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      19. DOF: BROOKLYN 1980S TAX PHOTOS
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      22. DOF: QUEENS 1940S TAX PHOTOS
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      57. WOD: MAYOR WILLIAM O'DWYER
      58. WPA FEDERAL WRITERS PROJECT
NYC Municipal Archives Collections

Between 1939 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Taxation, organized teams of photographers to shoot pictures of every building in the five boroughs of New York City. The photographs were taken to improve the process of determining and recording property value assessments.Guide to the 1940s Tax Department photographs, 1939-1951

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  • Type “block=Block# AND lot=Lot#” into the search bar and press search
  • eg. block=118 AND lot=8

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  • No ordinal indicators: examples of ordinal indicators are “th” and “rd”; eg. 1 Street
  • Street numbers should be written numerically; eg. 14 Street

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