Print / View Finding Aid as Single Page

New-York Historical Society logo

Guide to the Stephen Harmon Photographs
1942, 1968-2017
 PR 362

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 27, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series D.II. New York City Buildings, Parks and Other Cityscapes (prior to 2002), 1970s-2001. 64.5 Megabytes (165 digital images in JPG format)

Scope and Contents

The series includes photographs of New York City buildings, storefronts and street views, primarily of Manhattan's Upper West Side. Also prominent in the series are over 60 photographs of the World Trade Center taken from various angles and distances over the years. The destruction of the Twin Towers in the attacks of 9/11 provides the chronological demarcation between this series and the next, and this series ends with two views of the burning towers taken from the 69th floor of the Chrysler Building. The series also holds several images of the East Village and SoHo areas of the 1980s-1990s, often emphasizing the graffiti and gritty feel of the areas before their gentrification in the early twentieth century. The specific scope of the series and the determination of which photos to include in it was made by the processing archivist.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in rough chronological order by the date of the photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Digital Folder: 20151209 Digital File : 1_1-9, email World Trade Center / Twin Towers (9 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Various views taken over time and from various angles and areas of the city.

1970s-1990s
Digital Folder: 20170714 Digital File : 1_01-34, email World Trade Center / Twin Towers (34 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Various views taken over time and from various angles and areas of the city.

1970s-1990s
Digital Folder: 20171002 Digital File : 1_1-2, 2 emails World Trade Center / Twin Towers (2 photos + 2 emails)
1980s
Digital Folder: 20160717 Digital File : 2_1, email Midtown. 6th Avenue storefronts (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1975
Digital Folder: 20160714 Digital File : 1_1, email Forest Hills Tennis Club (1 photo + 1 email)
1977 September
Digital Folder: 20160715 Digital File : 3_1-2, email Various (2 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

1) Greenwich Village. 6th Avenue at Waverly showing Waverly Theatre marquee and storefronts, January 1983. 2) Upper West Side. Interior, slicing lox at counter at Zabar's, June 1980.

1978-1983
Digital Folder: 20170224 Digital File : 2_1-2, 2 emails Upper West Side (2 photos + 2 emails)

Scope and Contents

1) Upper West Side. Women on benches at Broadway and 75th Street, June 1982. 2) Upper West Side. Manufacturer's Hanover Trust bank entrance on northwest corner of 72nd Street and Broadway, October 1978. (Dates given in email. Duplicate images deleted from folder 20160715.)

1978, 1982
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 2_1, email 79th Street Boat Basin (1 photo + 1 email)
1978 November
Digital Folder: 20170903 Digital File : 2_1-2, email Upper West Side deli/produce shop window displays (2 photos + 1 email)
circa 1978
Digital Folder: 20170106 Digital File : 2_1, email Upper West Side. Chatsworth (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1979
Digital Folder: 20170227 Digital File : 1_1-3, email Riverside Park; Dakota (3 photos + 1 email)
circa 1979
Digital Folder: 20170314 Digital File : 1_1, email 42nd Street and 8th Avenue subway entrance (1 photo + 1 email)
1970s
Digital Folder: 20170311 Digital File : 1_1-4, email Upper West Side storefronts (4 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

1) Silver Palate on Columbus Avenue and 73rd; 2) P&G Café/Bar & Grill on Amsterdam Avenue and 73rd Street; 3) Big Nick hamburger joint on Broadway around 76th Street; and 4) Grossinger's Uptown Bake Shop.

circa 1979-1987
Digital Folder: 20170127 Digital File : 2_1, email SoHo. Foreplay Studios entrance (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1980
Digital Folder: 20170128 Digital File : 1_1, email East Village. East 10th Street doorway (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1980
Digital Folder: 20170302 Digital File : 2_1, email Upper West Side. Storefronts (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

South side of 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.

circa 1980
Digital Folder: 20170718 Digital File : 1_1, email Railroad yard, Manhattan west side, south of 72nd Street (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1980
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 7_1, email Upper West Side. Storefronts on West 72nd Street between West End Avenue and Broadway (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1980
Digital Folder: 20170811 Digital File : 2_1, email Upper West Side. West 72nd Street storefronts (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1980
Digital Folder: 20171024 Digital File : 3_1, email Upper West Side. Famous Dairy Restaurant (1 photo + 1 email)
1981
Digital Folder: 20160714 Digital File : 3_1, email New York County Supreme Court House (60 Centre Street) (1 photo + 1 email)
1982 April
Digital Folder: 20170718 Digital File : 3_1-2, 2 emails Midtown, 49th Street & 11th Avenue. Munson Diner & Checker taxi cab (2 photos + 2 emails)
1982 May
Digital Folder: 20160717 Digital File : 1_1, email Rocco's pastry shop on Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1982
Digital Folder: 20170108 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side, Amsterdam Avenue, Antonio's Barber Shop (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1982
Digital Folder: 20160803 Digital File : 3_1, email Upper West Side storefront (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

