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Block & Lot: Researching NYC buildings and the people who lived in them


May 12, 2012

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classrooms

Have you ever wanted to document the history of your home, apartment or neighborhood? Would you like to learn about the growth of your favorite historic district or deepen your knowledge of landmark New York City buildings? Perhaps you are interested in the lives of the people who lived in these buildings?
Discover how you can unlock the history of a building, a block, or an entire borough. In the first part of this class you will learn how too use antiquarian maps, fire insurance atlases ("Sanborns"), online property data, books and historic real estate photos to document the history of the City's built environment. In the second part we will look at state and federal censuses, city directories, genealogical databases, and historic newspapers, in order to describe the lives of the people who owned and lived in those buildings.






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More Info

  • Class Format: Hands on
  • Skill prerequisites: Basic mouse and keyboarding skills
  • Audience: Adults