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

Category Archives: Photography Collection

A Courier Trip to Denmark

“You’re going where!  In January? Why?” my coworkers and friends exclaimed when I mentioned I’d be going to Denmark. Well, to act as a courier for 27 photographs we had … Continue reading

February 14, 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

Restaurants of Yore

It’s harder and harder for an independent restaurant to survive in New York City, according to an article published in the New York Times on October 25, 2016: “Is New … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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 · 4 Comments

A Dinner on Horseback

We have written about quite a few dinners and parties of the Gilded Age on this blog but I don’t think many top C.K.G. Billings’s Horseback Dinner held at Sherry’s Hotel and … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alexander Hamilton’s “sweet project”: The Grange

Now that Alexander Hamilton has been restored as one of the most talked-about New Yorkers (including his story’s place as Broadway’s best new musical in the 2016 Tony Awards sweep), … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A View of Melrose

In November, 2016, the Museum of the City of New York will launch New York at Its Core, the first museum exhibition that comprehensively interprets and presents the story of … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Young Chuck Connors, Mayor of Chinatown

“Mayor of Chinatown” Chuck Connors enthralled New Yorkers around the turn of the century with tall tales and colorful language describing the ethnic neighborhood he inhabited. Connors claimed to have … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

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