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Behind-the-Scenes Friday, December 1, 2023

The (Oven) Mitts are Off!

What already feels like a long-standing winter holiday tradition is surprisingly only in its second year. Learn about our crowd-pleasing installation from first-year entrant John Kuehn.
Notable New Yorkers Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Remembering Dorothy Pitman Hughes

The Museum remembers Dorothy Pitman Hughes, who spent four decades working with community organizations and social movements in New York City around race, gender, and class. In addition, Pitman Hughes was a singer, a speaker, and a small business owner.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, January 3, 2023

MCNY Wrapped

From launching exhibitions about food and faith in New York City to wrapping up major digitization projects, the Museum’s staff has accomplished a lot in 2022. Read about what we’ve been up to! 
Urban Tastes Friday, November 18, 2022

The Washington Business Institute

Analog technologies created new opportunities, but many individuals couldn’t access them without a fight. The Washington Business Institute operated from 1930–1980. It was there that over 5,000 African Americans, the vast majority of them women, learned skills to prepare them for working in an office environment.
Movements and Causes Friday, April 29, 2022

From Pride March to Museum Exhibit

Museum fellow Smaran Dayal discusses recent changes to the exhibition "Activist New York," which now includes a "Current Events" section and features his involvement with intersectional queer political activism in the city.
Movements and Causes Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X

Activists Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X, subjects of the installation "Raise Your Voice" at the Museum of the City of New York, had brief but important connections as part of their work in the Black and Asian American liberation movements and beyond.  
Movements and Causes Friday, November 12, 2021

Thirty-One in ’21: New York Women in Office Past and Present

Last week, amidst the din of political commentary following elections nationwide, New Yorkers elected 25 new women candidates to the New York City Council. The record-breaking number of women elected to the New York City Council last week include Democrats, Republicans, socialists, many overlapping identities, and several historic firsts.
Behind-the-Scenes Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Long Fight for Educational Equity in NYC

In the fall of 2020, the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center began its series “Examining Equity in NYC,” looking at the historical roots of today’s movements for change. In this post, we dive into the stories from our workshop on the movement to desegregate the city’s public schools and offer resources for educators and students.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Marian Anderson's Concert Gowns

Exploring Anderson’s career, the Museum has undertaken a project to examine, photograph, and digitize a collection of twelve garments—11 concert gowns and one coat dating from the early 1930s to the late 1950s—that were donated to the museum in 1993 by Bette Midler to help preserve the singer’s legacy.
Notable New Yorkers Friday, November 13, 2020

Glory at The Garden: When the Knicks Won it All

On May 8, 1970, the New York Knicks won their very first NBA championship amidst a tumultuous era in NYC history. Reflect on a time when the city’s sports stars were like rock stars, and it felt like anything was possible in New York.  
City Artifacts Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Glass Ballot Box and Political Transparency, 1856/2020

Amid outcries about the possibilities of election rigging or the hacking of electronic voting machines, we are reminded that the democratic process has always been a contested sphere. In 1856, the United States was embroiled in conflicts that might seem familiar to today’s readers. In response to news about election tampering, New Yorker Samuel Jollie proposed a novel solution: a ballot box made of glass.
Notable New Yorkers Monday, October 19, 2020


Since the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, 2020 at the age of 87, countless pieces have explored her work and enormous legacy.
Movements and Causes Friday, August 21, 2020

100 Years with the 19th Amendment

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of voting rights for women, we look at how this has spurred digital initiatives, new monuments, collaborative consortiums, new scholarship and nuanced conversations that complicate the legacy of the suffrage movement and demonstrate the significant yet partial victory of the amendment.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Milton Glaser and I [heart] New York

A tribute to celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser, who created the iconic I [heart] NY logo. A selection of his works were recently added to the Museum’s Ephemera Collection, and several reflect cultural and social movements of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Notable New Yorkers Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Elsie Richardson: Investing in Bed-Stuy

Civil rights and community activist Elsie Richardson (1922-2012) undertook visionary organizing in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant beginning in the 1960s. Her work in creating the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation drew citywide and national attention.
Notable New Yorkers Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mario César Romero

