24 May 2012

NYC portrayed online in 870,000 newly released images

Image as appeared with original article

The two men were discovered dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft in a 12-story Manhattan building, as if dumped there, one man sprawled on top of the other.

The rare crime scene photograph from Nov. 24, 1915, is one of 870,000 images of New York City and its municipal operations now available to the public on the Internet for the first time.

The city Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database Tuesday. A previously unpublicized link to the images has been live for about two weeks...

Checkout the full photo gallery.

Remember that many of our emigrant ancestors either passed through New York, ultimately stayed in the "city," or spent some time there before arriving at their ultimate destination! This means that many of us have some "connection" to the city.

Editor’s Note:  While visiting the NYC Department of Records website, learn more out these other great resources for genealogists!

The Triangle Factory Fire, 3/25/1911
On March 25, 1911, 150 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, mostly young women, died in the deadliest industrial disaster in New York City’s history. 

Tax Photographs
Between 1939 and 1941, and again in the mid-1980s, the city photographed every house and building in the five Boroughs. Copies of these unique images are now available for purchase.

Vital Records 
The Municipal Archives has records of births reported in the five Boroughs of New York City prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949, and marriages reported prior to 1930.

Collections Archives 
With records dating back to the earliest days of European colonial settlement, the Municipal Archives houses 150,000 cubic feet of historical government records.

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