Extent: 14 boxes, 7 oversize drawers
This collection consists of material pertaining to land in and around New York City and its boroughs. It comprises a variety of documents including deeds, mortgages, bills, contracts, titles, tenant agreements, property records, and surveys; and primarily dates from the mid 1700’s to mid 1800’s.
Scope and Content
The Collection on Real Estate in New York City and Surrounding Areas consists of a variety of documents spanning the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The bulk of the material is dated from the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s. The collection concerns land and buildings in New York City including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, as well as some outer lying areas such as Dutchess, Westchester, Ulster and Suffolk Counties. The collection is primarily made up of legal documents such as indentures, leases, deeds, mortgages, contracts, property lists and transfers, bills and receipts of payment, tax valuations, tenant agreements, titles, financial records and wills, but also contains surveys of land, maps, advertisements, and correspondences.
Among these items are a few people and places that feature predominantly in the collection:
Lower Manhattan – Documents pertaining to land in Manhattan mostly feature land downtown, south of present-day Houston Street. This includes areas in what is today known as the East Village, the Financial District, The Lower East Side, and present day Chinatown. Notable Lower Manhattan Streets mentioned include South, Water, John, Pearl, Wall, Chambers, Broome, Mulberry, Elizabeth, Canal, Grand, and Mott Streets.
Westchester County – Documents pertaining to Westchester County feature land in the towns of Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and Yonkers. Material concerning Mamaroneck mostly corresponds with the Palmer family, namely Nehemiah and Samuel Palmer, as well as Elizabeth and Peter Allaine.
Ulster and Sullivan Counties – There are a handful of documents pertaining to the neighboring counties of Ulster and Sullivan. These are mostly deeds from the 1790s involving Robert R. Livingston.