Our Mission

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.

Our Community

We are a community of New Yorkers, tourists, students, researchers, and educators who share a passion for learning and exploring.

Our platform is designed to get people excited about the history of New York in a way that aligns with how technology is used to consume content and navigate cities.

By mapping the city’s history block-by-block, we provide users with an in-depth view into the places that are a part of their daily lives, inspiring them to:

  • Explore history at their fingertips
  • Discover previously inaccessible digital content
  • Engage with new institutions, or with new aspects of the museums they already know and love
  • Be part of a growing community of history enthusiasts and urban explorers

Our Advisors

Anthony C. Wood is a preservation activist, author, teacher, and historian. He is the Founder and Chair of New York Preservation Archive Project
Anthony C. Wood
Whitney W. Donhauser is the Director and President of the Museum of the City of New York.
Whitney W. Donhauser
Josh Hadro oversees digitization, metadata services, and permissions & reproductions at the New York Public Library.
Josh Hadro
Julie Golia is the Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society, an acclaimed curator, and an award-winning educator.
Julie Golia
Sheryl Victor Levy is Vice President, Marketing and Communications for the Museum of the City of New York.
Sheryl Victor Levy
Deborah Schwartz is the President of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Prior to her tenure at BHS she was Deputy Director of Education at MoMA, and VP for Education at Brooklyn Museum.
Deborah Schwartz
Gabrielle Shubert was the director of the New York Transit Museum for 24 years. She’s now a freelance writer and blogger.
Gabrielle Shubert
Bert Spaan works on NYPL's NYC Space/Time Directory, a project which aims to turn historical maps and other geographic sources from the Library's collection into a digital time-travel service for New York City.
Bert Spaan
Lindsay Turley is the Director of Collections at the Museum of the City of New York.
Lindsay Turley
Gary Chou is the founder of Orbital, a studio for building networks, and Faculty at School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design.
Gary Chou
Samuel Moskowitz is the Director of Operations at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Samuel Moskowitz
Lisa West Alpert is the Director of Development and Marketing at the Green-Wood Historic Fund.
Lisa West Alpert

The Organizations

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

Our Team

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.

Favorite Neighborhood
Lower East Side

Favorite Building
Jarmulowsky Bank
Favorite Neighborhood

Favorite Building
Bayard-Condict Building

Brigid Harmon

Henry Bradley

Favorite Neighborhood
Red Hook

Favorite Building
St. Ann’s Warehouse
Favorite Neighborhood

Favorite Building
The Ansonia

Tim Bradley