The history of New York City and its environs is traced as the natural harbor transforms into a bustling port, open spaces become canyons of skyscrapers and wilderness converts to one of the most exciting cities in the world.

As the tempo of growth increased, so did the complexity and diversity of the New York Metropolis.

Explore architecture, transportation, culture and even bedrock geology through art, photographs and more!

Highlights New York City’s rapid growth and changing landscape, the development of new building forms and the impact of new technologies on New Yorkers.

Examine the region's open spaces including Central Park in Manhattan, Coney Island and the Lower New York Bay, and even a salt marsh wildlife refuge on Long Island!

Engaging stories detail how New York’s natural harbor setting turned into an economic capital bustling with industry .

Travel back in time through notable sites of New York’s past, including Harlem in the 1920s, the Tuck High Chinatown shop, a 1930s West side Barber shop, Ellis Island, and even Sesame Street!