We look back at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s controversial sermon opposing the Vietnam War at Riverside Church in Morningside Heights. Several photographs from the Museum’s collection provide a glimpse into King’s antiwar stance and New York’s role as a key site of activism around the war.
Sculptures of these legendary New Yorkers have been standing in the niches of the Museum’s façade since 1941. Curator Steven Jaffe explains how they shaped the future of both the city and the United States.
Here’s Love, a musical retelling of Miracle on 34th Street, recreated the spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on stage. Read about the production, and check out some of the original costume designs from our theater collection.
Ukraine-born singer Sophie Tucker burst onto the New York City theater scene in the early 1900s. During her 50-year career, she befriended and worked with many larger-than-life figures like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Irving Berlin.
One of the five challenges explored in the Future City Lab’s “Living Together” section addresses New York City’s diversity, reflected in its demographics, culture, cuisine, and entrepreneurial spirit. See how the repeal of DACA will impact NYC.
New York City’s public school system is one of the most racially segregated in the U.S. Should the Department of Education do more to ensure that schools are as diverse at the city’s overall population? Or should the onus be on parents to determine where their children go to school?
The Museum is pleased to announce the completion of Illuminating New York City History through Material Culture, the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to process, catalog, digitize, and rehouse the Ephemera collections.
New York City has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS activism, from the early 80s to present day. The fight for healthcare for the most vulnerable is as relevant today as it was in the early days of the crisis.
You’re invited to take a look back at the fabulous fashion and famous guests of Truman Capote’s legendary event at the Plaza Hotel that brought actors, socialites, and style icons together for the party of the century.
The oyster is one of over 70 characters brought to life by state-of-the-art interactive technology in New York at Its Core. We follow a group that are working to bring oysters back to New York's harbor.
Photographs in the Museum's collection shine a light on New York City's diversity. In our I Spy classes school students dive into the collection to learn about photography from the masters, and then head out into the city to develop their own creative eye.
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 - best remembered for his role in helping to save Dr. King life’s after an assassination attempt in New York in 1958.
This past Saturday night, New Year’s Eve, the Museum was honored to serve as part of the host committee of the inaugural Second Avenue Subway ride. Read on to explore the history of past subway expansions.
Many people know Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) as influential in the popularization of Santa Claus in America with his verse “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” However, he was also an important New Yorker in his own right.
One of the challenges in creating history exhibitions is bringing the voices of its featured personalities to life. Gay Gotham curators Stephen Vider and Donald Albrecht found a unique way to do that by working with actors to perform readings of the works of Richard Bruce Nugent and Mercedes de Acosta, featured on audio stations in the exhibition.
Peer inside the Stettheimer Dollhouse at the Museum of the City of New York, and you’ll find a host of tiny works of art. Many of these works have the stamp of renowned artists of the 1920s, but curators are still tracing down the inspiration for others. Recently, Bruce Weber discovered the source for one in a life-size gallery upstate.
Jamaica, Queens was home to Rufus King, one of our first senators. Inside his former farmhouse–still standing today–was a medicine chest, and inside the chest….well, you’ll have to read on to find out.
On a hot August afternoon last summer, I left the office early and caught the 5 train north. My objective was to locate the site of the Ursuline Convent in what had once been the rural village of Melrose, and was now the heart of the South Bronx.
When racing in a cab down West Street trying to make it in time for a meeting, how many people think back just a few decades when an elevated expressway ran down the western edge of the city from the Henry Hudson Expressway to Battery Park?
It’s a sweltering July evening in 1915 and the lights have just come up after the finale of a Ziegfeld Follies show at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street. You dread walking out into the muggy night and long for a cool escape. But you’re in luck tonight because it’s the premiere of Flo Ziegfeld Jr.’s new revue, the Danse de Follies!
Known today as the father of American political cartoons, Thomas Nast gained fame for Harper’s Magazine in the 1860s and 1870s. Today he is best remembered for his cartoons about Boss Tweed and the Tammany Ring.
What made New York a prosperous port – its deep saltwater rivers – made its drinking water lousy. But this was also a problem of human error, dating back to when Europeans first settled in what was to become Manhattan.
New York City’s vast transit system is in a constant state of flux, expanding to fill the needs of underserved areas and simultaneously contracting due to budget cuts or obsolescence. Abandoned subway stations across the city remind us of how transit has changed over the years.
Peter Pan made his Broadway debut on November 6, 1905, just under a year after appearing for the first time on the London stage. Over 100 years later the boy who wouldn’t grow up can still draw our attention.
As most New Yorkers know, the subway system is the lifeline of New York City. In 1946 Stanley Kubrick set out as a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine to capture the story of New York City’s subway commuters.
Today crowds gather around the Flatiron Building to admire its architecture and place in New York history, but back in the early part of the 20th century, men gathered there for a vastly different reason.