Mario César Romero, (b. 1942) was a great friend to the Museum who recently passed away from COVID-19. Kathy Benson Haskins, former Museum staff member (now retired) and Community Advocate, wrote this heartfelt tribute that highlights his connections to East Harlem.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

#COVIDStoriesNYC: Students as Curators and Photojournalists

The Ed Stories series draws from the Museum of the City of New York’s digital resources to aid educators in navigating the waters of remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis. This post encourages students to assume the role of curator or photojournalist by documenting and interpreting their experiences during the current pandemic.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Be a Champion of the City on #GivingTuesdayNow

Tuesday, May 5, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We are asking you to support the Museum’s enduring role as New York’s Storyteller, and help ensure we are here to share the next chapter of New York’s epic story.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Five Ideas for Turning an MCNY Lesson Plan into a Remote Learning Tool

The Ed Stories series draws from the Museum of the City of New York’s digital resources to aid educators in navigating the waters of remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis. In this post, we offer five ideas for how you can use MCNY’s lesson plans as a jumping off point to promote student-driven and primary source rich learning from home.
Movements and Causes Friday, April 24, 2020

Echoes of Epidemics Past:

Infectious disease has repeatedly shaped and challenged our city. In fact, before the 20th century, contagion was the overwhelming fact of life – and death – in New York.
Notable New Yorkers Friday, April 17, 2020

Building Bridges with Language and Theater

Among the almost 70 New Yorkers featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core, is Sister Joanna Wan-Ying Chan, 陳尹瑩, a multi-lingual and multi-talented artist who founded vital cultural institutions in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Movements and Causes Monday, April 13, 2020

"A Future Worth Living?"

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in New York City and nationwide. Learn more about the first Earth Day and how it has shaped environmentalism and informs our thinking today.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Enjoy our #MuseumMomentOfZen on Instagram and Twitter. With more than 1,000 posts from museums around the globe, we hope this daily dose of beauty brings a moment of peace into your life.
City Arts Wednesday, April 1, 2020


We invite everyone to share photos—taken from an appropriately socially-distanced perspective—documenting personal experiences during this challenging time. Post those images on Instagram using the hashtag #CovidStoriesNYC, and tag @museumofcityny.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Art of Data

Artists visualize data in novel and interactive forms to show the dimensions of urban life that usually go unnoticed.
Monday, March 30, 2020


MCNY Live features conversations with artists, authors, politicians, and more who speak about their experiences as New Yorkers. Topics range from aspects of everyday life to addressing the issues that are shaping the city's future.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Why the Census Matters

Our state's future funding, city planning, and political representation all rest upon a full and accurate enumeration. 
Friday, March 27, 2020

The Census and Who We Are

How has census data been used to draw out unexpected and provocative patterns, connections, and insights about who New Yorkers are?
Movements and Causes Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Germ City: How Past Epidemics Can Shape Our Knowledge of the Coronavirus

New York is a resilient city that has a long, complex, and fascinating history of battling infectious disease and epidemics. This was presented in the exhibition "Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis," on view September 2018–April 2019. Take a look at these resources and see how they can put our response to the current coronavirus outbreak in context.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Florence Mills: Broadway Sensation of the 1920s

Florence Mills (1896-1927) is one of nearly 70 New Yorkers you can virtually “meet” if you visit the Museum’s permanent exhibition New York at Its Core. We’re bringing her to you #MuseumFromHome in honor of Women’s History Month. Read on to learn more about this iconic New Yorker.
Urban Tastes Monday, March 23, 2020

MCNY Madness Challenge 2020

We’ve selected eight images in four categories to kick off the first #MCNYMadnessChallenge. Vote for your favorites on Instagram and Twitter March 23–31 to determine what makes New York New York.
Behind-the-Scenes Monday, February 24, 2020

