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  Fredericka Mandelbaum & The 19th Century Underworld

The notorious Fredericka Mandelbaum aka "Marm Mandelbaum" arrived in Manhattan from Germany in 1849. Her criminal activities in the 19th century garnered her the title of "Queen of Fences." In 1884, she escaped to Canada with an estimated $1 million, avoiding trial in New York. Learn more about this amazing 19th century woman and her criminal empire on the Lower East Side.

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  FOIL Requests

If you would like to file a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request with the NYC Department of Records and Information Services, please contact our FOIL Officer, Ken Cobb via email (
  30,000 Photos Added to Online Gallery

The New York City Department of Records and Information Services, announced the addition of 30,000 photographs to its on-line gallery. The new additions consist of pictures drawn from the Municipal Archives vast holdings and include 187 historical pictures from the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Alien Squad.

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That's So New York: Department of Records Visitor Center
City History is on display for the public at the Department of Records Visitor Center in Downtown Manhattan. They feature an often-changing museum series that highlights artifacts, photos and other treasures direct from the City’s archives. With more than 400 years of civic history, and over 221,000 cubic feet of historic City documents, you never know what you’re going to find at the Visitor Center exhibits.

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Tax Photographs
Between 1939 and 1941, and again in the mid-1980s, the city photographed every house and building in the five Boroughs. Copies of these unique images are now available for purchase.

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Government Publications
Official City of New York government publications are now available in electronic format.

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Collections Archives
With records dating back to the earliest days of European colonial settlement, the Municipal Archives houses 150,000 cubic feet of historical government records.

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Report and Advisory Board


Report and Advisory Board Review Commission
The Report and Advisory Board Review Commission is evaluating the continued usefulness of certain City reports and advisory bodies.

For more information on the Commission, a schedule of upcoming public hearings, or to provide feedback go to the Reports and Boards website.

Learn more about the Report and Advisory Board Review Commission 

NYC CityStore - The Official Store of the City of New York 

CityStore - The Place For Everything New York!
 - Official NYC licensed NYPD, FDNY, DSNY and Parks Merchandise
 - Authentic NYC memorabilia, many original and exclusive items
 - Unique selections of books about New York
 - The Green Book, the Official Directory of the City of New York
 - Wide range of publications issued by various agencies detailing, analyzing 
   and explaining specific areas of government.
 - 100% of all sales benefit the City of New York

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The NYC Municipal Archives now has over 900,000 images available online.