Streetscapes Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sunday Walking Tours

Did you know? The Museum used to provide public walking tours around NYC. Organized geographically, and sometimes thematically, these tours were one of our many Public Programs for more than a decade. Follow along with us as we dive into our institution's history.
Streetscapes Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Harriet the Spy

Many classic children’s (and adult) books prominently feature New York City. In the coming months, we will be looking at a few of these titles. As we immerse ourselves in the lives of these characters and their fictional urban life, we’ll explore items from our collections, taking a virtual walk through the actual city streets. Today we start with one of the great ones, Harriet the Spy.    
Streetscapes Tuesday, August 13, 2019

John Vachon for Look Magazine: The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

Look assigned Vachon to the story “Brooklyn Nobody Knows” on September 21, 1948; it was published in the January 18, 1949 issue. By focusing on cultural institutions and figures, nightlife, historic landmarks, and civil engineering projects, Vachon’s photographs presented Brooklyn as on par with its more popularly represented neighbor, Manhattan.
City Arts Monday, May 6, 2019

Another Side to Coney Island: Hattie Mckeever and Her Waxworks

The museum’s LOOK Magazine collection is full of fascinating photographs of midcentury New York and the people who lived and spent time in it. Some were well-known at the time and remain household names; others were living quieter lives, although often no less interesting.
Landmarks Friday, March 29, 2019

Our East Harlem Home

East Harlem has been home to the Museum of the City of New York since 1932. Find out what makes this neighborhood so special. 
Landmarks Wednesday, February 27, 2019

History of 1220 Fifth Avenue

The Museum has called 1220 Fifth Avenue home since 1932, but our first home was at Gracie Mansion where the mayor of NYC resides today. Learn about the fascinating history of our beautiful building at the top of Museum Mile.
Streetscapes Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Shopping in the Late 19th Century

With the Midtown flagship stores of Lord & Taylor and Henri Bendel both closing their doors, we take a look back at the shops in the Ladies’ Mile shopping district of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.