Date: Jun 01, 2011
Press Release Number: 32-2011
Port Authority Begins Initiative to Digitize its Photo Archive
As it continues to commemorate its 90-year history, the Port Authority today launched a new Web site that will allow the public to buy classic photographs from the agency’s rich history.
The Web site – www.portauthorityarchive.com – contains hundreds of photographs dating to the 1920s and 1930s when it built the George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, and the region’s major airports, to more recent shots of the building of the World Trade Center site. The photographs are being made available to the public for the first time in the agency’s history and are available for purchase.
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “The Port Authority has a long and storied history in building the backbone of the region’s economy. These classic photographs make for excellent keepsakes, and can also teach the next generation about the birth and growth of the region’s premier transportation network.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “These photos capture innovative and engineering achievements, as well as historic leadership moments throughout the agency’s 90-year history of building a stronger economic future for the region.”
Image Exchange, a boutique e-commerce firm based in Brooklyn who also has handled similar projects for the MTA and the Chicago Transit Authority, will manage the Web site and sales.
This project begins a Port Authority initiative to digitize both historic and current photos.
In addition to the photographs, the Web site also will link the public to information about the Port Authority’s history.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.