TAX PHOTOGRAPHS by MichaelChoate

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									4 methods to research your home’s own history:

   1)     “Tax” Department Photographs, ca 1940
   2)     Property Records
   3)     News Articles
   4)     Addresses, Censuses and Tax Records

1) “Tax” Department Photographs, ca 1940

Objective: How to get a copy or obtain a photograph(s) from the Dept of
Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives




             “Tax” Department Photograph, ca. 1940


Go to information desk and ask for the Manhattan Land Books 1934 (Grey Book)
(borough, street, house, block and lot number)
Go to the Index Section for the Street, House # and Plate Page Number
Go to the Plate Page to fine the Block and Lot Numbers
Use the SBNLG as a guide to help locate the block and lot numbers



               SBLNG - Street, Block, Lot Number Guide (copies at the front desk)


Go to the Manhattan Tax Photo Index Book (Black Binder)
Look up the Block and Lot numbers to find the Film Index Number

Go to Cabinet #6 and pull the Film Index Number Microfilm Reel

Go to the Canon MS 400 Microfilm machine
Scroll through until you find the Film Index #,
Search through the reel using the Block and Lot #’s for your home’s picture
(the details of film are not clear and may be dark)

Ready to print out a copy of the picture(s)


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Press the big green button on the lower right hand side of monitor
Pay for the picture at the front desk.
Each print out will cost 50 cent. (the quality is very poor and dark)

You can order a photograph from $35 to $80, the quality of the picture is great.




        1940/1980s Tax Photo Order Form


Travel Direction:
Take public transportation as there is virtually no on-street parking in the vicinity.

Take the 4, 5, 6, J, M, Z train to The Brooklyn Bridge Station. Walk half a block to
Chambers Street
Take the R, W train to The City Hall Station. Walk one block east to Center Street
Take the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 train to The Chambers Street Station. Walk three blocks
east to Center Street

The Department of Records and Information Services is located in the
Surrogate's Court Building at 31 Chambers Street (northwest corner) in the Civic
Center area of lower Manhattan. All visitors to 31 Chambers Street must present
a photo ID and pass through security magnetometers. The Municipal Archives
Research Room 130 is located on the Main Floor. 212-768-8580 or 212-788-
8577

Hours of operation:
Mon - Thurs       9:00AM to 4:00PM
Fri               9:00AM to 1:00PM
Sat – Sun         Closed

Online Services:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/taxphotos/home.shtml#order
http://www.nyc.gov – to find the block and lot numbers

History of this Collection:




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During the 1930's, local governments began to use photography as a tool for
appraising real property for taxation purposes. New York City was the largest
municipality to adopt this technology. The result was 720,000 35mm black and
white images of every property in the five Boroughs. The Municipal Archives
acquired the original negatives (20,000 strips of film stored in cans) in the early
1980s. The original film stock was nitrate and some negatives had begun to
deteriorate and exhibit signs of "redo" blemishes (which look like giant snow
flakes). With grant funds from federal, state, and private sources, the Archives
duplicated the original negatives so that new prints can be produced and copied
them to microfilm so that patrons can easily and safely view the entire collection.
Copies of these unique images are now available for purchase.




2) Property Records

Objective: How to get a copy of the original Deeds, Encumbrances,
Mortgages and Indentures:

Research 1966 to present only:
Go to the ACRIS Web Application Viewer (Automated City Register Information System)
Press “Find Addresses and Parcels”

Next Screen:
Property Address:
If you know the property address, complete the fields and press “Find BBL” to
find Borough/Block/Lot of the property

Property Borough/Block/Lot:
If you know the Borough, Block and Lot of the property, complete the fields below
and press the “Find Address” button to fine the address of the property

Next Screen:
Press “Document Search by BBL”




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Next Screen:
View the property indexes and press the “IMG” button to view documents
Print outs will cost $1, certify copy will cost $4

Research before 1966:
Go to the Microfilm Department located in the same room
Use the ACRIS Web Application Viewer to find the Block and Lot numbers
Search in the Property Records Index book for the Block and Lot numbers to find
the LIber/ Reel number which is need to complete the Request to Examine Real
Property Files Form



                  Request Examine Real Property File Form


You will receive the microfilm reel from the clerk




              Copy of Original Deed dated April 18, 1885




Travel Directions:
Take public transportation as there is virtually no on-street parking in the vicinity.

Take the 4, 5, A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3 train to the Fulton Street Station. Walk two
blocks east to 66 John Street, located between Dutch and William

Department of Finance Public Research Office of The Surveyor Vendor/VENDEX
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Service Is locate in the City of New York Manhattan Business Center on 13 floor
New York, NY, 10038, Phone 212-361-7350 or 212-361-7660,

Hours of operation:
Mon – Fri           8:30AM to 4:30PM
Sat, Sun, Holidays Closed


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Online Services:
Website: www.nyc.gov/html/dof, www.nyc.gov/acris



History of this Collection:

3) News Articles

Objective: How to get a copy of articles about your building:

Login to the Computer Station using your Library Bar Code number, which is
located on your library card (45 minutes time allotments)
Click on the database page to enter into the ProQuest system
Scroll down to “Databases by Title” at the bottom of the page
Click on the letter “N”
Scroll down to The New York Times (1851-2005) Archives
Type in the house and street number in the subject matter basic search box
Press Search
The articles will appear on the next screen if there is a match




               New York Times Article


Emails are free, print outs are 10 cent each

Travel Direction:

Take public transportation as there is virtually no on-street parking in the vicinity.

