NYC New Deal Map
New Deal NYC map
Translations  (see below for credits):
Look! It's all around you!

The New Deal in New York City 1933-1943

Frank da Cruz
Bronx NY
October 2013
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.
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LIFE cover 4 Jan 1937
FDR 1937
LIFE New Deal Map
LIFE Magazine New Deal map
Massive unemployment?  Widespread poverty?  Economy in free fall?  Miles-long food lines?  Crumbling infrastructure?  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.

"I love Franklin Delano Roosevelt. First of all, he helped us get over the Depression, all while he was in a wheelchair. Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great… make America great again for real."Cardi B, Bronx NY. 

NYC New Deal medallion

Progress: An 84-year-old wrong righted

August 2020... 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. But in contrast to every other part of the USA, almost none of New York City's New Deal creations are identified by New Deal plaques, cornerstones, or other markers for reasons explained here. 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 success with NYC's eleven massive WPA public swimming pools built in 1936. With the cooperation of the NYC Parks Department, medallions like the one shown are being mounted at 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 story at Living New Deal. See the medallion at Jackie Robinson Pool and Play Center.
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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 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 first... (Read more)
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Photo galleries

East River Park
East River Park
Staten Island ferries
Staten Island ferries
Staten Island Zoo and murals
Staten Island Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo and art
Prospect Park Zoo
Harlem Hospital murals
Harlem Hospital Murals
Bellevue Hospital murals
Bellevue Hospital Murals
1939 World's Fair Aquacade
1939 World's Fair Aquacade
Aymar Embury II - Prolific NYC New Deal architect (20 November 2019) - 63 sites
 
Highbridge Play Center and Pool plus the two Highbridge Parks (October 2019)
 
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, Harlem (August 2018)
 
Brooklyn Navy Yard (June-July 2018)
 
Bryant Park - Manhattan (May 2018)
 
Hillside Homes - Bronx (April 2018)
 
New Deal sites around Washington Square (April 2018) - 9 sites
 
New Deal Schools in the Bronx (and one in Queens), March 2018 - 37 sites
 
Oval Park Bronx 80th Anniversary (September 2017)
 
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 (Manhattan) - 14 sites
 
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 book)
 
Popular Music of the Depression and New Deal (July 2017)
 

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Acknowledgments:
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 Living New Deal 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 Highbridge safari.

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