Basketball in New York
Opens February 14, 2020
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The many stories of basketball in New York.
Basketball was born in a Springfield, Massachusetts, YMCA in 1891, but its real history and development is a New York story. Played on schoolyards and street corners, in gymnasiums and glittering professional arenas throughout the five boroughs, basketball reflects the cultural, social, economic, ethnic, and racial history of the city. City/Game: Basketball in New York captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban game and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it. Original objects and ephemera showcased alongside photography, audio, and video—highlighting the connections between basketball, music, and fashion—will enable visitors to relive historic highs and lows and learn how New York and basketball have shaped each other.
City/Game is made possible in part by Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Estee Tobaly and Henry Swieca, Nathan Romano, Mitchell S. Steir/Savills, Heather and William Vrattos, Andrea London, and other generous donors.