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:
24 April 2019
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.
"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."
, Bronx NY.
In the news:
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.
Ocasio-Cortez on Ferry Point Park, 27 Feb 2019.
Park was a WPA project (but now it's Trump Links).
- The Green New Deal
House Resolution, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, 5 February 2019.
Post Op-Ed, Richard Walker, 26 February 2019 [PDF].
- $60 million Orchard Beach renovation
project announced, 9 January 2019.
- Translations of this page available,
16 January 2019.
the New Deal's Lost History in New York City, Peggy Crane,
Living New Deal Summer 2018 Newsletter.
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
(fixed 26 March 2019):
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... Like the song
! (Read more
Thanks to Peter da Cruz
for his collaboration on the Van Cortlandt Park gallery; to
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
New Mexico New Deal gallery.
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
Park Bronx 80th Anniversary
New Deal Projects in the Bronx
(plus a few in
Queens, 58 sites; Latest: July 21, 2018)
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) - 18 projects in
Hampton and Newport News (and more)
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...