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Tag Archives: Jacob Riis

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

Affordable New York: Phipps Houses

The names of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick are well known in New York City and beyond for Carnegie Hall and for the Frick Collection. Though the institutions built … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Curator’s Notepad: Bonnie Yochelson on How the Other Half Lives

A tip from the guest curator of Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half: Lean in. The greatest curatorial challenge we faced in creating the Riis exhibition was the … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

It’s a Hard Knock Life: The City as Playground

The image of a group of kids shooting craps in the street has for decades been a quintessential scene of growing up in New York. The history of street games … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Christmas in New York City

New York has been the setting for many Christmas stories, fables, and traditions. In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia Hanson of 115 West 95th Street wrote to the editor of The Sun, … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 3 Comments

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