NYC New Deal Map
Look! It's all around you!
The New Deal in New York City 1933-1943
Frank da Cruz
Most recent update:
9 September 2020
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 in
the Text resources.
|LIFE Magazine New Deal map
Economy in free fall?
Miles-long food lines?
Dysfunctional health-care system?
Crashing state and local budgets?
No hope in sight?
We've been here before and we fixed it.
Then they broke it.
But we can
fix it again. Even better this time. And there is so much
more to fix.
Progress: An 84-year-old wrong righted
From 1934 to 1943, FDR's New Deal was responsible for at
least 1000 tangible creations
in New York
City ranging from buildings, bridges, and tunnels to parks and playgrounds
to works of art; many of these are shown below
in contrast to every other part of the USA, almost none of New York City's
New Deal creations are identified
, or other markers for reasons
. Since 2013, New Yorkers
affiliated with the Living New Deal
project at the University of California at Berkeley have been working to
have the missing markers mounted, and have just achieved their first
with NYC's eleven
public swimming pools
built in 1936. With the cooperation of the NYC
Parks Department, medallions like the one shown are being mounted
all eleven of these pools.
Hopefully the same medallions will also find their way to
other New Deal Parks Department projects
and ultimately to non-Parks projects as well: the many New Deal bridges,
tunnels, highways, government buildings, and schools throughout our city,
scaled as necessary (e.g. larger for, say, bridges). See
at Living New Deal.
See the medallion at Jackie Robinson Pool
and Play Center
Jobs We Need, New York Times editorial, 24 June 2020: The Times
advocates a return to the New Deal.
("Thanks NYT, for pointing out what the rest of us have been saying and
feeling for decades.")
Solution within Reach: The Civilian Coastal Conservation Corps,
Paul J. Baicich, World
Ocean Forum, 16 June 2020.
From the New Deal to the Green New Deal, Richard Walker,
Living New Deal, 1 June 2020.
New Deal offered hope in desperate times. We can do the same now,
The Guardian, 20 May 2020.
Roosevelt Put Young People Back to Work – Let's Do It Again,
New York Times, 18 May 2020.
isn't enough. Our cities need a post-pandemic New Deal, Patrick
Sisson, Curbed, 16 April 2020.
Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders, The New Yorker, 30 March 2020.
Mayor de Blasio makes a strong case for a new New Deal
to fight the epidemic and its economic effects (video, 1h:15m, the link
goes straight to the New Deal part) - 15 March 2020.
- The Gray New Deal -
Racial/gender/age justice in the New Deal (Living New Deal) - December
- Living New
Deal NYC chapter opens, November 17, 2019.
B interview Bernie Sanders, 16 August 2019.
about the Green New Deal (Living New Deal) - updated frequently.
the New Deal Flag in New York City, May 22, 2019.
- $60 million Orchard Beach renovation
project announced, 9 January 2019.
- Translations of this page available,
16 January 2019.
the New Deal Racist?, May 22, 2019.
the New Deal's Lost History in New York City, Peggy Crane.
- The Green New Deal
House Resolution, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, 5 February 2019.
Post Op-Ed, Richard Walker, 26 February 2019 [PDF].
Our New World Begins", Kevin Baker, Harper's, May 2019.
the New Deal Can Teach Us About a Green New Deal"
Jacobin Magazine, 26 March 2019,
an interview with Richard Walker,
Director, Living New Deal
- "The New Deal Wasn't What You Think",
Louis Hyman, The Atlantic, March 6, 2019.
historic decades-old mural was painted over at a New York high school
during a repair project, CNN, 2018/06/18.
segment, Jummy Olabanji, NBC, 2018/06/16 (fuzzy video)
[See Clinton High School mural gallery]
When I moved to the Bronx in 2012
New York City New Deal site search:
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
and see what what was
accomplished in just one city (and a few other places) in the 1930s and
early 40s when the government put ordinary people
Aymar Embury II
Prolific NYC New Deal architect (20 November 2019) - 63 sites
Highbridge Play Center and Pool plus
the two Highbridge Parks
New Deal projects in New Mexico
(June 2019) - 27 sites
New Deal projects in New Mexico
(November 2018 - side trip to a state that honors its New Deal heritage
rather than suppressing it) - 25 sites
Jackie Robinson Park and Play Center,
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Bryant Park - Manhattan
Hillside Homes - Bronx
New Deal sites around Washington
(April 2018) - 9 sites
New Deal Schools in the Bronx
(and one in
Queens), March 2018 - 37 sites
Park Bronx 80th Anniversary
New Deal Projects in the Bronx
(plus a few in
Queens) - 58 sites
Van Cortlandt Park New Deal Tour
(Bronx) - 7 sites
Kingsbridge Heights New Deal Tour
(Bronx) - 7 sites
Central Park New Deal Tour
Riverside Park New Deal Tour
(Manhattan) - 12 sites
Randall's Island New Deal Projects
(Borough of Manhattan) - The Island itself and ex-Municipal Stadium
Working New Neal
(New York City) - People who have
jobs today thanks to the New Deal
Notable New Deal Projects in New York City
- 40 of
the best-known NYC features that nobody knows are New Deal creations
The New Deal in Virginia
(2017, 2020) - New Deal
projects in Hampton, Newport News, Viriginia Beach, and Harrisonburg.
America Fights the Depression
(photos from 1934 book)
Robert Moses and the Modern City
(photos from 2007
Popular Music of the Depression and New Deal
Translations of this
page courtesy of...
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; to Gray Brechin and Richard Walker of the
for making the May 2017 Pelham Bay / Split Rock photos possible;
and most recently to Pam Ives for her collaboration on the November 2018
and June 2019 New Mexico New Deal galleries as well as the September 2019