Looking Back on the 30th Anniversary of New York City History Day

Culminating in a day-long competition held each spring, New York City History Day is a program that brings hundreds of middle and high school students from across the city to the Museum to present original historical research on topics of their choosing. Now marking it's 30th anniversary at the Museum, what is the history of History Day?
Landmarks Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Iconic New York City Restaurants

New York City is a notoriously difficult environment for restaurants to survive in. And yet, some restaurants have despite all odds withstood the test of time.
City Arts Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Collecting New York's Music Stories

The Museum's exhibitions have shared stories of the world’s most influential metropolis. our most recent exhibition, "Collecting New York's Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious" features highlights drawn from hundreds of additions to the Museum’s permanent collection over the past three years, including photographs that will intrigue anyone who appreciates music legends who have made their mark on the city throughout the years.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Museum Highlights: 2019

We've had an amazing year! Take a look back at all we've accomplished in 2019 with these 12 highlights.
Streetscapes Friday, December 13, 2019

The Origins of Window Shopping in New York City

The time-honored tradition of window shopping truly comes alive during the holiday season, when retailers pull out all of the stops to make their window displays ever more eye-catching, festive and uplifting. But where, and when, did window shopping become a part of consumer behavior?
City Arts Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Marathon Miranda

Many classic children’s (and adult) books prominently feature New York City. In the coming months, we will be looking at a few of these titles. As we immerse ourselves in the lives of these characters and their fictional urban life, we’ll explore items from our collections, taking a virtual walk through the actual city streets. Today, we focus on Marathon Miranda.
City Arts Monday, October 21, 2019

Dancing Across New York

To celebrate World Ballet Day on Wednesday, October 23, the Museum is looking back through its collections of ballet related photographs, drawings, and ephemera to share.
Streetscapes Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sunday Walking Tours

Did you know? The Museum used to provide public walking tours around NYC. Organized geographically, and sometimes thematically, these tours were one of our many Public Programs for more than a decade. Follow along with us as we dive into our institution's history.
Streetscapes Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Harriet the Spy

Many classic children’s (and adult) books prominently feature New York City. In the coming months, we will be looking at a few of these titles. As we immerse ourselves in the lives of these characters and their fictional urban life, we’ll explore items from our collections, taking a virtual walk through the actual city streets. Today we start with one of the great ones, Harriet the Spy.    
Streetscapes Tuesday, August 13, 2019

John Vachon for Look Magazine: The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

Look assigned Vachon to the story “Brooklyn Nobody Knows” on September 21, 1948; it was published in the January 18, 1949 issue. By focusing on cultural institutions and figures, nightlife, historic landmarks, and civil engineering projects, Vachon’s photographs presented Brooklyn as on par with its more popularly represented neighbor, Manhattan.
City Artifacts Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New York City Blues

To celebrate the opening of Blue Man Group: Ready…Go!, a new experiential installation at the Museum, we take a brief look at the color blue as it appears around the city.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Independence Punch and Washington Pudding

With summer upon us it is time to revisit how past New Yorkers spent their time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many spent time at country resorts like the Colonial Hotel on Croton Lake, socializing and dining with fellow guests.
City Arts Monday, May 6, 2019

Another Side to Coney Island: Hattie Mckeever and Her Waxworks

The museum’s LOOK Magazine collection is full of fascinating photographs of midcentury New York and the people who lived and spent time in it. Some were well-known at the time and remain household names; others were living quieter lives, although often no less interesting.
Landmarks Thursday, April 25, 2019

The World of Tomorrow

Take a look back at the future! The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair was meant to lift Americans’ spirits after the economic woes of the Depression with an optimistic view of the modern world.
Movements and Causes Sunday, April 14, 2019

Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15, 1947, America's national pastime was finally integrated with the debut of Jackie Robinson as a Brooklyn Dodger. Explore Robinson's groundbreaking career in Major League Baseball and his legacy as a baseball and civil rights legend that lives on today.
Behind-the-Scenes Thursday, April 11, 2019

MCNY on the Road

The Museum of the City of New York has sent many of our exhibitions on the road and across the ocean! And our registrars travel with them every step of the way.
Landmarks Friday, March 29, 2019

