The New York Public Library is creating a digital time-travel service for New York City with historical maps, collections rich in geospatial data, and the public's help.
The NYC Space/Time Directory will make urban history accessible through a set of resources including: a searchable atlas of New York past, an historical location directory and geocoder, a set of APIs and data sets, and a discovery tool linking NYPL collections together in an historical and geographic context.
These explorations will provide a way for scholars, students, enthusiasts, and librarians to explore New York City across time periods and to add their own knowledge and expertise.
With the Space/Time Directory we're developing a programming model and freely accessible codebase for other cities, libraries, and individuals to map and explore history. Data sources are listed in our related resources section below and those interested in working with our open source projects can visit GitHub to get started!
Ready to travel through time and space? Explore our Space/Time resources below to start discovering and contributing to New York City history.
Contribute to the Space/Time Directory and explore library materials with these interactive tools built on historic maps, our vast photography collections, and more!
Take a peek into the Space/Time Directory workshop! We're sharing prototypes, proof of concepts, and visualizations the project as they're made.
Peel away layers of the city's history with this visualization layering maps from 1660 through 2014.
Take a tour of the Fifth Avenue, past and present! Compare the photos of Fifth Avenue in 1911 and today.
In the age of segregation, the Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, bars, and gas stations where Black travelers were welcomed. Map out trips you would take with this tool.
Browse related Library resources including digitized materials, data sets, APIs, and much more!
NYPL's database of digitized collections with new items being added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.
An experiment to help patrons understand and explore what is contained in the NYPL Public Domain release. Browse by century, genre, collection, or color.
The Community Oral History Project documents, preserves, and celebrates the history of NYC's unique neighborhoods with stories from people who have experienced it firsthand.
An experimental interface of biographical data describing photographers, studios, manufacturers, and others involved in the production of photographic images.
Over 10,000 transcribed records from the historic mortgage and bond ledgers of the Emigrant Savings Bank. Browse and download the records, or pitch in on verifying the transcriptions!
Create and share 3D images from the stereograph collections of The New York Public Library (and others). You can even use your own Flickr photos.
Search and explore the dishes and locations of 17,545 historic menus from New York City and beyond.