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New York City Labor History Map

Welcome to the New York City Labor History Map, a joint project between the New York Labor History Association and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. This web-based map builds on previous research published by the New York Labor History Association and enables users to explore, by location or date, key events in the city's labor history. It documents the history of working men and women in New York City and their struggle to gain concessions such as the eight-hour work day, better pay, improved working conditions, decent and affordable housing, collective bargaining rights, healthcare and pension plans. It also documents important aspects of the city's political and social history, its major protagonists and their contributions to the lives of ordinary people. The site features images and audio to enliven this facet of New York City history. Unless otherwise noted the photographs, papers and oral histories hightlighted here originate from the collections of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives.

To browse the historical locations by location click the numbers on the map to the left. To browse by date please scroll through the timeline below. The location have also been color coded thematically as follows:

Red= Residence | Yellow= Strikes and Boycotts | Pink= Founding and Headquarters | Green= Newspaper or Press location | Blue= Labor Housing | Purple= Arts and Education | Teal= Iconic New York Landmarks

(Last updated on 06/18/2010)

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New York Labor History Timeline

1. 1976/1977 The Tamiment Library and Robert F Wagner Labor Archives, 70 Washington Square South

2. 1712 Maiden Lane, Slave Revolt,Maiden Lane between William and Nassau Streets

3. 1775 City Hall Park, Bridewell Debtors' Jail

4. 1801 Snug Harbor, Sixth to Tenth Streets between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, Staten Island

5. 1809 Thomas Paine Residence, 59 Grove Street

6. 1831 Congress Hall, United Tailoresses' Society Strike, Congress Hall at Bowery and Hester Street

7. 1833 Chatham Street Chapel, Founding of the General
Trades' Union of New York
, Chatham Street between Pearl and Duane Streets

8. 1855 - 1890 Castle Clinton, Immigration, Battery Park

9. 1860 Cooper Union, Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union Address, Third Avenue and Eighth Street

10. Late 1800s The Garment District, Thirty-fourth to Forty-second Streets, Fifth to Ninth Avenues

11. 1868 Working Woman's Association Original Headquarters, 37 Park Row

12. 1870s Steinway Piano Factory and Company Housing, Twentieth Avenue, Forty-first & Forty-second Streets, Astoria, Queens

13. 1872 City Hall Park, Eight-Hour Leagues' Strike, City Hall Park

14. 1872 International Workingmen's Association First Headquarters, Broome and Forsyth Streets

15. 1872 Old Masonic Hall, Carpenters and Joiners Union Strike,
126-128 East Thirteenth Street

16. 1874 Tompkins Square Riot, Tompkins Square Park

17. 1875 Local Taverns, First Meetings of the Cigar Makers International Union, 10 and 80 Stanton Street

18. 1876 Socialist Labor Party Original Headquarters, 184 William Street

19. 1882 Eisler's Golden Rule Hall, The Longshoremen's Strike, 127 Rivington Street

20. 1883 Brooklyn Bridge, Sandhog Strike

21. 1886 Webster Hall , 119 East Eleventh Street

22. 1886 Union Square
P. J. McGuire and the first May Day
, Union Square

23. 1887 New York Piers, Longshoremen Strike, Knights of Labor Piers 25 and 26

24. 1888 United Hebrew Trades, 175 East Broadway

25. 1888 Hebrew Actors' Union Headquarters, 31 East Seventh Street

26. 1890 The Daily People Offices, Socialist Labor Party , William and Spruce Streets

27. 1892 Ellis Island, Immigration

28. 1897 The Jewish Daily Forward Offices, 175 East Broadway

29. 1898 General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Original Headquarters, 20 West Forty-fourth Street

30. 1899 Irving Hall, Newsboy Strike, 211 Broome Street

31. circa 1900 The Daily Shape-up, Ludlow and Hester Streets

32. early 1900s The Labor Lyceum, 64 East Fourth Street

33. 1900 The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union, 1710 Broadway at Fifty-fourth Street

34. 1902 Lower East Side Kosher Meat Boycott, Lower East Side, Avenue D and Third Street

