84 Willett Street #usa #general

Carl Kaplan

In the 1900 census, 3 of the 22 families living at 84 Willett Street in New York City were my family. At other times, other family members lived there. Where would be the best place to get a photo of the building at 84 Willett Street around 1900? Thank you.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Avi Debby


I do not know about getting a photo of the building ~1900, but NYC took photos of every building in 1940.  Here is a link to the site:

1940s NYC | Street photos of every building in New York City in 1939/1940


Hope this helps.

Avi Brickner

Bruce Drake

p.s. I don't believe the photo for which I sent you a link includes number 84. I see a "42" on one of the buildings

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Erika Gottfried

The New York Public Library has numerous collections that hold photographs of New York street scenes and houses, a portion of which have been digitized.  See:

See also a very useful 2014 piece, "How to Find Historical Photos of New York City," by Carmen Nigro, research librarian at NYPL's division of local history and genealogy, at:  https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/07/30/find-historical-photos-nyc
A Google search with the following search terms "nypl local history nyc street photos" yielded some useful results as well.  

Good luck with your search.
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey


Here is a photo taken of the corner of Willets and Delancey Streets.circa 1901. I found it via Google from some NYC records. The photo tells us a lot..... I suspect NYC has more. Also believe there were fire insurance records for many streets which ofteen include photos. Not sure where t hese can be found.

On a personal note, my own grandmother lived at 105 Willetts from 1898 till 1901, before moving to Williamsburg. She is listed in the 1900 Census probably a page or two after your family.

Richard B. Brown
Glastonbury, CT

e l

The following article details available photographs and many other records of genealogical interest, held at the New York City Municipal Archives:
“Online Resources of Genealogical Value at the New York City Municipal Archives,” Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Teaneck, New Jersey, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, Summer 2019, pp. 11-14. To the best of my knowledge, it is not available online.

Edward David Luft

Washington, DC