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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]


John B. Stetson Company, 475 Fifth Avenue.

John B. Stetson Company, 475 Fifth Avenue.


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


Street Conversations [Woman walking down the street.]

Street Conversations [Woman walking down the street.]


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.]


Orchard Beach Catering Corp., Orchard Beach, Bronx.

Orchard Beach Catering Corp., Orchard Beach, Bronx.


Orchard Beach, [Bronx].

Orchard Beach, [Bronx].


Orchard Beach, [Bronx].

Orchard Beach, [Bronx].


Steuben Glass, 718 Fifth Avenue.

Steuben Glass, 718 Fifth Avenue.


Steuben Glass Inc., 718 Fifth Avenue.

Steuben Glass Inc., 718 Fifth Avenue.


Nunnbush Shoe Store, 395 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.

Nunnbush Shoe Store, 395 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.


Peck and Peck, 475 Fifth Avenue.

Peck and Peck, 475 Fifth Avenue.


National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.

National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.


National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.

National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.


National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.

National Cash Register Company, Associated Press Building, Rockefeller Center.


Automobile (Cars).

Automobile (Cars).


Fancy dress ball at Tammany Hall, Nov. 15, '06.

Fancy dress ball at Tammany Hall, Nov. 15, '06.


Deteriorated Subway and Tracks.

Deteriorated Subway and Tracks.

A deteriorated subway car and debris around the track.

Broadway and 72nd Street.

Broadway and 72nd Street.

The Hotel Ansonia is visible in the background.

Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal.

Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal.


High Bridge, Rebuilt, Harlem River

High Bridge, Rebuilt, Harlem River

View of the High Bridge shortly after renovations in the early 1920's. The Harlem River and a the shoreline...

Frank Shattuck and Company (Schraffts), 15 West 34th Street.

Frank Shattuck and Company (Schraffts), 15 West 34th Street.

View at night.

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