New York City can be overwhelming — to visit, live in, or study. This page gives some ways to counter the confusion. The list is idiosyncratic and neither exhaustive nor complete, but the resources offer a way to begin to understand this dense maze.
NYC in general
Official website of the city as well as seminal texts and studies of New York.
Various resources and materials about the city in transition, and the many attempts to define and preserve what is valuable.
In the Media
From Blitzer’s 1905 short film about a newly opened subway line, to RadioLab’s podcasts on what makes cities tick, New York has been explored through a variety of media formats.
A collection of resources recording, mapping, and analyzing the sensory experiences of the city.
Resources about historical and contemporary NYC in photographic collections.
By the Numbers
A list of quantitative resources by private and public agencies about the city.
Various resources studying and documenting the many complex infrastructures that sustain urban life.
In the Archives
A collection of links to various archives and collections.