35. 1903 Women's Trade Union League Original Headquarters, 43 East Twenty-second Street

36. 1906 Emma Goldman Residence, 208 East Thirteenth Street, formerly 210 East Thirteenth Street

37. 1906 The Rand School, 7 East Fifteenth Street

38. 1906 Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Bryant Hall, Sixth Avenue between Forty-first & Forty-second Streets

39. 1908 - 1941 Eleanor Roosevelt's Apartment, 49 East Sixty-fifth Street

40. 1909The Amsterdam News Offices, 2340 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

41. 1909-1910 The Shirtwaist Makers Strike, the Uprising of 20,000, ULGU , Great Hall of Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Avenue

42. 1910 Labor Temple, 242 East Fourteenth Street

43. 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire, 23-29 Washington Place

44. 1912 Meyer London Residence, 275 East Broadway

45. 1912 Brooklyn's Brownsville Labor Lyceum, 949 Willoughby Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

46. 1912 The Fur District Strike, Twenty-fifth to Thirtieth Streets between Sixth and Eighth Avenues

47. 1916 Margaret Sanger Birth Control Clinic, 46 Amboy Street, Brooklyn

48. 1916 Lucky Corner, LaGuardia and Marcantonio campaign location, 116th Street and Lexington Avenue

49. 1917 - 1938 Helen Keller Residence, formerly 93 Seminole Avenue, currently the location of the Temple Sinai, 71-11 112th Street, Forest Hills, Queens

50. 1917 - 1928 The Messenger Offices, 2305 and 2311 Seventh Avenue

51. 1918 Malbone Street Subway Station (now the Prospect Park Subway Station), Brooklyn

52. 1919 Lexington Avenue Opera House, Actors' Equity Association Strike, 155 East Fifty-eighth Street

53. 1919 Associated Actors and Artistes of America Headquarters (The "4 A's"), 165 West Forty-sixth Street

54. 1919 African Blood Brotherhood Headquarters , 2299 Seventh Avenue

55. 1920s Chumley's, Industrial Workers of the World Meetings , 86 Bedford Street

56. 1920s-1950s El Centro Espanol, Communist Party Activities and Hispanic Branch Hotel Workers Union , One Hundred and Thirteenth Street and Lexington Avenue

57. 1921 Casa del Pololo, Socialist Party meetings, One Hundred and Eighteenth Street and First Avenue

58. 1921 - 24 The Holland Tunnel, International Union of Operating Engineers and The Sandhogs

59. 1923 Il Martello Offices Offices, 208 East Twelfth Street

60. 1938 Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Headquarters, 217 West 125th Street

61. 1927 Labor Research Association Offices, 80 East Eleventh Street

62. 1927 Amalgamated Apartments, Van Cortlandt Avenue and Gouverneur Boulevard, Bronx

63. 1927 WEVD Studio, West Forty-fifth Street

64. 1930s The Workers' Lab Theater (Theater of Action), 42 East Twelfth Street

65. 1931 Empire State Building, Thirty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue

66. 1932 Harlem Unemployed Counil, Unemployment Rally, 125th Street and Eighth Avenue

67. 1933 Transfiguration Catholic Church, Chinese Hand-Laundry Alliance, Transfiguration Catholic Church, 29 Mott Street

68. 1933 The Catholic Worker Offices, 55 East Third Street

69. 1934 Blumstein's Department Store, Jobs-for-Negroes Boycott, 230-238 West 125th Street

70. 1934 Fifty-ninth Street IRT Powerhouse, Transport Workers Union of America , Fifty-ninth Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues

71. 1934 Jewish Labor Committee Headquarters, 25 East Twenty-first Street

72. 1935 Greenpoint Hospital, Works Progress Administration Mural, Kingsland and Skillman Avenue, Brooklyn

73. 1935 Harlem Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem Joint Council on Discriminatory Practices Rally, 174 West 136th Street

74. 1935 Robert F. Wagner Residence, Eighty-seventh Street and Lexington

75. 1936 Negro Labor Committee, Harlem Labor Center, 312 West 125th Street

76. 1936 American Labor Party Headquarters, Labor's Non-Partisan League , Forty-fourth Street and Broadway

