Share historic photos of your mom in New York City as part of a new crowdsourced map

April 28, 2021

A card and flowers are nice, but what about making your mom a documented piece of New York City’s history? Tech nonprofit Urban Archive this week launched “NY <3 Moms,” a new crowdsourced campaign in celebration of Mother’s Day. The group is asking New Yorkers to submit photos of their moms or caregivers taken across the five boroughs that will then be added to their extensive digital map of historic images.

For those interested in participating, send the photo of your mom in New York to Urban Archive, along with a few sentences about when and where the photograph was taken, at team@urbanarchive@nyc or by direct messaging them on social media.

Don’t forget to include your name and email, the location and date of the photo (if possible), and a brief description.

Urban Archive will accept submissions through May 9. They will wrap up the campaign on Mother’s Day with a story that spotlights all of those “city moms” on Urban Archive. See examples of what they are looking for here.

Since launching in 2016, Urban Archive has mapped “91,273 images across 34,977 locations in three cities around the world, crafted 6,445 detailed posts, assembled 565 stories, and sent hundreds of New Yorkers on historical scavenger hunts in NYC.”


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