Team Up for a History Hunt Through Bay Ridge With Urban Archive

The Bay Ridge Theatre. Photo by Wurts Bros. via New York Public Library


If you think you know the history and lore of Bay Ridge like the back of your hand you can prove your smarts with an upcoming history hunt.

Urban Archive, an app that mines the collections of New York City’s institutions to create a mobile archive, the Historic Districts Council and the New York City Department of Records are hosting a team-based scavenger hunt through the historic neighborhood this month.

Participants of all ages can gather a team of up to four members for a roughly two-mile dash to locate notable Bay Ridge spots and earn points. Everyone meets up after to find out who scored the most points and earned the top prize. You might want to plan for all that competitive scrambling by wearing some comfortable walking shoes.

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Shore Road circa 1905-1915. Photo by Detroit Publishing Company via Library of Congress

At least one member of each team will need an iPhone (iOS 10.0 or a more recent version) and the Urban Archive App. You can download the app for free by clicking here. It’s not a bad idea to get familiar with the app before the hunt begins so you don’t lose any scavenging time. The app is loaded with historic images and, for the first time, an Urban Archive scavenger hunt that will include circa 1940 tax photos from the neighborhood.

The event starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 6 and is free, but advanced registration is required. For more information on the hunt or to register, visit the Urban Archive event page.

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