New Deal NYC map

The New Deal in New York City 1932-1943

Frank da Cruz
Bronx NY
August 2015
Most recent update: Thu May 24 20:30:37 2018
The New Deal was a federal program during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration that (among other things) put millions of unemployed people to work creating public works to improve the lives of ordinary people. Read more below the images.

New York City New Deal site search:
When I moved to the Bronx in 2012 I quickly realized I was surrounded by New Deal projects on every side, and I started to photograph them and put the photos on a single web page (New Deal Projects in the Bronx). Before long the scope of the project expanded to the extent that it needed a front page like this one to organize all the pieces. I believe it is important that in these times of unprecedented economic disparity and destruction of the working and middle classes that everybody in the USA should know the history of the New Deal because another New Deal is exactly what we need today. Click on the following images, take a look at what what was accomplished in just one city in the 1930s and 40s when the government put ordinary people first.

Notable New Deal Sites in New York City     Summary Reports of New Deal Accomplishments in NYC
Thanks to Peter da Cruz for his collaboration on the Van Cortlandt Park gallery; to Aleida Morel for making the June 26, 2016, photos possible: Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Ferry Point Park, Francis Lewis Park, Astoria Park and Pool, and the Queens end of the Triborough Bridge; and to Gray Brechin and Richard Walker of the Living New Deal for making the May 2017 Pelham Bay / Split Rock photos possible.

Photo Galleries

Bryant Park - Manhattan (May 2018)
Hillside Homes - Bronx (April 2018)
New Deal sites around Washington Square (April 2018)
New Deal Schools in the Bronx (March 2018)
Oval Park Bronx 80th Anniversary (September 2017)
New Deal Projects in the Bronx (plus a few in Queens)
Van Cortlandt Park New Deal Tour (Bronx)
Kingsbridge Heights New Deal Tour (Bronx)
Central Park New Deal Tour (Manhattan)
Riverside Park New Deal Tour (Manhattan)
Randall's Island New Deal Projects (Borough of Manhattan)
Working New Neal (New York City)
Notable New Deal Projects in New York City
The New Deal in Virginia (new, 2017)
America Fights the Depression (photos from 1934 book, new 2017)
Robert Moses and the Modern City (photos from 2007 book, new 2017)
Popular Music of the Depression and New Deal (New July 2017)

Text resources

This site attempts to show what New Deal funding accomplished in New York City (mainly in the Bronx). To explore the nationwide New Deal in depth, please visit the Living New Deal project. To explore the New Deal in New York City in greater detail, see the following local resources:

• Overview of the New Deal in New York City
• Table of New Deal Projects in the Bronx
• Table of New York City Parks Department Projects, 1934-43
• New Deal Assistance in NYC Parks Department Projects, 1934-43
• New York City Parks Department Press Release Archives, 1934-43
• About Living New Deal
• List of New Deal agencies