MCNY Blog: New York Stories

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

Frequently Asked Questions for Rights & Reproductions

We receive many inquiries at the Museum of the City of New York regarding rights and reproductions for objects in our collections. Below are some frequently asked questions and responses. … 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

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Truman Capote’s “Black and White Dance”

During the winter and early spring of 2016, the Museum photographed and catalogued over 400 mid-century garments from our costumes and textile collection through our Dressing Room project, funded by … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Sounds of Patriotism: Popular Songs of World War I

Walking into Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, visitors are transported back in time to 100 years ago when the streets of the city were covered … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Life Cycle of a Loan

Many museums have an active loan program, borrowing from and lending to other organizations. For example, curators for New York at Its Core scoured collections far and wide to supplement … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Beheading of President Andrew Jackson

On July 2, 1834, President Andrew Jackson, also known as “Old Hickory,” was beheaded in Boston in what was thought to be a response to the Bank War that had … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fort George Amusement Park

Over a century ago on the northernmost tip of Manhattan in Fort George, on the same spot where General Washington fought the British, there stood a fantastic amusement park complete … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · 1 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

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

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

April 4, 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 · 2 Comments

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

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