Our East Harlem Home

East Harlem has been home to the Museum of the City of New York since 1932. Find out what makes this neighborhood so special. 
City Arts Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Baseball on Stage

Baseball season is here! As fans prepare themselves for 162 games of ebullient triumph or searing disappointment, let us take a moment to revisit America’s pastime in a different arena, the Broadway stage.
Behind-the-Scenes Thursday, March 21, 2019

Getting Dressed: Gilded Age Tea Dress

In the second episode of Getting Dressed, our behind-the-scenes series in the Museum's costume storage collection, we take a closer look at an opulent tea gown that's absolutely bursting with color and personality.
Landmarks Wednesday, February 27, 2019

History of 1220 Fifth Avenue

The Museum has called 1220 Fifth Avenue home since 1932, but our first home was at Gracie Mansion where the mayor of NYC resides today. Learn about the fascinating history of our beautiful building at the top of Museum Mile.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Delaney Brothers

Drawn by the creative energies of the Harlem Renaissance, these two talented brothers from Knoxville made a name for themselves in the NYC art scene.
Streetscapes Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Shopping in the Late 19th Century

With the Midtown flagship stores of Lord & Taylor and Henri Bendel both closing their doors, we take a look back at the shops in the Ladies’ Mile shopping district of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Urban Tastes Monday, December 31, 2018

Coney Island Polar Bear Club

The Museum recently acquired photographs of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, which is believed to be the oldest continuous winter swimming association in the U.S. To learn more about the organization, a member of our Collections team accompanied the club for a swim.
Urban Tastes Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New York by the Slice

New York is a city of immigrants who brought traditions along with them that became part of the city’s food culture. We explore the history of how pizza came to be a staple of New Yorkers’ diet.
Notable New Yorkers Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Staff Picks: Rebel Women

One of the Museum's registrars shares her favorite item in Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism—a cartoon of feminist and radical Victoria Woodhull.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

August 25 marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. We’re getting in on the world-wide celebration of the conductor, composer, and New Yorker with a few highlights from the Museum’s collection.
Streetscapes Tuesday, August 14, 2018

William A. Clark Mansion

Copper magnate William S. Clark Sr. built one of the most egregious examples of Gilded Age excess. The mansion that once stood at 960 Fifth Avenue boasted 121 rooms, 31 baths, four art galleries, a swimming pool, and even an underground rail line!
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dressing Sustainably, Then and Now

Valentina Schlee and Vera Maxwell, two of the mid-20th century's defining designers, extolled the merits of a minimalist wardrobe. They created looks that buoyed the nation’s women through the WWII period of L-85 governmental restrictions without feeling deprived.
City Arts Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shakespeare! The Musical!

The Museum’s Theater Collection curator takes a look at three 20th-century musicals that were inspired by the immortal Bard's works.
Landmarks Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hitting the Beach in the 19th Century

Fleeing the steamy city streets for the beach is not a new phenomenon. Take an escape to the summertime retreats of years past and see how New Yorkers used to beat the heat…despite the heavy layers of clothing!
City Arts Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Now Playing! George M. Cohan

Last year, the Museum announced a new project to digitize, catalog, and make available the scripts, scores, and sheet music of George M. Cohan. The Museum is excited to announce that the first group of material is now available online. Check it out!
City Arts Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Happy 75th Birthday, Oklahoma!

Oh, what a beautiful opening night for Oklahoma!, the first musical from composer-lyrist team Rodgers & Hammerstein. To celebrate its 75th birthday, we delve into the history of the legendary musical with objects from our Theater Collection.
Streetscapes Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New York City Easter Parade

Easter in New York has become synonymous with a pageant of people marching down Fifth Avenue, many wearing large over-the-top hats. Learn how the Easter parade became the “fashion promenade” it is today.
Movements and Causes Monday, March 5, 2018

Women's History Month

Through March 31, LinkNYC kiosks will display images of notable women featured in Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics. Look out for us around the city to get to know some of the extraordinary women that changed New York City and the world.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Guido Bruno: A Literary Vagabond

