Bespoke readers constantly ask how to get old photos of their house or building and the best way to get these images is through the city's own archives. Home renovators will be happy to hear that New York City keeps a tax photo record of all older homes, and photos can be retrieved from the 1940's and the 1980's. We would suggest folks to stick with getting the 1940's copy for the most accuracy. Small copies are $35 and larger sets are $50 (which might be better for detail). Check out the NYC Tax Photograph site here: LINK.