MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Iconic photos of a changing city, and commentary on our Collections & Exhibitions from the crew at MCNY.org

When Portraits Were King: Conversation with Curator Bruce Weber

Curator of Paintings & Sculpture Bruce Weber explains the importance of self-image in 18th century New York, the evolution of the city’s painting scene, and the detective work underlying the … Continue reading

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Can’t make it to the runway? Check out Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion

Do you have your tickets to New York City Fashion Week, yet?  If not (or even if you do) we invite you to step up to the velvet rope here … Continue reading

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Folded and Feathered: bringing hand fans to the Collections Portal

Long before air conditioning was a common amenity in most residences and buildings, high society New York women established their “cool” with an opulent, yet useful accessory: the hand fan.  … Continue reading

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Librettist Harry B. Smith and the thousands of words

In the time it took to pull together images and write this blog, lyricist Harry Bache Smith could probably have written a popular hit song, contributed a number and a … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Traditions and Tastes: Seven Dutch Bible Tile Fragments Recovered from the South Ferry Terminal Site

By guest blogger Leslie Gerhauser We are pleased to welcome Leslie Gerhauser as guest blogger to discuss fascinating Dutch Bible tiles that were uncovered by archaeologists in lower Manhattan. The Museum of … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Reintroducing Ruby Bailey!

In 2004 the Museum of the City of New York  acquired a collection of clothing and fashion mannequins from the estate of Harlem resident Ruby Hyacinth Bailey. Her work, alongside … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · 19 Comments

The Archaeology of Colonial New York’s Battery Wall

The Museum of the City of New York is currently digitizing an extensive collection of artifacts excavated from New York’s colonial Battery Wall in preparation for public access and long term … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ice Skating

Nobody is certain when humans first began ice skating, but it is believed that they did so at least a few thousand years ago. The first skates were sharp pieces … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The New York Women Who Dismantled Prohibition

  Women have been considered some of the most visible advocates of the temperance movement—the movement beginning in the nineteenth century to voluntarily abstain from drinking alcohol. Less known is … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Conserving and Photographing the Silver Collection

The digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s silver collection has progressed steadily since our last blog post highlighting presentation pieces in the collection. There are now … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lucy Ashjian and the Photo League

The name Vivian Maier is well known today – a talented photographer recently plucked from anonymity and brought to the attention of the wider world. Few, however, know Lucy Ashjian, … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Affordable New York: Phipps Houses

The names of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick are well known in New York City and beyond for Carnegie Hall and for the Frick Collection. Though the institutions built … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

From Expressway to Contemplative Oasis: The Elevated West Side Highway

When racing in a cab down West Street trying to make it in time for a meeting, how many people think back just a few decades when an elevated expressway … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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