77. 1937 Labor Stage Theater, Pins and Needles, ILGWU , Thirty-ninth Street and Broadway

78. 1939 Harlem Labor Union, Rally for Jobs, 125th Street and Seventh Avenue

79. 1939 Macy's Department Store, Retail Workers Strike, Herald Square, Sixth Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street

80. 1941 Brooklyn Navy Yard, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Strike
, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

81. 1941 Gimbels Department Store, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Strike, Herald Square

82. 1943 New York City Center , 131 West Fifty-fifth Street

83. 1945 Chelsea Piers, Longshoremen's Wildcat Strike, Eleventh Avenue Between Twenty-Third Street and Nineteenth Street

84. 1946 United Pulbic Workers, CIO Local 1 Headquarters,
13 Astor Place

85. 1949 Electchester Housing, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
164th Street & Kissena Boulevard, Harry Van Arsdale Avenue & Long Island Expressway, Queens

86. 1953 Grand Street East River Houses, ILGWU, 530 Grand Street

87. 1958 AFSCME, District Council 37 Offices, Executive Order 49, 125 Barclay Street

88. 1959 Montefiore Hospital, Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union Strike, 111 E 210th St, Bronx

89. 1959 The New York City Central Labor Council Headquarters, 275 Seventh Avenue

90. 1960 United Federation of Teachers Headquarters, 50/52 Broadway

91. 1963 Harlem Operation Fight Back Headquarters, 320 Pleasant Ave

92. 1965 New York City Department of Welfare Offices, Welfare Workers Strike, 250 Church Street

93. 1965 Taxi Workers' Alliance Headquarters, Taxi Workers Strike, 37 East Twenty-eighth Street

94. 1966 Transport Workers Union of America Headquarters, Transit Strike, 80 West End Avenue

95. 1967 Uniformed Sanitationmen Association Headquarters, Sanitationmen Strike, 25 Cliff Street

96. 1968 Brownsville Ocean-Hill School District, National Federation of Teacher's Strike, Brooklyn

97. 1969 The Association for Union Democracy Headquarters, 104 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn

98. March 1970 The United States Post Office Building, American Postal Workers' Union Strike, Eighth Avenue between Thirty-first and Thirty-third Street

99. 1971 Empire State Labor College, Lexington Avenue and Twenty-fifth Street

100. 1971 Communications Workers of America, District 1 Headquarters, AT&T Bell Strike, 303 W Forty Second Street

101. 1972 Major League Baseball Players' Association Headquarters, Baseball Strike, 12 East Forty Ninth Street

102. 1973 Democratic Socialists of America Headquarters, 75 Maiden Lane

103. 1973 World Trade Center, 200 Greenwich Street

104. 1977 Communist Party Headquarters, 235 West Twenty-third Street

105. 1977-78 United Women Firefighters Headquarters, First Women Firefighters, 300 West Fifty Fiith Street

106. 1979 Abraham Lincoln Brigade Office, 799 Broadway

107. 1981 Javits Center, United Tradeswomen Protest, 655 West Thirty Fourth Street

108. 1982 Chinatown Strike, ILGWU , Columbus Park 67 Mulberry Street

109. 1982 The Village Voice Offices, 36 Cooper Square

110. 1985 Columbia University, Morningside Heights

111. 1988 United Marine Division of the International Longshoremen's Association Headquarters, Local 333 Strike, 17 Battery Place

112. 1989 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Strike , 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn

113. 1990 Daily News Offices, Newspaper Strike, Newspaper and Mail Deliverers' Union, 24-16 Queens Plaza South, Queens

114. 1992 The Earth Pledge Foundation Offices, Theodore W. Kheel, 122 East Thirty-eighth Street

115. 1993 United Auto Workers Headquarters, District 65, 13 Astor Place

116. 1994 Silver Palace Restaurant, Restaurant Workers Strike, 50 Bowery

117. 2003 Flushing Meadow, Immigrant Rally, Corona Park, Queens

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