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Take the 1, 2, 3 to 42 Street and Bway. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue
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Take the A, C to 42 Street and Eighth Ave. Walk four blocks east to Fifth Ave
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Take the D, B, F, V to 42 Street Avenue. Walk one block east to Fifth Avenue
Take the 4, 5, 6 to Grand Central Station. Walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue



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MTA Bus
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M1, M2, M3, M4, M6, M7, M42, M104, Q32 to Fifth Avenue and 42 Street

The New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch (212-340-0863) is located
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at 455 Fifth Avenue at 40 Street, Go up to the Information desk located on the
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2 floor. Bags will be searched before you enter the building.

Hours of operation:
Mon – Wed           9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thurs – Sat       10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun               1:00PM to 5:00PM

Online Services:
www.nypl.org

History of this Collection:
4) Addresses, Censuses and Tax Records

Objective: Research the Phillip’s Elite Book, New York City Address
Directory, NYC and Police Census and Tax Records for former residents

Using the Phillip’s Elite Book – Room 100
Go to Periodical and Microform Reading Room located on the first floor.
Fill out the NYPL Call Number Slip


                  Call Number Slip


Call number: ZAN-4139
Periodical: Phillip’s elite directory of private families and ladies visiting and
                      shopping guide for New York City
Date:           Indicate the years you want
There may be up to a 45 minutes wait before receiving the reels
Please sign up at the Desk for use of printers
Insert roll using the Canon Microfilm Scanner 300
Scroll through the film until you find the street and house number
Print outs are 25 cent a page



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                  Phillips Elite Book


Using the New York City Address Directory – Room 119
Go to The Milstein Division Microform Room located on the first floor.
Go to the New York City Directories Cabinet #8
The New York City through Manhattan, NY is the 6 draws from the top
Pull the reel from the cabinet, which is indicated by the year
Scroll through the film until you find the names of previous owners
Please sign up at the desk for use of the printers
Insert roll using the Canon Microfilm Scanner 400
Print outs are 25 cent a page




                 New York City Address Book




Using the Aid to Finding Addresses in the 1890 New York Police Census –
Room 121
Go to the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History
and Genealogy
Go to the information desk and ask for the Aid to Finding Addresses in the 1890
NYC Police Census Books (You need to know the addresses to look up)
Use the books to look up the following information:
Street name
Book number
House number

Go to Room 119
Go to the State and Local Censuses Cabinets
Go to Cabinet #1 – 1890 NYC (Manhattan Police Census Reel)
Pull the reel from the cabinet, which is indicated by Book number


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Scroll through the film until you find the address and names of previous owners
Please sign up at the desk for use of the printers
Insert roll using the Canon Microfilm Scanner 400
Print outs are 25 cent a page

Missing image – NYC Police Census


Using the United States Census – Room 121
Go to the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History
and Genealogy
US census is conducted every 10 years the 1890 US census was destroyed in a
fire. The New York City Police Census is the alternate form of information for this
year.
Get the Enumeration District Number.




                     United States Census


Using the Tax Records – Room 121
Go to the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History
and Genealogy




                      Tax records




Printing
Go to the Copy Card Disperser, location in each room
Insert $1 bill to purchase a card (new card cast 30 cents)
Print outs cost 25 cent each

Travel Direction:




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Take public transportation as there is virtually no on-street parking in the vicinity.

                      nd
Take the 1, 2, 3 to 42 Street and Bway. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue
                    nd
Take the A, C to 42 Street and Eighth Ave. Walk four blocks east to Fifth Ave
                         nd
Take the D, B, F, V to 42 Street Avenue. Walk one block east to Fifth Avenue
Take the 4, 5, 6 to Grand Central Station. Walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue

MTA Bus
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M1, M2, M3, M4, M6, M7, M42, M104, Q32 to Fifth Avenue and 42 Street

Hours of operation:
Mon                 11:00AM to 6:00M
Tues - Wed          11:00AM to 7:30PM
Thurs - Sat         11:00PM to 6:00PM
Sun & Holidays      Closed
Bags will be searched before you enter the building

Online Services:
Visit www.nypl.org/humanities

History of this Collection:

The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, stands on the
site of the Croton Reservoir, established in 1985. Internationally recognized as
one of the world’s great libraries, The New York Public Library is the only facility
of its kind, with both world-class research and circulation collections that are free
and open to the general public. Now in its second century, The New York Public
Library offers services at 89 locations, including four major research centers and
a network of neighborhood libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten
Island.




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