West side of Broadway at 78th Street, centered on Apthorp Laundramat.

circa 1982
Digital Folder: 20160803 Digital File : 6_1, email Upper West Side. Broadway and 72nd Street (1 photo + 1 email)
1983 January
Digital Folder: 20151219 Digital File : 2_1-4, email Upper West Side. Blizzard of 1983 (4 photos + 1 email)
1983 February
Digital Folder: 20170329 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. Blizzard of 1983 (1 photo + 1 email)
1983 February
Digital Folder: 20160318 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. West End Avenue, snow covered (1 photo + 1 email)
1983
Digital Folder: 20160803 Digital File : 7_1, email Upper West Side. Corner Book Store on West 72nd Street (1 photo + 1 email)
1983 April
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 1_1, email Gramercy Park (22nd Street) (1 photo + 1 email)
1983 May
Digital Folder: 20160812 Digital File : 1_1-2, email Upper West Side (2 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

1) 72nd Street subway station entrance with the Dorilton apartment building in the background on Amsterdam Avenue and 71st Street, December 1983. 2) 277 West End Avenue, December 1983.

1983
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 6_1, email Street under elevated rail tracks (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Location is uncertain but appears to be in the Bronx, alongside Yankee Stadium.

1984 May
Digital Folder: 20170106 Digital File : 1_1, email Pan Am Building (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1984
Digital Folder: 20170126 Digital File : 4_1, email Irving Place in the Gramercy Park area (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170310 Digital File : 1_1-3, email Upper West Side (3 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

1) Thalia theater front on 95th Street, 2) Johnny's book store front on Columbus Avenue around 86th Street, 3) Dorilton.

circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170321 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. 72nd Street Station on rainy night (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170322 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. Food cart by Dakota (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170616 Digital File : 3_1, email SoHo graffiti (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170713 Digital File : 5_1-2, 2 emails Upper West Side. Storefronts, West 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue (2 photos + 2 emails)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170808 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. West End Avenue rowhouses (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1985
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 4_1-2, 2 emails Central Park skylines (2 photos + 2 emails)

Scope and Contents

1) View of Manhattan east side skyline from within Central Park; 2) Wollman Skating Rink with buildings rising above the Park.

1986-1987
Digital Folder: 20160322 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. Dublin House Bar (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1987
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 3_1, email East Village. St. Mark's Bar (1 photo + 1 email)
1988 March
Digital Folder: 20151221 Digital File : 1_1, email Midtown. Playlands storefront (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Broadway, in upper 40s.

1988 April
Digital Folder: 20170317 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side. Amsterdam Video adult film store (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1988
Digital Folder: 20160321 Digital File : 1_1, email SoHo (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Unidentified grated building entrance.

1980s
Digital Folder: 20161009 Digital File : 1_1, email Greenwich Village. Christopher Street doorway (1 photo + 1 email)
1980s
Digital Folder: 20160716 Digital File : 2_1, email Wm. Harnick Florist on 6th Avenue and 38th Street (1 photo +1 email)
1980s
Digital Folder: 20160803 Digital File : 2_1, email Upper West Side. H&H Bagels/Ballet school (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Broadway at 81st Street.

1980s
Digital Folder: 20170302 Digital File : 1_1, email ATM (automated teller machine) on Broadway (1 photo + 1 email)
1980s
Digital Folder: 20170313 Digital File : 1_1-2, 2 emails Upper West Side. Broadway Barber Shop (2 photos + 2 emails)

Scope and Contents

Exterior storefront and interior.

1980s
Digital Folder: 20170712 Digital File : 4_1, email Midtown. Mike's Barber Shop, 48th Street (1 photo + 1 email)
1980s
Digital Folder: 20160803 Digital File : 1_1-2, email Storefronts (2 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

1) Upper West Side. La Gran Esquina barber shop on Amsterdam Avenue at 82nd Street. 2) Greenwich Village. Newspapers, etc. store on Bleecker Street just west of 6th Avenue.

