New York's Got Game

Basketball in the City

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. New York’s Got Game: Basketball in the City 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 videohighlighting the connections between basketball, music, and fashionwill enable visitors to relive historic highs and lows and learn how New York and basketball have shaped each other.



Bobbito Garcia, "Definition Jay from Above," 2010. © Bobbito Garcia
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