A basement. A parking lot. A dead end.

These are negligible places. You see them everyday without noticing.

Pick a place in Manhattan. If you could peer through the layers of time, you'd see that what was negligible, is now considerable. What was forgettable, is now memorable.

A basement was once home to a forgotten literary round table. A parking lot occupies the land of North America's first synagogue. A street's dead end is where George Washington saved America during the Revolutionary War.

HereWas geo-tags Manhattan's past.

HereWas is a deeper, place-specific dive into Manhattan's past than has been done before.

HereWas reveals events that are separated in time, but collide in space.

Now introducing Broadway.

Every other street in Manhattan is now in the works. More details are at

"The past, he thought, is linked with the present by an unbroken chain of events flowing one out of another. And it seemed to him that he had just seen both ends of that chain; that when he touched one end the other quivered." Anton Chekhov

CEO: Miranda Sacharin
Inspiration: Jay Dean
Database design: Knud van Eeden
App development: Bob Swart
Content: Ken Sacharin

© 2017 HereWas. All Rights Reserved.

What’s New

Version 1.0.13

We added some historical details in the content, and we squashed a bug.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

LinFishr ,

Takes a close look

As a New York City tour guide, I am always on the lookout for information I can use to enhance the experience of my tour participants. This app takes a deep dive into the characters and events that make up the fabric of historical New York and form the layers that lie just beneath the streets we walk today. Can be used by historians, locals and tourists alike - you are guaranteed to learn something. Well done!

Jwpattack ,

Easy to use, really interesting info.

The app has A LOT of historical information based on specific locations in Manhattan. I can't wait to try it the next time I'm in the city and can take advantage of the user location based sites.

Hero of Sparta ,

Interesting and deep - you need this if you visit NY or live there.

This app is incredibly eye-opening. It’s a gateway into the incredible history of almost every inch of New York. I loved it on a recent trip but have only started to scratch the surface. And evidently more is coming.


HereWas LLC
64.2 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2016 HereWas, LLC


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