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

Category Archives: Digital Project

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

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

January 26, 2016 · Leave a 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

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

Affordable New York: Queensbridge Houses

At the beginning of 1934, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia founded the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). It was a moment of great need in the city, as its poorer residents … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

R.D Smith, the Bowery, 1970

The Bowery, like Broadway to its west, follows an original Lenape footpath spanning the island of Manhattan from south to north. In the Colonial era the area was filled with … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Crown Jewel of Brooklyn – Prospect Park

What is it I associate so keenly with the summer smell and sensual keenness of Prospect Park? – Alfred Kazin[1] The construction of Central Park prompted the city of Brooklyn … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Can you hear me now?

Most of us hardly think about the technical logistics of communication these days.  With the touch of a few buttons we can send an email or text message, or pick … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hygienic whiskey and little nerve pills: The rise of direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising

Before the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, the manufacture and sale of so-called “medicine” in the United States was unregulated. This wild west atmosphere enabled … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Celestial Sphere, Color Movies, Gardens on Parade!

Help the Museum digitize its 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair Collection! The Museum’s New York World’s Fair collections continue to be a major resource for researchers all over the globe, … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Brides and Debutantes: White Dresses all Around

The start of summer brings with it the beginning of wedding season.  As a bride-to-be myself, I couldn’t help but take a closer look at the numerous wedding invitations that … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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