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Monthly Archives: July, 2013

Conservation of the J. Clarence Davies Map Collection

The Museum is nearing the completion of the two-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded project “Conserving, Digitizing, and Creating Access to the J. Clarence Davies Collection of Art.”   Begun … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Duncan Phyfe Center Table

This Empire center table (36.160) featuring a painted tondo (circular composition) on its top is one of the highlights of the Museum of the City of New York’s furniture collection.  … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Contentious History of Supplying Water to Manhattan

“What made New York a prosperous port – its deep saltwater rivers – made its drinking water lousy. By the middle of the eighteenth century, Manhattan’s water was already infamous: … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

Mora – Photographer of the Rich and Famous

What do rich Gilded Age socialites, stuffed bears, and elaborate costumes have in common? They’re all features in these very atypical Gilded Age portraits. As I was cataloging the Museum’s … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Aftermath of a Fire in the Lower East Side

Chartered in 1875, the Manhattan Railway Company operated elevated train lines in Manhattan and the Bronx. In 1879, it leased elevated lines running along Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Avenues … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

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