1. Bella Abzug and Mayor Koch issuing a proclamation for Women's Equality Day on August 20, 1980. From the Edward I. Koch collection.
    Swearing-in of Probationary Policewomen at Court of Peace, World's Fair

    The Department of Records Celebrates Women’s Equality Day:

    In 1971, at the behest of Bella Abzug, Congress declared August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The day commemorates the enactment of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.  But even more, in 1971 the day honored the efforts of contemporary women activists who re-launched the fight for equality throughout society.  

    In 2014, we continue to advocate gender equality. For example, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, on average.   Women are often the primary caregivers in 70% of households.  This struggle informs the work of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.  The administration’s programs such as comprehensive paid sick leave and universal pre-Kindergarten are major advances that will positively impact working women and families.  We celebrate these programs and continue to advance the fight for equity.

    Between Women’s Equality Day in 2014 and 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, DORIS will coordinate a multi-year series of events celebrating the empowerment of women in New York City. Learn more and see more photographs here.


  2. Astoria Park: General views of swimming pools and crowds, July 29, 1936.


  3. Subway Construction: Park Row and City Hall Park, from street level, November 1902. Building with columns at right is the old Hall of Records, which sat in City Hall Park. mac_2453
    Subway Construction: 42nd Street & Grand Central Station. High view, Looking West to 5th Avenue, May 1903. mac_2455
    Subways: Entrance to City Hall station, looking southwest to Broadway. Post Office building at left, 1904. Photo by Pierre P. Pullis. mac_2525
    Subways: General interior view of empty unidentified station, 1904. Photo by Pierre P. Pullis. mac_2531

    Some of the early subway construction photos mentioned by Christopher Gray in his Streetscapes column of July 11, 2014 in the New York Times.

    See more subway photos here.


  4. Williamsburg Bridge showing sign on esplanade, August 11, 1914.

    You may have seen this image online in the New York Times this morning, NY Today section.  The photo came from the New York Public Library, but we were able to provide the date and some background information. It is by Eugene de Salignac, Department of Bridges photographer. The esplanade opened 100 years ago today, as an elevated park for the teaming masses of the Lower East Side.


  5. Municipal Building, upper section from Hungerford Building [with Woolworth Building in background also under construction], July 3, 1912. Photo by Eugene de Salignac.


  6. Fresh Kills Bridge tender’s house from southwest, Staten Island, July 2, 1903.


  7. Join the NYC Municipal Archives tonight June 24, from 4-8 pm for Night at the Museums, part of the Lower Manhattan River to River Festival. We will have on display rare maps, prints and photographs showing the history of lower Manhattan. For more details go to:


    (Source: nycma.lunaimaging.com)


  8. We are happy to announce that the NYC Department of Records and Information Services is participating in this year’s Night at the Museums event from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on June 24th .  This free event is part of the 2014 River to River Festival.

    A special pop-up River-to-River themed exhibit will only be shown on June 24.  The Municipal Archives will display rare drawings and maps of lower Manhattan in the Visitor Center.  The exhibit will be organized along a geographical continuum ranging from the Hudson River to the East River.  The materials will include early maps of New York City, a pier drawing, waterfront survey maps, City Hall Park drawings, original plans for the Brooklyn Bridge, historic photographs and more.


    Please join us.


  9. Brooklyn Bridge showing tower from footwalk looking west, December 4, 1914. Photo by Eugene de Salignac.

    Not sure how we overlooked this image before, but it is a classic perspective view of the Brooklyn Bridge and cables.


  10. Basement 116-118-120 Delancey Street subway, June 17, 1907