MCNY Blog: New York Stories

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

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

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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

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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

Shakespeare in the Summer; the Winter’s Tale

For some folks summertime in New York City means free concerts or picnics in the park or just an excuse to get out of town, but for me, summer in … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Corsets Begone: Women’s Fashions of the Roaring Twenties

The decade that gave rise to the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the speakeasy, and the big band also brought with it soaring hemlines, breast-freeing bandeaus and the “uplift” brassiere, … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

Tea, a New York drink

Okay, coffee is more popular, be it a regular deli cup (hot, light, and sweet) or a compostable cup of slow-drip, cold-brewed, artisanal bean. With your alluring caffeinated goodness and … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

Swan Hats and Fringed Coats: Remembering Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham (1929–2016) was known for many things—his keen eye for trends on the streets of New York, his anthropological approach to his work, his omnipresent bicycle and blue jacket, … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

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