MCNY Blog: New York Stories

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

The Yankee Doodle Boy gets digitized

  Since 1968, the Museum has been home to a large collection of scripts, sheet music, and scores created by George M. Cohan, the most prolific theater artist in the … Continue reading

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Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917; three years after the conflict had begun. Although the U.S. was involved in the war for just 18 months, … Continue reading

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Contemplating and Commemorating Rapid Transit in New York City

  The recently opened Second Avenue Subway, and dreaded closure of the L train in 2019, has all of us at the Museum looking back on the very beginnings of the … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Resuscitating Ruby’s Dolls

During the early brainstorming sessions for New York at Its Core, discussions turned to the potential exhibition of Bermuda-born New York designer Ruby Bailey’s “Cotton Sculpture” dolls. In 2004, the Museum … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Dunham in New York City

Eighty years ago this month, an anthropologist named Katherine Dunham made her New York City dance debut at the 92nd Street Y. The 28 year old Chicago native choreographed and … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Frequently Asked Questions for the Collections Department

We receive many reference inquiries here at the Museum of the City of New York, primarily through our research email (research@mcny.org). The Museum makes every effort to answer questions directly … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

In Honor of Christopher Gray, Chronicler of the Streetscape

While many New Yorkers had their eyes turned toward what was predicted to be a historic snowstorm late Monday evening, the New York Times shared the sad news that Christopher … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Tales from recent work with the Costume Collection

This week’s post is from Grace Hernandez, Assistant Curator of the Costumes and Textiles Collection.  Over the fast few years, the Museum has been defining and honing the scope of … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Muslim in New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection

Muslims have been woven into the fabric of New York since the city’s origins as New Amsterdam, and the Museum is happy to share highlights from our collection which shed … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Minnie Fisher, Immigrant and Labor Activist

The Museum completed processing our Pamphlet Collection over the past summer and shared the finding aid online with funds from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and has now completed item … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Courier Trip to Denmark

“You’re going where!  In January? Why?” my coworkers and friends exclaimed when I mentioned I’d be going to Denmark. Well, to act as a courier for 27 photographs we had … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

At the Broadway Convention

On the last weekend of January, along with thousands of Broadway fans, I made the trek to the Javits Center on Manhattan’s far west side to enjoy the second annual … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Challenges of different types of hanging hardware

Visitors to the Museum may walk through the galleries and imagine that installation of an exhibition isn’t that much different than decorating your own home, just on a larger scale.  … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

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