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Today, we take a moment to honor NYC-born, ground-breaking actress, Cicely Tyson, who died Thursday at the age of 96. He...
01/30/2021

Today, we take a moment to honor NYC-born, ground-breaking actress, Cicely Tyson, who died Thursday at the age of 96. Her legacy lives on in her powerful body of work.
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📸 [Louis Gossett and Cicely Tyson in "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights".], Friedman-Abeles (Firm), 1968, ©The New York Public Library, Museum of the City of New York 81.54.308781.54.3087

Closing out the week with this crisp & clear #MuseummomentofZen....📸 Samuel H. Gottscho,  [The pond and Central Park Sou...
01/29/2021

Closing out the week with this crisp & clear #MuseummomentofZen.
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📸 Samuel H. Gottscho, [The pond and Central Park South],. c. 1930, Museum of the City of New York, 8.1.5.102

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..."  Those words--written by Edgar Allan Poe in his poem,...
01/29/2021

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..." Those words--written by Edgar Allan Poe in his poem, "The Raven"-- were first published on this day in 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror.

📸 unknown, Edgar A. Poe, 1845-1880 Museum of the City of New York, F2012.56.195

Hold on to your hats (literally) -- it's windy out there today, NYC.  (And layer up, too. Brrrr.)...📸Arthur Rothstein/Jo...
01/29/2021

Hold on to your hats (literally) -- it's windy out there today, NYC. (And layer up, too. Brrrr.)
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📸Arthur Rothstein/John Vachon, LOOK Magazine, [Woman modeling on the sidewalk.] 1952, Museum of the City of New York X2011.4.11919.115

Need a creativity break? Caption this image in the comments below.   ...📸 Arthur Rothstein /Frank Bauman/Look magazine, ...
01/28/2021

Need a creativity break? Caption this image in the comments below.
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📸 Arthur Rothstein /Frank Bauman/Look magazine, Changing New York, 1957, Museum of the City of New York, X2011.4.7552-57.155A

#Onthisday in 1936, M*A*S*H star Alan Alda is born in #NYC. ... 📸 Martha Swope, [Alan Alda as Jake and Talia Balsam as S...
01/28/2021

#Onthisday in 1936, M*A*S*H star Alan Alda is born in #NYC.
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📸 Martha Swope, [Alan Alda as Jake and Talia Balsam as Sheila in "Jake's Women".], 1992, ©The New York Public Library Museum of the City of New York X2013.42.669

01/27/2021
Our Fair City Virtual Conversation: In Between

Streetscape adaptations during the pandemic have demonstrated both possibilities and pitfalls. Now it’s time to move from improvisation to planning. How can New York plot a wholesale reorganization of the way we use streets, more than a quarter of the city’s land, less as a grid of channels to sluice vehicles around and more as a collective outdoors where eating, commuting, playing, selling, working, and innumerable other activities all coexist. For the third session in our series, Our Fair City: Building a More Equitable New York, critic and editor Justin Davidson talks to urban designer Justin Garrett Moore, landscape architect Kate Orff, and transit expert Shin-pei Tsay about how we can reimagine all those vital public spaces "in between" home and work.

From “The Age of Innocence” to “Catcher in the Rye,” “Just Kids” to “The City We Became,” there are so many incredible b...
01/27/2021

From “The Age of Innocence” to “Catcher in the Rye,” “Just Kids” to “The City We Became,” there are so many incredible books set in & written about #NYC. 📚
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What are some of your favorites? We want to hear your recos plus any tips on how to getting reading done these days.
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📸: Mitchell Hartman⁣
Elevated (5 Pointz), Long Island City, Queens, 2014⁣
Archival pigment print⁣
Museum of the City of New York, 2018.34.1

Row houses, brownstones, townhouses -- this residence of many names can be found in cities up and down the eastern seabo...
01/27/2021

Row houses, brownstones, townhouses -- this residence of many names can be found in cities up and down the eastern seaboard, as well as internationally. These common sites, rarely given a second thought by city dwellers, have a deeper history behind them than meets the eye.

On Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00pm, join us for a virtual conversation between author, planner, & historian Charles Duff discusses his latest book, "The North Atlantic Cities" with Monxo López, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the MCNY. The two will consider the role of row houses in developing the modern city -- and compare New York to other metropolises like Boston, Washington, and Baltimore.
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López, an owner of a row house in the South Bronx will bring his own personal experience as a row house dweller to the conversation and consider how his experience has helped him define community, forge friendships (and make adversaries!), and beyond. #allinnyc. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3a6jzkp.
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📸 Right from top to bottom, Charles Duff, Monxo López

Mark your calendars and put on those headphones!  🎧 On Tuesday, February 2, we're launching @yourhometownpodcast -- a ne...
01/26/2021

Mark your calendars and put on those headphones! 🎧

On Tuesday, February 2, we're launching @yourhometownpodcast -- a new podcast created with producer/historian Kevin Burke and exec produced by Robert Krulwich-- all about how where you grow up shapes who you are.
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The bi-weekly podcast features never-before-heard stories from high profile New Yorkers including Darryl "DMC" McDaniels (premiere episode); Sigourney Weaver; Neil deGrasse Tyson; Glenn Ligon; Al Sharpton; Sewell Chan, Danielle Guizio, and more, talking about coming-of-age in this amazing city.
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We're kicking off the series with a special live virtual event that evening (Feb 2) at 7pm featuring a Q&A with Kevin & guest @kingdmc as they discuss spending his formative years in Big Apple & how it influenced on his famed hip-hop group #RUNDMC, life, & family. Go to MCNY.org/yourhometown for more info.

Hug your honey -- it's National Spouse Day!💕 💑 👩‍❤️‍👩 👩‍❤️‍👨 👨‍❤️‍👨 💕 ...📸 John Vachon (1914-1975) /Look magazine, Bicyc...
01/26/2021

Hug your honey -- it's National Spouse Day!💕 💑 👩‍❤️‍👩 👩‍❤️‍👨 👨‍❤️‍👨 💕
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📸 John Vachon (1914-1975) /Look magazine, Bicycle Wedding--Kelly, 1952, Museum of the City of New York X2011.4.11902

A few seats just opened up for our Mar 19-20 “Find Your Vision” virtual workshop with photographers Alex Webb & Rebecca ...
01/25/2021

A few seats just opened up for our Mar 19-20 “Find Your Vision” virtual workshop with photographers Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris-Webb. Snag your spot at https://www.mcny.org/findingyourvision
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📸 Alex Webb, "Williamsburg"; Rebecca Norris Webb, "Mute Swan, Prospect Park"

Who's hungry?  🙋🙋‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️ NYC Restaurant Week® To Go kicks off today. From now ➡️  1/31, order takeout or delivery from ...
01/25/2021

Who's hungry? 🙋🙋‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️ NYC Restaurant Week® To Go kicks off today. From now ➡️ 1/31, order takeout or delivery from #NYC restaurants for $20.21. Support your fave local spots from the warmth and comfort of your home. More at nycgo.com.
📸 Look magazine/Stanley Kubrick, The 5 & 10, 1947, Used with permission from SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York, X2011.4.10254.7C

Simple.  Beautiful. #Starlightsunday (📸@julio.a.c)
01/24/2021

Simple. Beautiful. #Starlightsunday (📸@julio.a.c)

#OnThisDay in 1862, #EdithWharton was born in a brownstone at 14 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. 📸 : West 23[d Street] [N...
01/24/2021

#OnThisDay in 1862, #EdithWharton was born in a brownstone at 14 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.
📸 : West 23[d Street] [Ninth Avenue to Twelfth Avenue, West 3rd Street to 23rd Street], 1890-1934, X2012.61.33.68

#OnThisDay in 1867, the East River freezes solid -- leading to the approval of a bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Here...
01/23/2021

#OnThisDay in 1867, the East River freezes solid -- leading to the approval of a bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Here's the Brooklyn Bridge under construction.

📸 : J. A. LeRoy, [Brooklyn Bridge under construction.], ca. 1870-1883, 34.275.1; 34.275.12; 34.275.9; X2010.11.8384, Brooklyn Bridge under construction, ca. 1880

What does your handwriting say about you? #NationalHandwritingDay✒️ ✒️ 📝 📝 ✏️ ✏️ ✍️ ✍️ 📸 : Stanley Kubrick, Look magazin...
01/23/2021

What does your handwriting say about you? #NationalHandwritingDay
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📸 : Stanley Kubrick, Look magazine, Palisades Amusement Park [Handwriting analysis booth.], 1946, X2011.4.11294.314, ©SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York.

