Basketball in New York

Opens February 14, 2020

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View from above a basketball hoop without a net, where a player is seen about to dunk a basketball through the hoop

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The many stories of basketball in New York.

Basketball was born in a Springfield, Massachusetts, YMCA in 1891, but its real history and development is a New York story. Played on schoolyards and street corners, in gymnasiums and glittering professional arenas throughout the five boroughs, basketball reflects the cultural, social, economic, ethnic, and racial history of the city. City/Game: Basketball in New York captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban game and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it. Original objects and ephemera showcased alongside photography, audio, and videohighlighting the connections between basketball, music, and fashionwill enable visitors to relive historic highs and lows and learn how New York and basketball have shaped each other.



Bobbito Garcia, "Definition Jay from Above," 2010. © Bobbito Garcia


City/Game is made possible in part by Elizabeth R. Miller and James G. Dinan, the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, Con Edison, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and An Anonymous Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Estee Tobaly and Henry Swieca, Nathan Romano, Mitchell S. Steir/Savills, Heather and William Vrattos, the Honorable Diana Ayala, New York City Council, District 8, Mindy and Jon Gray, Andrea London, and other generous donors.

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