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.
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.
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.