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History

There's a wealth of history in New York City's greenspaces! Click a thumbnail image below to learn more about a subject.

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Resources

Annual Reports & Press Releases
Browse annual reports from 1857 through 1934 and press releases from 1934 through 1970.

Historical Signs

New York City Parks Commissioners

Moses Era 30 Years of Progress 1934 - 1964 (PDF 7.18 mb, right click the link and "save as")
The status and planned future of the City's park system, as of June 1964.

Newsroom Archive
Collection of newsletters, biennial reports, photographs, and media advisories from recent Parks history.

Parks Library
The first public library devoted to urban parks.

Photo Archive
Repository of over 200,000 original negatives created by Parks photographers from 1856 to the present day. There is also a small collection of color motion picture footage from the 1930s and 1940s.

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