The New Deal in New York City 1932-1943

Frank da Cruz
Bronx NY
August 2015
Most recent update: Tue Jun 28 08:18:08 2016
The New Deal was a federal program during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration that (among other things) put millions of unemployed people to work building useful things. Read more below the images.

New York City New Deal site search:
When I moved to the Bronx in 2012 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, take a look at what what was accomplished in just one city in the 1930s and 40s when the government put ordinary people first.

Thanks to Peter da Cruz for his collaboration on the Van Cortlandt Park gallery and to Aleida Morel 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.

Photo Galleries

New Deal Projects in the Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park New Deal Tour (Bronx)
Kingsbridge Heights New Deal Tour (Bronx)
Central Park New Deal Tour (Manhattan)
Riverside Park New Deal Tour (Manhattan)
Randall's Island New Deal Projects (Borough of Manhattan)
Working New Neal (New York City)
Notable New Deal Projects in New York City

Text resources

This site attempts to show what New Deal funding accomplished in New York City (mainly in the Bronx). To explore the nationwide New Deal in depth, please visit the Living New Deal project. To explore the New Deal in New York City in greater detail, see the following local resources:

• Overview of the New Deal in New York City
• Table of New Deal Projects in the Bronx
• Table of New York City Parks Department Projects, 1934-43
• New Deal Assistance in NYC Parks Department Projects, 1934-43
• New York City Parks Department Press Release Archives, 1934-43
• About Living New Deal