MCNY Blog: New York Stories

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

Clement Clarke Moore and Santa in the City

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has marched down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue, which means it is time to turn our attention to another popular season for New York City, … Continue reading

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From Taxidermy to Technology: the Exhibition Evolution at the Museum of the City of New York

While the Collections Department focuses its attention on the custodianship of the Museum’s vast collection of over 750,000 objects – including photographs, prints, theatrical material, manuscripts, furniture and decorative arts, … Continue reading

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Basement Bathhouse, Rooftop Farm, Symphonies and Scandals in Between

What do Stravinsky, the Black Sox, Bette Midler, and a swinger’s club have in common? At one point they were all inside New York City’s Ansonia Hotel. The Ansonia was … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Chicago story

Last Thursday, November 3rd, in the wee hours of the morning the Chicago Cubs triumphed over the Cleveland Indians breaking a 108 year curse to win the World Series of … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rachel Crothers, Sign of the Times

One of the most successful American playwrights of the early 20th century was an unassuming woman named Rachel Crothers. Though not often revived now, the Broadway stage saw over 30 … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

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.

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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

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