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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.
Jitterbugging in Harlem.

Jitterbugging in Harlem.


254th Street and Riverdale Avenue. Apartment complex, general view of exterior.

254th Street and Riverdale Avenue. Apartment complex, general view of exterior.


Sedgwick Avenue and Gun Hill Road. Amalgamated Clothing Workers Apartments.

Sedgwick Avenue and Gun Hill Road. Amalgamated Clothing Workers Apartments.


523 Commonwealth Avenue. Academy Housing Project. Gardens in courtyard

523 Commonwealth Avenue. Academy Housing Project. Gardens in courtyard


The Towers. Garden steps with child

The Towers. Garden steps with child


Street Scenes, Park Avenue, North from 50th Street.

Street Scenes, Park Avenue, North from 50th Street.

Park Avenue looking north from 50th Street. People sitting on benches in the plaza space in the middle...

Hotel Woodward, Interior, The Bar, With People.

Hotel Woodward, Interior, The Bar, With People.

Men and women seated and standing at the bar at the Hotel Woodward on the southeast corner of Broadway...

American Enka Corp., Interior, Showroom, Looking South.

American Enka Corp., Interior, Showroom, Looking South.


Street Scene Looking North on Fifth Ave. from 40th Street.

Street Scene Looking North on Fifth Ave. from 40th Street.

Looking up 5th Avenue from 40th Street.

Aeolian Co., Exterior Window, the Whole of Window and Name Above.

Aeolian Co., Exterior Window, the Whole of Window and Name Above.


[Times Square.]

[Times Square.]

Printed in 1997 from a photograph taken in 1921.

[Times Square at night]

[Times Square at night]

View of Times Square at night. Traffic, lighted signs and marquees visible.

Bow of S.S. "Normandie".

Bow of S.S. "Normandie".


[S.S. "Normandie".]

[S.S. "Normandie".]

Passengers on the gangplank of S.S. "Normandie".

Manhattan Skyline II

Manhattan Skyline II

The Manhattan skyline taken from Weehawken, New Jersey. The S.S. "Normandie" is docked next to the French...

Night Scene, S.E. from 515 Mad. Ave, Gen. Electric, Waldorf Astoria, Chrysler, Chanin, N.Y. Central Bldg.

Night Scene, S.E. from 515 Mad. Ave, Gen. Electric, Waldorf Astoria, Chrysler, Chanin, N.Y. Central Bldg.

The New York skyline looking south-east from 515 Madison Avenue; Waldorf Astoria, General Electric Building,...

Manhattan I

Manhattan I

View of the contrast of 19th century dockside buildings and 20th century skyscrapers taken from Pier...

Hooverville, Central Park, northern view, Central Park West in background

Hooverville, Central Park, northern view, Central Park West in background


First Avenue & 10th Street Market Opening.

First Avenue & 10th Street Market Opening.

Mayor La Guardia speaking at the opening ceremony for the First Avenue Market.

First Avenue Retail Market (Exterior)

First Avenue Retail Market (Exterior)


Children in the Playground of a Harlem Housing Project.

Children in the Playground of a Harlem Housing Project.


Colonial Park Swimming Pool, Harlem.

Colonial Park Swimming Pool, Harlem.


Olympic Pool in Colonial Park, Harlem.

Olympic Pool in Colonial Park, Harlem.


Children and mother coming from playground

Children and mother coming from playground

View of a mother and two children walking through an apartment complex. The boy wears chaps and carries...

Queensbridge Houses

Queensbridge Houses


Bklyn. Housing - Williamsburg Housing

Bklyn. Housing - Williamsburg Housing

August 15, 1938

Jacob Riis Park

Jacob Riis Park

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

General Motors Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair

General Motors Building at the 1939 New York World's Fair

Exterior view of the General Motor's Building from the southeast.

Aerial view of Riverside Drive

Aerial view of Riverside Drive


97th Street and Columbus

97th Street and Columbus


View from Third Avenue and 40th Street, looking north

View from Third Avenue and 40th Street, looking north

View from the corner of Third Ave. and 40th St., looking nouth. The Socony-Mobil Building can be seen...

7th Ave. Harlem - A View of 7th Ave. Harlem from the Harlem State Office Building

7th Ave. Harlem - A View of 7th Ave. Harlem from the Harlem State Office Building


[Construction of the Long Island Expressway in Queens.]

[Construction of the Long Island Expressway in Queens.]


George Washington Bridge, New Jersey side, aerial view

George Washington Bridge, New Jersey side, aerial view


[Sewing, 10th Ave. & 36th St.]

[Sewing, 10th Ave. & 36th St.]


Unz & Co., Printers and Stationers, Fourth Floor, Pressman Working on Miehle Press.

Unz & Co., Printers and Stationers, Fourth Floor, Pressman Working on Miehle Press.

A man working at a Meihle press at Unz & Co., 24 Beaver Street.

Carlos, East 160's, South Bronx

Carlos, East 160's, South Bronx


Students at the Welfare Education Plan, St. Rita's Church, South Bronx

Students at the Welfare Education Plan, St. Rita's Church, South Bronx


Lunch Time at P.S. 29, South Bronx

Lunch Time at P.S. 29, South Bronx


"Sweet 16" Party, 3rd Ave. and approx. 150th St., South Bronx

"Sweet 16" Party, 3rd Ave. and approx. 150th St., South Bronx


Baptism, St. Jerome's Church, South Bronx

Baptism, St. Jerome's Church, South Bronx


East 166th Street, South Bronx

East 166th Street, South Bronx


Sunday Afternoon at Blanca's, South Bronx

Sunday Afternoon at Blanca's, South Bronx


Abandoned Lot, South Bronx

Abandoned Lot, South Bronx


West Houston and West Broadway, looking South

West Houston and West Broadway, looking South


Police officer and crowd at (11:59) - 12am - N. Year's Eve "1997"

Police officer and crowd at (11:59) - 12am - N. Year's Eve "1997"


Theatre Ticket Sale, Times Square

Theatre Ticket Sale, Times Square


[Group of people reacting immediately after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.]

[Group of people reacting immediately after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.]


[Smoke billowing out of the towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.]

[Smoke billowing out of the towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.]


[Tribute in Light memorial.]

[Tribute in Light memorial.]


Newsstand, Astoria, 1984

Newsstand, Astoria, 1984


Tompkins Square Park, Arbor Day, Children.

Tompkins Square Park, Arbor Day, Children.


Freedom and Order: Children Playing, East 116th Street, May 1968

Freedom and Order: Children Playing, East 116th Street, May 1968


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