It is no secret that New York is a money town.

Capital of Capital: New York's Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy explores the central role of New York’s innovative and controversial banking sector in creating the economic dynamo that is New York. Tracing the trajectory of the city’s banks from the founding of the Bank of New York by Alexander Hamilton in 1784 to their primacy in today’s national and global economies, the exhibition utilizes rare historical objects and images, including banking instruments, architectural renderings, and advertisements, to tell a saga of growth, innovation, and, at times, unintended consequences. In so doing, it shows that finance not only became central to the city’s economic development but also its cultural identity.

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