MCNY Blog: New York Stories

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

Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917; three years after the conflict had begun. Although the U.S. was involved in the war for just 18 months, … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Dunham in New York City

Eighty years ago this month, an anthropologist named Katherine Dunham made her New York City dance debut at the 92nd Street Y. The 28 year old Chicago native choreographed and … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions for the Collections Department

We receive many reference inquiries here at the Museum of the City of New York, primarily through our research email (research@mcny.org). The Museum makes every effort to answer questions directly … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

In Honor of Christopher Gray, Chronicler of the Streetscape

While many New Yorkers had their eyes turned toward what was predicted to be a historic snowstorm late Monday evening, the New York Times shared the sad news that Christopher … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Tales from recent work with the Costume Collection

This week’s post is from Grace Hernandez, Assistant Curator of the Costumes and Textiles Collection.  Over the fast few years, the Museum has been defining and honing the scope of … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Muslim in New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection

Muslims have been woven into the fabric of New York since the city’s origins as New Amsterdam, and the Museum is happy to share highlights from our collection which shed … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Minnie Fisher, Immigrant and Labor Activist

The Museum completed processing our Pamphlet Collection over the past summer and shared the finding aid online with funds from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and has now completed item … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

At the Broadway Convention

On the last weekend of January, along with thousands of Broadway fans, I made the trek to the Javits Center on Manhattan’s far west side to enjoy the second annual … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Challenges of different types of hanging hardware

Visitors to the Museum may walk through the galleries and imagine that installation of an exhibition isn’t that much different than decorating your own home, just on a larger scale.  … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

John Street Theatre, the only show in town!

  The week between Christmas and New Year is traditionally the busiest time of the year for theater on Broadway, and this year was no exception. According to The Broadway … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

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