New York Responds


Photograph by Milo Hess @milohessphoto

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At this moment of crisis and change, the Museum of the City of New York wants to share your stories of how our city is experiencing both the COVID-19 pandemic and the uprising against police violence. Beginning on July 23, the Museum will unveil the first phase of an outdoor installation featuring some of the many images that have already been submitted to us. This will serve as a starting point for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum later this year to tell the stories of 2020 and imagine what’s next for our city.

Add Your Story: 

  • Share your thoughts and images using #COVIDStoriesNYC and #ActivistNY
    Submissions will be reviewed by our curatorial team on a rolling basis to repost on the Museum’s social media feed and/or to include in our exhibition.
  • Nominate objects for inclusion in our exhibition and/or Museum collection
    If you have an object you think would help our collection tell the story of 2020, email a photo to*

* Please note, due to limited staff, we are only able to reply to emails regarding materials we are actively considering. Because of health restrictions, we request that you do not mail or bring any items to the Museum at this time; until we have guidance from health officials, we will not be accepting physical objects from the public.

Photograph by Milo Hess @milohessphoto


New York Responds is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Additional support provided by M&T Bank and the Honorable Diana Ayala - New York City Council District 8.

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