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

Civil Rights in Brooklyn: Behind the Scenes, New York at its Core

In our 21st century world of Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, Snapchat, Instagram, live blogging, and viral videos, it is sometimes hard to remember a time in which we were not … Continue reading

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Listening to Gay Gotham

One of the unexpected highlights of curating Gay Gotham was a pair of recording sessions at a small studio far from the museum. To represent their work, we decided to record excerpts from their writings, and sought out readers who might feel a sense of kinship with them.

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The Future City Lab: A Conversation with Project Director Kubi Ackerman

The 400 years of history covered by New York at Its Core don’t end with yesterday. The exhibition’s third and final gallery is the Future City Lab, which brings the focus to … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gustavademecum: a dining guide for engineers and explorers

As fluid as the New York restaurant scene has always been, one thing has stayed the same: We are a city of discerning diners. So what did New Yorkers do before restaurant apps, before dining … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Space is the Place; the Museum’s Collection on Theaters

With Archtober – New York City’s annual Architecture and Design Month – almost upon us, it has got my theater archivist’s mind turning to the city’s history of theater buildings. So this week I offer … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Sea to Stall

A visit to my local Greenmarket on Saturday mornings is as much a part of my routine as a cup of coffee. And without a doubt, September is one of my … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 3 Comments

My Hand-tinted Summer: The Cabinet Card Collection

  The Museum holds an amazing collection of cabinet cards and carte-de-visites featuring an array of Broadway entertainers, opera singers, and popular personalities (as well as some of their pets), … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Louis Bouché, The Stettheimer Dollhouse and Mama’s Boy

Editor’s Note: Peer inside the Stettheimer Dollhouse on the Museum of the City of New York’s second floor, and you’ll find a host of tiny works of art decorating the … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

From the Fulton Market to the Forty-Deuce: Leland Bobbé’s New York in the 1970s

  In 1970 Leland Bobbé lived on Beekman Street near what used to be the Fulton Fish Market. He was a musician trying to make it in the city, and … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

New York Illustrated by Camera: Manhattan in the 1930s

August is a time for traveling, and so with the city full of visitors this month, we’re turning our attention to the outsider lens on New York, circa 1930. Recently, … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

The play within a play’s the thing!

“The play’s the thing…” William Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously says at the end of Act II, “…wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” For Shakespeare’s depressed Danish prince, a group … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Conserving the Rufus King Traveling Medicine Chest

The New York City of statesman and diplomat Rufus King (1755-1827) was a grim place. Disease crippled the city, with its rampant overcrowding and meager sanitation. And despite their stature, the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Apple Peeler and Corer: Behind the Scenes, New York at Its Core

Manhattan’s Lower East Side, one of the most sought-after zip codes for young New Yorkers to settle today, would scarcely be familiar to the people who arrived here at the … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

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