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New York City Research Guide

Find resources on researching neighborhoods in the 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island


This is a guide to resources at The New School Libraries and Archives for researching New York City neighborhoods, history, and data.

  • If you're researching a neighborhood, a good starting point is the Encyclopedia of New York City.  If the neighborhood contains a historic district, you're in luck!  Search the Landmarks Preservation Commission website for a report.  For demographic data, check out NYC Planning's Community District Profiles.
  • There is LOTS of published information about New York City, and it helps to narrow your research question to a few specific people/places/topics/eras. For example, 'Central Park' or 'New York City green roofs,' instead of 'New York City green spaces.'  'Jewish immigrants in the Lower East Side around 1900,' instead of 'Immigration.'  
  • Search Ebook Central to find ebooks.  Most of the ebooks are scholarly, and you can perform a keyword search inside the books.
  • Search ProQuest to find articles from the New York Times newspaper published from 1851 to yesterday.  Also included are dissertations, other newspapers, and scholarly journals.
  • The City of New York and its offices (Mayor, Parks, Economic Development, Planning, Education, etc.) publishes information in and NYC Open Data.
  • There are many resources beyond the New School libraries that we can refer you to.  For advanced research topics, please request an appointment with us.
  • We subscribe to the online archive of The New Yorker magazine, which has been published since 1925.  The New Yorker is known for its long-form journalism, its criticism, fiction, cartoons, and art- and theater listings.

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