About & Pics

Description

Urban Archive is the best way to explore the history of New York City. It is the only app that features content from city libraries, museums, historical societies, and preservation organizations all in one place – and it’s 100% free!

VISIT A MUSEUM
Step inside a museum with Urban Archive. The app delivers audio commentary from museum curators, content experts, and featured artists right to your phone as you walk through exhibitions.

UNCOVER HISTORY WHERE IT HAPPENED
Urban Archive is the largest mobile archive of NYC history, ever. We’ve mapped tens of thousands of historical images across the five boroughs, and we’re adding more every day.

TAKE A WALK
Learn about your neighborhood with walking tours created by historians.

RECREATE HISTORY
Shoot instant then-and-now photos of buildings and city streetscapes.

OUR PARTNERS
Urban Archive works with over 30 cultural institutions in NYC, including the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of Chinese in America, the New-York Historical Society, among others. For a full list, visit our website at www.urbanarchive.nyc

 Free in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Mar 08, 2017 (about 2 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 18 days, on average.

May 17
2019
(Current)
Version 1.11

Did you know Urban Archive has companion audio guides for museum exhibitions?

Check them out by tapping Audio Guides in the bottom menu.

Apr 26
2019
Version 1.10.1

Browse today in NYC history as a story in Urban Archive!

Apr 05
2019
Version 1.10

A new onboarding flow to welcome you to Urban Archive!

Mar 28
2019
Version 1.9.2

Bug fixes!

Mar 23
2019
Version 1.9.1

Improvements to our newest feature, stories!
Please let us know what you think feedback@urbanarchive.nyc

Mar 18
2019
Version 1.9

Find stories on the map!

Mar 06
2019
Version 1.8.1

Few minor updates to improve your Urban Archive experience

Feb 20
2019
Version 1.8

Introducing featured stories! Tap the circles at the bottom of the map to browse collections of historical photographs in an immersive narrative.

Feb 05
2019
Version 1.7.3

Fixs a cash that was affecting a small portion of users

Jan 31
2019
Version 1.7.2

- Black pins on the map take you straight to museum pages where you can explore their collections, tours, and more!
- More historical photographs are available to purchase as prints, just look for the "Buy Print" button under photos
- Improvements to navigation and map performance

(This build is the same as 1.7.1 but includes a quick update to fix a crash affecting a small portions of users)

Jan 28
2019
Version 1.7.1

- Black pins on the map take you straight to museum pages where you can explore their collections, tours, and more!
- More historical photographs are available to purchase as prints, just look for the "Buy Print" button under photos
- Improvements to navigation and map performance

Dec 22
2018
Version 1.7

We've added a new map layer: Building outlines! Using NYC Open Data we have replaced many of our map pins with building lots, making it even easier for you to see which buildings around you have historical photographs.

Dec 07
2018
Version 1.6.1

We're rolling out one of our biggest new features to date: Search!
Everything in Urban Archive is now searchable.
Search is your jumping off point for discovering new images, museums, tours, historic profiles, & more.

(This is the same as version 1.6 except fixes a bug where user can get stuck during onboarding)

Dec 05
2018
Version 1.6

We're rolling out one of our biggest new features to date: Search!
Everything in Urban Archive is now searchable.
Search is your jumping off point for discovering new images, museums, tours, historic profiles, & more.

Nov 02
2018
Version 1.5

Improvements to browsing the map and content

Oct 05
2018
Version 1.4

We worked hard to make the app startup time much, much faster!
Open up the app and see over 50,000 pins on the map in a matter of seconds.

Sep 24
2018
Version 1.3.2

Urban Archive is launching a new audio experience that augments the content of museum exhibitions. You can try it out at the Museum of the City of New York and specifically in its current exhibition: Germ City. Let us know what you think at feedback@urbanarchive.nyc.

(This version is the same as 1.3, but includes some bug fixes)

Sep 14
2018
Version 1.3.1

Urban Archive is launching a new audio experience that augments the content of museum exhibitions. You can try it out at the Museum of the City of New York and specifically in its current exhibition: Germ City. Let us know what you think at feedback@urbanarchive.nyc.

