From the Ronay Menschel Director
I am happy to welcome you to the Museum of the City of New York. Among the city’s museums there is only one with the words New, York, and City in its name, and this is precisely what makes this Museum unique: we explore the past of this fascinating and particular place for lessons about our future and we celebrate New York’s heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation.
Whether you visit our landmark home on New York’s Museum Mile or enjoy the Museum online, you’ll discover that the Museum is addressing its present and its future in new ways.
First, an $85 million expansion and modernization of our very outdated facility is well underway, with $68 million already secured. A three-level addition — a new curatorial center topped by the James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller Gallery — provides state-of-the-art climate control for our collections of photographs, prints, theater memorabilia, costumes, and more. With new offices on the fourth and fifth floors completed in August, 2010, construction is now focused on three floors of gallery space in the south wing, which will be ready in the fall of 2011.
At the same time, we have been working hard to revitalize the mission of the Museum, with exhibitions that draw from the Museum’s collections and present cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary scholarship, engaging public and school programs, and publications.
Additionally, we have been hard at work behind the scenes on collections stewardship and access, starting first with our photography collection. And we are very proud that over 50,000 images are now available on our Web site for the enjoyment and education of all.
We are deeply grateful to our members and those who support us in other ways, and I encourage you to consider supporting the Museum by becoming a member — benefits include free admission and so much more.
I hope to see you very soon at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.
Susan Henshaw Jones
President and Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York
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Board of Trustees
James G. Dinan, Chair
Newton P.S. Merrill, Vice Chair and Chairman Emeritus
Susan Henshaw Jones, President and Ronay Menschel Director
Thomas M. Flexner, Vice Chair
Ronay Menschel, Vice Chair
James E. Quinn, Vice Chair
Bruno A. Quinson, Vice Chair
Lawrence J. Simon, Vice Chair
Jane B. O’Connell, Treasurer
Mitchell S. Steir, Assistant Treasurer
Deidre G. O’Byrne, Secretary and Counsel
Elizabeth Farran Tozer, Assistant Secretary
James A. Lebenthal, Of Counsel
Todd DeGarmo, Of Counsel
Leslie V. Godridge, Of Counsel
Jeremy H. Biggs
James E. Buckman
Marvin H. Davidson
James P. Druckman
Barbara J. Fife
Laura Lofaro Freeman
Mark F. Gilbertson
Lorna B. Goodman
James E. Hanley
Robert A. Jeffe
Stanford G. Ladner
Stephen S. Lash
Martin J. McLaughlin
Hebe Dowling Murphy
Allison Whipple Rockefeller
Mary Burwell Schorr
Jeffrey S. Tabak
Daryl Brown Uber
William C. Vrattos
David C. Clapp, Chairman Emeritus
Mrs. William T. Comfort, Vice Chair Emerita
Ex Officio Representatives
Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Hon. John C. Liu, Comptroller, City of New York
Hon. Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate for the City of New York
Hon. Christine C. Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council
Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President
Hon. Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President
Hon. Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President
Hon. James P. Molinaro, Staten Island Borough President
Hon. Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President
Hon. Kate D. Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs
Hon. Dennis Walcott, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Hon. Veronica M. White, Commissioner, City of New York Parks and Recreation
For a copy of the Museum of the City of New York’s most recent financial statement, contact the Museum's Office of Development at 212.534.1672, ext. 3300, or the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. To view the financial statement online, visit www.guidestar.org.