City Artifacts Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New York City Blues

To celebrate the opening of Blue Man Group: Ready…Go!, a new experiential installation at the Museum, we take a brief look at the color blue as it appears around the city.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Independence Punch and Washington Pudding

With summer upon us it is time to revisit how past New Yorkers spent their time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many spent time at country resorts like the Colonial Hotel on Croton Lake, socializing and dining with fellow guests.
Urban Tastes Monday, December 31, 2018

Coney Island Polar Bear Club

The Museum recently acquired photographs of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, which is believed to be the oldest continuous winter swimming association in the U.S. To learn more about the organization, a member of our Collections team accompanied the club for a swim.
Urban Tastes Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New York by the Slice

New York is a city of immigrants who brought traditions along with them that became part of the city’s food culture. We explore the history of how pizza came to be a staple of New Yorkers’ diet.
Notable New Yorkers Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dressing Sustainably, Then and Now

Valentina Schlee and Vera Maxwell, two of the mid-20th century's defining designers, extolled the merits of a minimalist wardrobe. They created looks that buoyed the nation’s women through the WWII period of L-85 governmental restrictions without feeling deprived.
Urban Tastes Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Skating and Romance

Though today more commonly associated with family recreation, ice skating in New York City was once a field of ripe romantic possibility.
Landmarks Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Restaurants of Yore

It’s harder and harder for an independent restaurant to survive in New York City. Here we look back at restaurants that enjoyed a successful run in our city.
Landmarks Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hot Dog!

Franks, weenies, coneys, dogs, ketchup, kraut, chili; the contested history of the classic American finger food.