These terms and conditions of use are a legal and binding agreement between you and HereWas LLC governing your use of this software application (app). By using the app, you agree to be bound by the terms. Your use of the app is at your risk. If you are dissatisfied with any of the materials contained in the app, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the app.

Re-posting HereWas LLC's content

This app is owned by HereWas LLC. The branding elements (logos, look, functionality and related elements) and the content on the app, including, but not limited to, images, text, video, graphic designs, audio recordings, multimedia combinations, and computer programs are either owned by HereWas LLC or are in the public domain. You are not authorized to reproduce, distribute, modify, or re-post on another site UNLESS you credit HereWas prominently. Linking to us would also be nice: If you believe that your work has been used in a way that may constitute copyright infringement, please contact HereWas LLC at and we'll rectify the matter, as appropriate.


The content of this app (all maps and text currently) is appropriate for ages 9 and older. HereWas LLC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. HereWas LLC makes no warranty that the app or any of its functions will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that any part of this app are free of viruses or other harmful components. HereWas LLC neither warrants nor makes any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the site or materials on this app in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or otherwise. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, will HereWas LLC be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, this app, including its materials, products, or services, or third-party materials, products, or services made available through this app. You specifically acknowledge and agree that HereWas LLC is not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal content. If you are dissatisfied with the app, or any materials, products, or services on the app, or with any of the app's terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the app. 


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless HereWas LLC and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives from and against all losses, expenses, damages, and costs, including attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of these Terms. Any and all disputes, with the exception of copyright claims, arising out of, under or in connection with this Agreement, including without limitation, its validity, interpretation, performance, or breach, shall be settled by final and binding arbitration in Washington, D.C., pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. We're a tiny company. Please don't force us to go to Washington D.C. We would rather be almost anyplace else.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy governs your use of the software application “HereWas” for mobile devices. HereWas is an app that tells the stories of Manhattan's past where the events actually occurred. No registration or fee is required for you to download and use HereWas.

No Advertising, No Marketing

HereWas does not share or sell any information about you (the downloader/user); it does not share or sell information about how you use HereWas, and it does not share or sell information about your location to anyone. We have no advertisers. You will never see any advertising on HereWas or receive any messages from advertisers (other than HereWas). 
Location access is not required to use the app. However, if you do enable location access and you are in Manhattan, you can touch the circular location button on the upper left of your map screen and see your location displayed on the Manhattan map. This is useful to determine your location relative to the arrows on the map. The app does not collect or share your location information. We do not collect information about you to build any sort of database. The sole exception: we use the information that you provide to us ONLY in order to provide you with the proper user experience. If you contact us (for example, if you email us), we will use your sender information to reply to you. But we will never share your email information with anyone. We are concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your information. We limit access to this information to authorized employees and contractors who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve HereWas.

How it Works

HereWas geo-tags Manhattan's past. Version 1.0 focuses on Broadway. After the app loads, every place of significance is marked on a map with arrows. Touch an arrow to see the headline. If you want more, touch 'here' (in blue). That opens a screen which presents the many-layered story of the past for that particular place. Users can scroll up and down the rows and touch any row. That expands the row and tells you more. The HereWas app is free to download and use. HereWas is a deeper, place-specific dive into Manhattan's past (starting with Broadway) than has been compiled before. Every other street in Manhattan is now in the works. More details are at