(This version is the same as 1.3, but includes some bug fixes)

Sep 13
2018
Version 1.3

We are launching a new feature: AudioX beta. AudioX moves Urban Archive into the museum space, amplifying the content of exhibitions that are currently on display. This new, interactive feature provides a richer, more immersive visit at the Museum of the City of New York and specifically in its current exhibition: Germ City. We hope you'll try out the beta and send your thoughts to feedback@urabnarchive.nyc.

Jul 28
2018
Version 1.01

We released a huge design update last week in version 1.0!
1.01 includes a number of small improvements as we continue to refine the new experience.
Please send any feedback or suggestions to feedback@urbanarchive.nyc. Thanks!

Jul 20
2018
Version 1.0

Welcome to Urban Archive 1.0, our biggest update ever!

A new map-centric interface makes it easy for you to discover the thousands of new historical images we add each week.
With more images, institutions, walking tours and lists — there's something new to learn, no matter where you find yourself in NYC.

May 09
2018
Version 0.6.5

Fixes a bug in which images are sometimes not displayed

May 02
2018
Version 0.6.4

It's now even easier to print and share your favorite historical photos

Apr 09
2018
Version 0.6.3

Share your favorite images by tapping the share icon at the top of any image

Mar 28
2018
Version 0.6.2

- New welcome screens explain how Urban Archive uses location and push notifications to alert you to interesting, nearby historical locations.
- Push notification inbox now accessible from the home screen

Mar 14
2018
Version 0.6.1

Enjoying Urban Archive? Please give us rating or review in the app store.
Just tap "Rate us" from Settings. Thanks!

Feb 13
2018
Version 0.6.0

Purchase prints of your favorite historical photographs!
Currently available for images from Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Feb 04
2018
Version 0.5.13

Bug fixes

Jan 26
2018
Version 0.5.12

More content and events from museums and institutions across NYC!

Jan 11
2018
Version 0.5.11

Minor updates for a faster and less buggy experience

Dec 17
2017
Version 0.5.10

Bug fixes

Dec 10
2017
Version 0.5.9

New organization descriptions: learn more about the museums, libraries, historical societies and preservation organizations whose historic photo collections are available in the app!

Dec 03
2017
Version 0.5.8

Performance improvements for images

Nov 28
2017
Version 0.5.7

Bug fixes

Nov 21
2017
Version 0.5.6

Performance improvements
Bug fixes
Support for iPhone X
Thousands more images added

Oct 21
2017
Version 0.5.5

Bug fixes and design updates

Oct 10
2017
Version 0.5.4

Design updates and bug fixes

Sep 23
2017
Version 0.5.3

Improvements and design updates

Sep 17
2017
Version 0.5.2

Updated for iOS 11

Sep 11
2017
Version 0.5.1

Performance improvements and bug fixes

Aug 15
2017
Version 0.5

- New feature: explore historic profiles of notable New Yorkers
- New tabbed layout makes it easier to navigate the app
- View thumbnails of nearby images whenever you open the map
- Quickly view content contributed by partner institutions

Jul 03
2017
Version 0.4

- The map is now the homepage so you can see historical images around you as soon as you open the app
- New image collections from New York Transit Museum, Prospect Park Alliance, and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
- Performance improvements on the map

May 25
2017
Version 0.3.8

- Tap the logo on the home view to learn more about Urban Archive
- Improved usability and bug fixes on the map and in other views
- Hundreds of new historical locations and images added

Apr 20
2017
Version 0.3.7

- Implemented Mapbox so you can see building numbers when finding historical locations
- Improved performance when loading the app
- Hundreds of new historical locations and images added

Apr 12
2017
Version 0.3.6

- Provide feedback on photos and content by tapping the ? beneath any image caption
- Opt in to "Today in NYC history" push notifications under Settings
- Added Buglife for bug reporting. Take a screenshot and send in your feedback!
- Bug fixes

Tons of new content is being added every day so come check out what's new!

Mar 08
2017
Version 0.3.4

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