Following German Traces in New York City

What’s on your mind first, when you think of a city? The people there. And then, or maybe before that, you think of the buildings that make it special.

A town, city and village is nothing without both. And New York City has both. A city of history. Much has changed over the years as you can see in our exclusive video from 1968.

If you think of New York City, you instantly have the famous Brooklyn Bridge on your mind. Designed by German architect and engineer John Roebling. Now to 74 E 4th St, Manhattan, NY 10003, USA. There you find the Hall of the Aschenbroedel Verein. A professional orchestral musicians’ social and benevolent association. One of the leading German organizations in Kleindeutschland (Little Germany).

Little Germany, also known in as Kleindeutschland and Deutschländle and called Dutchtown by contemporary non-Germans, was a German immigrant neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Many traces of Germany there and in the rest of New York City.

Germania Bank
Steinway and Sons
Great East Side Bazaar (aka Bloomingdale’s)

All German Traces in New York City.


The good folks of the Goethe Institut now have started a project under “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.” What sounds like a reason to stop reading here is in deed a good thing for this particular and ambitious project.

German Traces NYC is a “mobile, augmented reality experience designed to let learners explore German cultural heritage in New York City. The application makes use of archival documents, photographs, and multimedia narratives to bring to life to this significant thread of New York City and United States history.” [source] All that for you to participate and use the information, maybe even work with them.

Maybe also while walking through and exploring the town. Maybe also for someone who lives in Big Apple.

Here’s the full interactive map of all the sights – still to be updated. Share your story of New York if you like to here.



2 thoughts on “Following German Traces in New York City

  1. @Oh God, My Wife Is German: Well, the bridge was designed by a German. – But you own it… Great response. As always. Thanks for reading.

    What’s your favourite spot/place in NYC?

  2. Awesome!

    I just can’t bring myself to tell my German wife the Brooklyn Bridge was designed by a German. I just can’t. Not another brilliant German — her ego is already so far out of control her head barely fits through the door.

    … well, American doors. 🙂


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