1980s?
Digital Folder: 20170712 Digital File : 3_1, email Canal Street storefronts (1 photo + 1 email)
1980s?
Digital Folder: 20160715 Digital File : 1_1, email United Video & Camera storefront (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1990
Digital Folder: 20170828 Digital File : 2_1, email Midtown. Skyline from Queens (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

View of skyline, with Empire State Building dominant, taken from 47th Avenue and 31st Street in Long Island City, which is in the foreground.

circa 1990
Digital Folder: 20171030 Digital File : 3_1, email SoHo. Spring and Green streets, shop/flower display (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1990
Digital Folder: 20151224 Digital File : 1_1, email SoHo. 112 Prince Street (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Image of trompe l'oeil mural created by the artist Richard Haas in 1974.

1991 July
Digital Folder: 20151228 Digital File : 1_1, email Upper West Side (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Broadway and 72nd Street, looking southeast.

1991 December
Digital Folder: 20170728 Digital File : 5_1, email SoHo. Corner of Wooster and Broome streets (1 photo + 1 email)
1992 December
Digital Folder: 20170929 Digital File : 3_1, email Lower Manhattan. Trinity Church (1 photo + 1 email)
1995 November
Digital Folder: 20170725 Digital File : 1_1-8, 6 emails Upper West Side (8 photos + 6 emails)

Scope and Contents

1,2) Beresford on Central Park West (CPW) and 81st Street; 3) Museum of Natural History entrance on CPW; 4) buildings on CPW; 5,6) Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway between 70th and 71st streets; 7) West 75th Street, with the San Remo towers 8)CPW at evening, looking north from about 76th Street.

1995 December
Digital Folder: 20170615 Digital File : 1_1, email Grand Central Station, 42nd Street entrance, interior (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1995
Digital Folder: 20170616 Digital File : 4_1, email Stage Deli (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1995
Digital Folder: 20171018 Digital File : 3_1, email Meatpacking district abandoned building (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1995
Digital Folder: 20170201 Digital File : 1_1, email 2nd Avenue Deli neon signage (1 photo + 1 email)
1996 March
Digital Folder: 20171020 Digital File : 3_1, email Hayden Planetarium (1 photo + 1 email)
1997 January
Digital Folder: 20171018 Digital File : 2_1, email Central Park. Bethesda Fountain in snow (1 photo + 1 email)
1997 January
Digital Folder: 20171023 Digital File : 1_1, email SoHo. Houston Street and Broadway (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

With building mural advertisement for DKNY.

1997 February
Digital Folder: 20171020 Digital File : 1_1, email Central Park South skyline from the Park (1 photo + 1 email)
1997 May
Digital Folder: 20170929 Digital File : 2_1, email Statue of Liberty, at evening with crown and torch lit (1 photo + 1 email)
1997 May
Digital Folder: 20170713 Digital File : 3_1-3, 2 emails Storefronts (3 photos + 2 emails)

Scope and Contents

2 images of Russ & Daughters at 179 Houston Street and 1 of shops (shoe repair, barber, video) on Amsterdam Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets.

1997
Digital Folder: 20170713 Digital File : 4_1-5, 2 emails Chrysler Building (5 photos + 2 emails)

Scope and Contents

4 views looking up with other buildings in foreground, and 1 skyline view with other Midtown buildings, from the Edward Koch Queensboro Bridge/59th Street Bridge.

1997
Digital Folder: 20170126 Digital File : 2_1, email Greenwich Village. Village Cigars (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 1998
Digital Folder: 20171016 Digital File : 2_1, email SoHo. Green Street, graffiti-covered doorway (1 photo + 1 email)
1999 January
Digital Folder: 20170721 Digital File : 1_1, email Broadway at 66th Street, snow-covered (1 photo + 1 email)
2000 December?
Digital Folder: 20170127 Digital File : 3_1-4, 2 emails Upper Manhattan. Broadway at 164th Street (4 photos + 2 emails)
circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170127 Digital File : 4_1, email SoHo. Spring Street (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

View from West Broadway looking east.

circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170202 Digital File : 1_1-2, email Katz's Deli and Russ & Daughters storefronts (2 photos + 1 email)
circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170327 Digital File : 1_1, email SoHo. Elizabeth Street, Albanese Meats storefront (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170621 Digital File : 1_1, email Coney Island. Parachute Drop (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Deserted, foggy view.

circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170721 Digital File : 3_1, email Upper West Side. Royale Pastry Shop (1 photo + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.

circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170815 Digital File : 1_1, email Contrasting Gothic church and modern office building (1 photo + 1 email)
circa 2000
Digital Folder: 20170126 Digital File : 5_1-2, email World Trade Center. 9/11 (2 photos + 1 email)

Scope and Contents

Two images of the Twin Towers burning, taken from the 69th floor of the Chrysler Building, with the Manhattan landscape in the foreground.

2001 September 11

Return to Top »