2. Urban Archives’ NYC Collections

Urban Archive mapMap courtesy Urban Archive

The technology nonprofit Urban Archive summarizes its large collection as, “Interactive maps that combine photographs and history to tell stories of New York City’s architecture, parks, transportation, and other points of interest.” Their most recent campaign, #NewYorkFromHome, partners with big-name local institutions such as the Municipal Arts Society and The Museum of the City of New York.

Available on desktop or phone app, the platform presents the reader with organized tours, seen on the map as separate points illustrated with factoids and vintage pictures. One upload in particular is most apropos: “Epidemic: New York in 1918,” which brings explorers on a virtual walk through the streets of NYC as they were just over 100 years ago.