Special Archive Photos Part of City Exhibit

Photos from the Bridges and Tunnels Special Archive collection taken as the Verrazano-Narrows was being built are part of a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York entitled "From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012."

The exhibit, which runs through January, takes a look at the individuals, communities, institutions and city agencies that have shaped Staten Island's development over the past 350 years.

The Verrazano-Narrows photos are part of Bridges and Tunnels' historical collection that parallels the growth of modern New York City. The B&T Special Archive contains 100,000 photographs, 40,000 drawings, 50 scale models, and 40,000 feet of film footage. The artifacts make up one of the most extensive visual records of Depression-era public works in the country.

The B&T photos are featured in an interactive Ipad slideshow on view at the gallery. The exhibit, which opened on Sept. 13, examines the growth and changes that have taken place in Staten Island throughout its history.

Strategically located at the entry to the world's greatest harbor, Staten Island has served as a breadbasket for New York City; a pleasure ground of estates and sporting grounds, including cricket, tennis, and foxhunting; a refuge for the needy at charitable institutions such as Sailors' Snug Harbor; a center for early industrial activity at Linoleumville and Factoryville; an international port with ship-building facilities; and a place people call home, from early suburbs to public housing developments.

In addition to the photos, B&T provided re-mastered film footage from showing the construction.