For those of you who grew up in New York City or whose parents or grandparents lived in New York City during the 1930's, there is now an opportunity to get a picture of their home. For some of us who lost contact with relatives or who have lost or not been able to get pictures of where their family lived, this may be the only opportunity to get such a photo.
The Municipal Archives has completed a project involving the negatives of photographs taken from 1939-1941 through the New York City Dept. of Taxes as part of their real property appraisal system. There is one photograph for each building in the five Boroughs of New York City.
You can order a photograph of a house or building giving either the block and lot number of the property or a street address with a brief description (e.g. 4-story brick building). Send a check for $27.00 ($25.00 plus $2.00 postage) for an 8x10 print made payable to the NYC Department of Records. An 11x14 print can also be ordered by mail for $37.00 ($35.00 plus $2.00 postage). Additionally you can also go to the Archives to view the photographs on microfilm. (This way you can check on the quality of the photo as not all of them are clear.) They are open Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
As a help to you, we've included a link to the actual form which is on the NYC Municipal Archive Site. Simply click here to go to that form and then use you "BACK" button to come back to this article.
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