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

Author Archives: Lindsay Turley

In Conversation with Gloria Steinem

“If I stayed home, I’d have to live like everybody else.  If I came to New York, I could be myself.” — Gloria Steinem. Since the Museum’s exhibtion  New York … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Profiles in Freedom: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Aubre Maynard, and Yun Gee

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, the Museum of the City of New York is exhibiting a portrait of Dr. Aubré de Lambert Maynard, … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ringing in the New Year with the Second Avenue Subway

The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, by documenting, celebrating, and interpreting its distinctive character through exhibitions, programs, and collections.  However, now and then, the … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 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

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

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 · 5 Comments

State Dinners at the Lotos Club

New Yorkers, as we know, love to document their peer group—even colonial New Yorkers did it, as Curator Bruce Weber recently described in a post on the City Musuem’s exhibition … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can’t make it to the runway? Check out Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion

Do you have your tickets to New York City Fashion Week, yet?  If not (or even if you do) we invite you to step up to the velvet rope here … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Folded and Feathered: bringing hand fans to the Collections Portal

Long before air conditioning was a common amenity in most residences and buildings, high society New York women established their “cool” with an opulent, yet useful accessory: the hand fan.  … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Sporting Life: A look at Harry T. Peters as huntsman

  Harry Twyford Peters was born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1881, and entered the coal business after graduating from Columbia College in 1903. He worked at Williams and Peters, his … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Can you hear me now?

Most of us hardly think about the technical logistics of communication these days.  With the touch of a few buttons we can send an email or text message, or pick … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Celestial Sphere, Color Movies, Gardens on Parade!

Help the Museum digitize its 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair Collection! The Museum’s New York World’s Fair collections continue to be a major resource for researchers all over the globe, … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Studio 54: Behind the velvet rope

Studio 54 opened on April 26, 1977, at 254 West 54th Street. The space initially served as a home to the Gallo Opera House (pictured to the left), which opened … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

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