archives.jpgGothamist occasionally searches through the Municipal Archives for work, but did you know you can visit the Archives pleasure? Without leaving the comfort of your couch?

The NYC TV Channel 74 series Inside the Archives takes you on a weekly tour of historic New York. Over 300 rare photographs of buildings, bridges and public spaces are featured in each and every episode. Some photographs from the episodes can be viewed online and are available for purchase.

Inside the Archives airs Friday nights at 11:00pm, with encore presentations the following Saturday and Wednesday at 12:00am. Upcoming episodes:

Historical Buildings, Housing, Bridges, NYC Parks [August 13]
Historical Waterworks, NYC Parks, Air Transportation, Streets of NY [August 20]
NYC Mayors [August 27]

No television? No sweat! Gothamist can sympathize with this dilemma, but no need to worry, you can stream Channel 74 online.

Click here for the complete NYC TV schedule.