller at No. 69 in St. Paul's...

Pulling Down the Statue of George III by "The Sons of Freedom".

Pulling Down the Statue of George III by "The Sons of Freedom".

At the Bowling Green of New York July 1776. Painted by Johannes A. Oertal. Engraved by John C. McRae....

New-York from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn

New-York from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn

This panoramic view of the harbor shows the variety of vessels popular at the time, with Governor's Island...

[Ships at dock, with Brooklyn Bridge in background.]

[Ships at dock, with Brooklyn Bridge in background.]


"Sweepstakes"

"Sweepstakes"

The painting depicts the clipper ship "Sweepstakes" which was built in the New York yard of Jacob A....

Junction of the Bowery and Broadway 1828

Junction of the Bowery and Broadway 1828

Painted from memory, Browere depicts the junction at Union Square as it appeared in 1828 facing south....

DeWitt Clinton

DeWitt Clinton

Artist attributed.

This Map of the City of New York and Island of New York as laid out by the Commissioners appointed to the Legislature

This Map of the City of New York and Island of New York as laid out by the Commissioners appointed to the Legislature

Map of Manhattan Island as surveyed by three commissioners appointed by Governor George Clinton in 1806:...

A Frontier Settlement.

A Frontier Settlement.


Panoramic View of New York

Panoramic View of New York

From the East River. | The vessels drawn by J. Pringle. Printed by W. Neale.

Bird's-Eye View of the City of New York

Bird's-Eye View of the City of New York

Bird's eye view of Manhattan from Brooklyn.

Novelty Iron Works

Novelty Iron Works

J. Penniman del. Lith. of Endicott. 22 John St. N. York. Foot of 12th St. E.R. New York. Stillman, Allen...

[331 Pearl Street.]

[331 Pearl Street.]


The Bay and Harbor of New York

The Bay and Harbor of New York


View of Brooklyn Heights with Underhill's Colonnade Buildings from the River

View of Brooklyn Heights with Underhill's Colonnade Buildings from the River

Engd. by T. S. Woodcock. Brooklyn LI.

[Looking north on Broadway from near Spring Street.]

[Looking north on Broadway from near Spring Street.]


Wall Street

Wall Street

New - York. Drawn from nature by Aug. Köllner. New - York & Paris, published by Goupil & Co. Lith. by...

Herald Square, About 1900.

Herald Square, About 1900.

Herald Square with men lining the curb and a woman walking away from the camera; the elelvated subway...

Broadway and 22nd Street.

Broadway and 22nd Street.


[Broadway North from 38th St.]

[Broadway North from 38th St.]

The corner of Broadway and 38th Street. Pedestrians and a street lamp are visible.

[At 84th Street, looking south.]

[At 84th Street, looking south.]


Street Scenes - 1900, Sixth Ave. Near 18th St.

Street Scenes - 1900, Sixth Ave. Near 18th St.

The 6th Avenue entrance to Siegel Cooper Co. dry goods store at 18th Street. Well-dressed female pedestrians...

[The Terrace, Central Park.]

[The Terrace, Central Park.]


Central Park--Summer 1865.

Central Park--Summer 1865.


[View from the roof of George Ehret's home at Park Avenue and 94th Street.] Looking west. Shows the Metropolitan Museum of Art [and Cleopatra's Needle] and the 86th Street Station of Harlem Division o

[View from the roof of George Ehret's home at Park Avenue and 94th Street.] Looking west. Shows the Metropolitan Museum of Art [and Cleopatra's Needle] and the 86th Street Station of Harlem Division o


Front View of New York Pier, Brooklyn Pier in the Background

Front View of New York Pier, Brooklyn Pier in the Background


View of Footbridge and Cradles, East River Bridge

View of Footbridge and Cradles, East River Bridge


[Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.]

[Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.]


[Brooklyn Bridge.]

[Brooklyn Bridge.]

The Brooklyn Bridge Promenade taken facing Manhattan. A dozen or so pedestians walk across the bridge....

Madison Sq. Park Cab Stand, 1901.

Madison Sq. Park Cab Stand, 1901.

Street scene with two women walking north on Fifth Ave. near the park; hansom cabs line the street, Fifth...

[House of John Jacob Astor, Northeast Corner of Fifth Avenue and 65th Street.]

[House of John Jacob Astor, Northeast Corner of Fifth Avenue and 65th Street.]

The residence of John Jacob Astor at the northeast corner of 5th Ave. and 65th St. A streetlamp and...

Looking North on 5th Ave. from 51st St. N.Y. [Fifth Avenue Vanderbilt Residences on the Left].

Looking North on 5th Ave. from 51st St. N.Y. [Fifth Avenue Vanderbilt Residences on the Left].

Looking north on 5th Ave. from 51st St. with the William H. Vanderbilt II residences prominent on the...

Street Vendors Orchard Street 1898 at Hester Street, Looking South.

Street Vendors Orchard Street 1898 at Hester Street, Looking South.

A crowd of people on Orchard Street, lined with street vendors.

Bottle Alley Mulberry Bend in its worst days, picture used as evidence in murder case -- cross on stairs shows where murderer stood and did shooting.

Bottle Alley Mulberry Bend in its worst days, picture used as evidence in murder case -- cross on stairs shows where murderer stood and did shooting.


Social Functions, James Hazen Hyde Ball.

Social Functions, James Hazen Hyde Ball.

A group at the James Hazen Hyde Ball, January 31, 1905 including, Mrs. Sidney Smith, P.A. Clark, Mrs....

Social Functions - Dinner - Given by or for Harrison Grey Fiske Winter 1900-1901.

Social Functions - Dinner - Given by or for Harrison Grey Fiske Winter 1900-1901.

Group portrait of twenty-two men seated around a large dining table at a dinner given by or for Harrison...

[Family in room in tenement house.]

[Family in room in tenement house.]


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