Closing out an eventful week with this #MuseumMomentofZen...📸 : Edmund Vincent Gillon, The Chrysler Building and the Eas...
01/22/2021

Closing out an eventful week with this #MuseumMomentofZen.
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📸 : Edmund Vincent Gillon, The Chrysler Building and the East River, ca. 1979, 2013.3.1.431

01/22/2021
Basketball & Activism: A Conversation with Tina Charles

2020 brought a newly revitalized focus to the connections of sports and activism, but for WNBA champion and Olympic medalist Tina Charles, this year simply amplified her ongoing commitment to social justice and activism.

Queens born and raised, Charles' support for the Black Lives Matter movement received national attention in 2016 and she is the founder of non-profit organization Hopey’s Heart. Just this fall she partnered with Queens-based community organization Together We Can to provide diapers and food to families in need. Charles, whose WNBA career has included a stint on New York Liberty, will discuss her perspective as a New Yorker, her basketball career, and her activism with historian Theresa Runstedtler.

This program is presented in conjunction with our exhibition City/Game: Basketball in New York (on view through May 23, 2021) and with Activist New York.

While recent scholarship has revealed that Americans were playing something they called “base ball” by 1791, historians ...
01/22/2021

While recent scholarship has revealed that Americans were playing something they called “base ball” by 1791, historians agree that the modern game emerged in the 1840s among New Yorkers who played in Manhattan and at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. The latter site, within easy reach via ferry, was long considered the location of the first organized match game, in which the New Yorks (or New York Nine) beat the Knickerbockers by a score of 23 to 1 in four innings on June 19, 1846. ⚾
But evidence has also surfaced of earlier games in 1845, and of a form of baseball being played in Manhattan by the early 1840s. The Elysian Fields remained a popular location for baseball games. By 1866, when Currier & Ives published this lithograph of a game in the Elysian Fields, the printmakers hailed baseball as the “American National Game.”
📸 : Currier & Ives, The American National Game of Base Ball, 1866, 58.300.34
#RIPHankAaron #HankAaron

#OnThisDay in 1904, New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine was born. Do you have a favorite ballet? Create it...
01/22/2021

#OnThisDay in 1904, New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine was born. Do you have a favorite ballet? Create it with emojis below and we'll see if we can guess it!
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✏️ : William Auerbach-Levy, George Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, ca. 1959, 64.100.213

01/21/2021
Basketball & Activism: A Conversation with Tina Charles

2020 brought a newly revitalized focus to the connections of sports and activism, but for WNBA champion and Olympic medalist Tina Charles, this year simply amplified her ongoing commitment to social justice and activism. Queens born and raised, Charles' support for the Black Lives Matter movement received national attention in 2016 and she is the founder of non-profit organization Hopey’s Heart. Just this fall she partnered with Queens-based community organization Together We Can to provide diapers and food to families in need. Charles, whose WNBA career has included a stint on New York Liberty, will discuss her perspective as a New Yorker, her basketball career, and her activism with historian Theresa Runstedtler.

Anyone else missing hugs? #NationalHuggingDayStanley Kubrick, A Dog's Life in the Big City [Boy hugging dog.], 1949, X20...
01/21/2021

Anyone else missing hugs? #NationalHuggingDay

Stanley Kubrick, A Dog's Life in the Big City [Boy hugging dog.], 1949, X2011.4.12306.8

The WNBA has been at the forefront of activism for social justice. The New York Times wrote recently that "challenging t...
01/21/2021

The WNBA has been at the forefront of activism for social justice. The New York Times wrote recently that "challenging the status quo is a hallmark of the league’s players." Tonight, Queens-born WNBA star Tina Charles joins us -- along with historian Theresa Runstedtler -- for a live, virtual conversation on what's next for her, the league, and the fight for equity and justice.
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📸 : WNBA basketball signed by the inaugural New York Liberty team, 1997
Museum of the City of New York, gift of the New York Liberty, 98.31.3

"Gouda" news: Today happens to also be #NationalCheeseLoversDay. Don't worry, brie happy! 🧀 😄 📸 : Bob Hansen, Look magaz...
01/20/2021

"Gouda" news: Today happens to also be #NationalCheeseLoversDay. Don't worry, brie happy! 🧀 😄
📸 : Bob Hansen, Look magazine, Cheese Shop, 1948, X2011.4.11518

Today is #InaugurationDay, and the ceremony will include performances by two New Yorkers, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, ...
01/20/2021

