A few weeks ago, we held our first scavenger hunt with the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brownstoner, and Brooklyn Brewery. Over 150 people on 70 teams signed up to compete, as we spread out across Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO to track down hard-to-find buildings and recreate historical photos.
Interested in hosting an event with Urban Archive? We’re currently looking for partners for historical scavenger hunts across the five boroughs. Have an idea? Get in touch.
We're working with NYC institutions to integrate their collections into our mobile platform. For more information, please contact us.
Whitney W. Donhauser
The Urban Archive app includes selected historical images from the collections of New York City institutions, including our partners at the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York. All historical images in the app include a name and logo identifying the source institution.
We’d love to speak with you about your organization’s historical image collection. Please write to email@example.com for more information.
We’re regularly updating the app with new historical images, walking tours, audio clips, and more.
To suggest a historical image or location to be included in the app, please go to urbanarchive.nyc/submit.
We regularly update the app with new content. If we’re able to use your suggested image, you’ll see it in the app soon.
The app is currently in beta, and upcoming features include a source attribution tool. In the meantime, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you have additional information about an image we’ve featured, please write to email@example.com. We’ll get back to you in a timely fashion.
The Urban Archive iOS app requires an iPhone running iOS 10 or later. We don’t yet have an iPad app available.
Sorry! We don’t yet have an Android app.
First, navigate to any image in the app and tap the camera icon.
You’ll see an overlay of the historical image over your camera’s viewfinder. Use your fingers zoom the overlay larger or smaller. Once you’ve lined up your shot, take a photo.
After you take a photo, you can choose from a number of layout options and continue to resize the image. Tap “save” to save to your camera roll or “share” to open the photo in Instagram.
To check-in, you need to be within 50 meters of the check-in location. Certain check-ins may unlock achievements within the app, so no short cuts are allowed!
We’re an independent, nonprofit organization working out of a Lower East Side tenement. We’re passionate about history, technology and data. We love New York and want to uncover its past.