Arias Jun 29
“I grew up in Manhattan and felt like I knew my city pretty well. When I found out about Urban Archive, it made me see NYC in a whole new way...Thank you guys for doing such a great job with this!”
mrmr1313 Sep 18
“This app is an incredible way to discover and learn about the architectural gems and the history that we pass every day while walking in NYC. The historical photos and stories/facts enrich your experience of the city in a wonderful way.”
sarkia22 Jun 10
“Urban Archive is a such a great way to learn more about the city! It's a really accessible way to learn more about NYC's history and seeing what was on your block 100 years ago is actually really cool!”
katelynns322 Mar 4
“This app will open your eyes to a whole new NYC. I love seeing historical photographs and learning stories about buildings I walk by everyday.”
DaughterArtemis Jul 5
“Having spent my entire life as a New Yorker (especially living in historic Yorkville) I absolutely loved discovering this app! The collection of photography and the historiography that goes with it are absolutely incredible and bring each and every block alive over the course of 100+ years.”
Urban Archive is a technology nonprofit that creates new connections 
between people, places, and historical institutions.
Our mission is to inspire learning that's rooted in what's local — the architecture, culture, and unique stories of New York City.

What We Do

The App
Our free iOS app features archival photos, museum content, and programming from cultural institutions in New York City. Download the App
Audio Guide
Our audio guide feature delivers audio commentary from museum curators, content experts, and featured artists to users devices as they walk through exhibitions. Learn More
Content Management System
Our content management system makes it easy for institutions to curate collections, share digital programming, and assemble walking tours. Request Access
Our mapping software powers technologies across the city, like LinkNYC kiosks, with location-based historical content. Learn More
Our platform equips teachers, students, and researchers with digital tools to uncover location-based history.

Our Partners

We're working with historical institutions to integrate their collections and content into our platform. For more information, please contact us.