Today is #InaugurationDay, and the ceremony will include performances by two New Yorkers, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, as well as many historic moments. In 1957, Marian Anderson also broke barriers when she became the first African American to perform at a presidential inauguration, when she sang the National Anthem at Eisenhower’s inauguration ceremony. She also seems to be the only performer to appear at two inauguration ceremonies, when she sang the National Anthem once again at John F. Kennedy’s swearing-in in 1961.
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Museum of the City of New York has undertaken a project to examine, photograph, and digitize a collection of Anderson's garments, which were donated to the Museum in 1993 by Bette Midler.
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By exploring Anderson's clothing and her career, we've seen the power of music to bring people together. We're looking forward to sharing more with you soon...stay tuned!
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📸 : Carl Van Vechten, Marian Anderson, January 14, 1940, 42.316.240, ©️ VanVechtenTrust

Have you checked out this week's #MCNYLive virtual programs? From Trivia Night (a special curator-led edition!) to a dis...
01/19/2021

Have you checked out this week's #MCNYLive virtual programs? From Trivia Night (a special curator-led edition!) to a discussion with WNBA star Tina Charles to workshops exploring civil rights leaders, there's so much to learn and discover. Visit mcny.org/events to register.

Happy Birthday to writer and poet #EdgarAllenPoe, who was born #OnThisDay in 1809. His home, the Poe Cottage, still stan...
01/19/2021

Happy Birthday to writer and poet #EdgarAllenPoe, who was born #OnThisDay in 1809. His home, the Poe Cottage, still stands in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx.
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🎨 : Louis Oram, Residence of Edgar Allen Poe,1845, 29.100.2428

More than fifty years after his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains one of the most important figu...
01/18/2021

More than fifty years after his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains one of the most important figures of the 20th century. A pastor and civil rights activist known for his inspirational oratory and organizational leadership, King was also an accomplished scholar, a prolific writer, a fierce egalitarian, and a crusader for peace.

Beginning in the 1950s, King was a frequent presence in New York, where he delivered sermons and speeches, worked behind the scenes on civil and human rights campaigns, and met with local and international political leaders. The city, headquarters of many of the nation’s political organizations, media, and a bevy of activists—including many trusted advisors to King—functioned as a key site for his work and political evolution. Indeed, Mayor Robert F. Wagner, awarding King the city’s Medallion of Honor in 1964, proclaimed him “an honorary New Yorker.”

King also worked alongside New York activists to connect racism against African Americans with other social issues, especially the scourges of poverty and war. Want to learn more about New Yorkers’ participation in the long and expansive Black freedom movement? Our series of virtual workshops, as well as our online exhibition Activist New York, provide interactive ways to experience King's legacy.
https://bit.ly/3swpCXV
📸 : Benedict J. Fernandez, untitled [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.], April 15, 1967, 99.150.3

Happy birthday to star of stage and screen, James Earl Jones. 🎭🎬⭐️..📸Martha Swope, James Earl Jones in the title role of...
01/18/2021

Happy birthday to star of stage and screen, James Earl Jones. 🎭🎬⭐️
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📸Martha Swope, James Earl Jones in the title role of "Othello".:1982 :©The New York Public Library, Museum of the City of New York 82.31.3

You have a couple of weeks left in #NationalSkatingMonth. ⛸ So strap on those skates & take a spin around the rink.  And...
01/17/2021

You have a couple of weeks left in #NationalSkatingMonth. ⛸ So strap on those skates & take a spin around the rink. And, be sure to check out our crafting workshop video with Amanda Kingloff/Project K!d to learn about NYC’s skating history & to create this adorable ice skating penguin project. https://www.mcny.org/event/lets-skate-build-your-own-ice-skating-rink

📸 @amandakingloff /ProjectK!d

You have a couple of weeks left in #NationalSkatingMonth. ⛸ So strap on those skates & take a spin around the rink.  And...
01/17/2021

You have a couple of weeks left in #NationalSkatingMonth. ⛸ So strap on those skates & take a spin around the rink. And, be sure to check out our crafting workshop video with Amanda Kingloff/Project K!d to learn about NYC’s skating history & to create this adorable ice skating penguin project. More info: https://bit.ly/3qwTe6p

📸 @amandakingloff /ProjectK!d

Bringing you a little #StarlightSunday sparkle, thanks to @nystepbystep
01/17/2021

Bringing you a little #StarlightSunday sparkle, thanks to @nystepbystep

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