Known for his unique writing and unwaveringly progressive social and political views, Guido Bruno made a name for himself in the literary and artistic scene of Greenwich Village. Get to know the “mayor of the Village" and his battles with the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.
Landmarks Tuesday, February 6, 2018

One Ton of Ice & Clowns on Skis

In the 1930s, Madison Square Garden was transformed into a winter wonderland for the Winter Sports Show. Real snow and ice blanketed the area where spectators witnessed “a host of new and nerve-pulsating events” like ski jumping, slalom and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, “fancy” ice skating, and dog sledding.
Urban Tastes Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Skating and Romance

Though today more commonly associated with family recreation, ice skating in New York City was once a field of ripe romantic possibility.
Behind-the-Scenes Monday, January 1, 2018

Fantastic Fans

The hand fans in the Museum's collection are exceptional not only for their beauty, but also for the rich history behind them. Check out the fascinating stories of five fans.
City Artifacts Monday, November 20, 2017

The Miracle at Macy’s — the Musical!

Here’s Love, a musical retelling of Miracle on 34th Street, recreated the spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on stage. Read about the production, and check out some of the original costume designs from our theater collection.
Notable New Yorkers Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mammas

Ukraine-born singer Sophie Tucker burst onto the New York City theater scene in the early 1900s. During her 50-year career, she befriended and worked with many larger-than-life figures like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Irving Berlin.
Notable New Yorkers Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Remembering Mel Rosenthal

Mel Rosenthal—photographer, educator, activist, and friend of the Museum of the City of New York—recently passed away. We remember the life of this notable New Yorker.
City Arts Thursday, October 26, 2017

Salsa on Stage

Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York digs into salsa’s history as an art form and social movement. Our Theater Collection curator takes a look at how that movement translated and transferred on stage.
Movements and Causes Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What Is DACA, and How Does it Affect New Yorkers?

One of the five challenges explored in the Future City Lab’s “Living Together” section addresses New York City’s diversity, reflected in its demographics, culture, cuisine, and entrepreneurial spirit. See how the repeal of DACA will impact NYC.
City Arts Tuesday, September 26, 2017

When Love Comes so Strong

If you know the story of Romeo and Juliet, you know the story of West Side Story. Read about the creative forces behind the musical and its lasting legacy.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Hunt

What happens when an object's lender can't be found? Read the bittersweet story about how a registrar tracked down the doll's rightful owner 30 years later.
City Artifacts Monday, September 11, 2017

Civil Defense During the Cold War

See how New Yorkers prepared for a nuclear attack during the Cold War through objects in the Museum’s Manuscripts and Ephemera collection, including a 1950s-era Civil Defense kit.
Behind-the-Scenes Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer at the Museum

Education intern Stephanie Luciano describes what she learned about herself while teaching kids at the Museum this summer.
City Artifacts Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Presenting, the Ephemera Collection

The Museum is pleased to announce the completion of Illuminating New York City History through Material Culture, the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to process, catalog, digitize, and rehouse the Ephemera collections.
Behind-the-Scenes Monday, June 12, 2017

The Sounds of Patriotism

Posters weren’t the only form of propaganda during the Great War. We take a look at how music in the United States was inspired by the war in Europe.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Life Cycle of a Loan

Follow the journey an object takes when borrowed by another institution—from conservation and shipping to deinstallation and its return home.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Onward, oyster!

The oyster is one of over 70 characters brought to life by state-of-the-art interactive technology in New York at Its Core. We follow a group that are working to bring oysters back to New York's harbor.
City Arts Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dance Culture in NYC

The vibrant history of New York City’s diverse dance culture is explored through a unique course for youth.
Landmarks Thursday, February 16, 2017

The New Colossus

How the poem that gave us the iconic verse, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” made the Statue of Liberty a symbol of immigration and refuge.
Behind-the-Scenes Friday, January 27, 2017

I Spy: A journey of discovery through photography

Photographs in the Museum's collection shine a light on New York City's diversity. In our I Spy classes school students dive into the collection to learn about photography from the masters, and then head out into the city to develop their own creative eye.
Movements and Causes Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gloria Steinem

Feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem joins us for a walk through New York at Its Core, and a discussion on feminism, freedom, and the future.
Landmarks Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Restaurants of Yore

It’s harder and harder for an independent restaurant to survive in New York City. Here we look back at restaurants that enjoyed a successful run in our city.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Clement Clarke Moore and Santa in the City

Many people know Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) as influential in the popularization of Santa Claus in America with his verse “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” However, he was also an important New Yorker in his own right.
City Artifacts Monday, November 14, 2016

Lenape Ceremonial Club

A close reading of the ceremonial Lenape Club, one of the many fascinating objects featured in our New York at its Core exhibition.
City Artifacts Monday, November 14, 2016

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

In this guest post, Lisa Keller explores how a 1911 tragedy galvanized support for labor reform and worker's rights in New York City.
Movements and Causes Monday, November 7, 2016

Occupied Wall Street Journal

With its cheeky title, Occupied Wall Street Journal hopped off the printing press and into Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan roughly one month after the Occupy Wall Street encampment popped up on September 17, 2011.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Civil Rights in Brooklyn

A behind the scenes peek into the making of New York at its Core and some of the Civil Rights Era artifacts that will be on view in the exhibition.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Listening to Gay Gotham

One of the challenges in creating history exhibitions is bringing the voices of its featured personalities to life. Gay Gotham curators Stephen Vider and Donald Albrecht found a unique way to do that by working with actors to perform readings of the works of Richard Bruce Nugent and Mercedes de Acosta, featured on audio stations in the exhibition.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Future City Lab

Introducing The Future City Lab, a new space where visitors will explore solutions for various challenges the city faces.
City Arts Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Louis Bouché, The Stettheimer Dollhouse and Mama’s Boy

Peer inside the Stettheimer Dollhouse at the Museum of the City of New York, and you’ll find a host of tiny works of art. Many of these works have the stamp of renowned artists of the 1920s, but curators are still tracing down the inspiration for others. Recently, Bruce Weber discovered the source for one in a life-size gallery upstate.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Apple Peeler and Corer

High on a shelf of the legendary Russ & Daughters Appetizing store was an object that perfectly encapsulated the story of New York at Its Core, and a tool that helped launch a 100-year old business.
Behind-the-Scenes Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A View of Melrose

On a hot August afternoon last summer, I left the office early and caught the 5 train north. My objective was to locate the site of the Ursuline Convent in what had once been the rural village of Melrose, and was now the heart of the South Bronx.
Landmarks Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hot Dog!

Franks, weenies, coneys, dogs, ketchup, kraut, chili; the contested history of the classic American finger food.
City Arts Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic

It’s a sweltering July evening in 1915 and the lights have just come up after the finale of a Ziegfeld Follies show at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street. You dread walking out into the muggy night and long for a cool escape. But you’re in luck tonight because it’s the premiere of Flo Ziegfeld Jr.’s new revue, the Danse de Follies!
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vanderbilt Ball

In the spring of 1883, the solemnity of Lent didn’t stand a chance against the social event on the mind of all of New York’s elite society: Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt’s fancy dress ball.
Landmarks Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ghosts of the 6 Train

New York City’s vast transit system is in a constant state of flux, expanding to fill the needs of underserved areas and simultaneously contracting due to budget cuts or obsolescence. Abandoned subway stations across the city remind us of how transit has changed over the years.
Landmarks Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mott Haven Historic District

Explore the history of Mott Haven, the first neighborhood in the Bronx to receive a historic district designation from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
City Arts Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Riding the Subway with Stanley Kubrick

As most New Yorkers know, the subway system is the lifeline of New York City. In 1946, Stanley Kubrick set out to capture the story of New York City’s subway commuters.
Landmarks Tuesday, September 6, 2011

23 Skidoo

Today crowds gather around the Flatiron Building to admire its architecture and place in New York history, but back in the early part of the 20th century, men gathered there for a vastly different reason.
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