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Today is #CensusDay. Learn about our multimedia exhibition, "Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers," on the importa...
04/01/2020

Today is #CensusDay. Learn about our multimedia exhibition, "Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers," on the importance of the #2020Census in this episode of "That's So New York" on NYC Media: https://on.nyc.gov/2R3YxtR

To mark the #2020Census, our current exhibition "Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers" showcases work by artists a...
04/01/2020
The Art of Data

To mark the #2020Census, our current exhibition "Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers" showcases work by artists and designers that demonstrate the power of numbers in helping us understand New York and New Yorkers.

Since we can't welcome you in person, we invite you to view select works from the exhibition from home. They encourage us to consider the questions we ask of ourselves, how we represent ourselves to the world, the ways in which we are categorized, and what goes missing or unstated in the census process. #CensusDay

Artists visualize data in novel and interactive forms to show the dimensions of urban life that usually go unnoticed.

New York City is a dense mosaic of some eight and a half million people, each with their own individual stories. How can...
04/01/2020
The Census and Who We Are

New York City is a dense mosaic of some eight and a half million people, each with their own individual stories. How can we possibly understand and describe this endlessly complex collectivity—what we share and what distinguishes us?

Our ability to understand New Yorkers’ collective identity depends on enormous quantities of data, much of it collected by the US census. Every ten years—including in 2020—the Census Bureau is tasked with counting and categorizing every resident of the nation. The result is a rich trove of demographic information that describes the population and its characteristics.

Since the first count in 1790, census data has been a resource used to draw out unexpected and provocative patterns, connections, and insights about who New Yorkers are. #CensusDay #2020census

How has census data been used to draw out unexpected and provocative patterns, connections, and insights about who New Yorkers are?

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04/01/2020
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Today is #CensusDay2020. Here's why filling out the Census is one of the most important (and easiest!) things you can do today. https://trib.al/feIUDff

Knowing how many people live in New York City—or anywhere else in the nation—is more than just a matter of curiosity. To...
04/01/2020
Why the Census Matters

Knowing how many people live in New York City—or anywhere else in the nation—is more than just a matter of curiosity.

To mark #CensusDay, we consider the questions we ask of ourselves, how we represent ourselves to the world, the ways in which we are categorized, and what goes missing or unstated in the process. #2020Census

Our state's future funding, city planning, and political representation all rest upon a full and accurate enumeration.

Learn about haute couture designers Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) and Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher, 1891-1976)...
03/31/2020
Worth & Mainbocher

Learn about haute couture designers Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) and Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher, 1891-1976), plus view 119 stellar garments in our online exhibition. #MuseumFromHome

Explore the fashion legacy of Worth & Mainbocher.

03/30/2020
#NYatItsCore: The Apple Peeler

Hear from the family of one of the Lower East Side’s original pushcart merchants, Joel Russ, and learn how an intriguing heirloom in the window of the Russ and Daughters appetizing shop encapsulates the story of New York during the height of immigration to the city at the turn of the 20th century. #MuseumFromHome

Stroll back in time along Orchard Street on the Lower East Side in this peek into the Museum of the City of New York’s "New York at its Core" exhibition. Hea...

There are still ways to experience the unique cultural landscape New York City has to offer. Here’s how to soak in NYC's...
03/30/2020
How To See (And Support) New York City’s Arts & Culture From Home

There are still ways to experience the unique cultural landscape New York City has to offer. Here’s how to soak in NYC's culture and get the flavor of the city from home.

During the coronavirus shutdown, the city's iconic institutions have transitioned to online experiences, making it easy to watch from home and help out worthy causes.

In spite of their doors closing, museums across the world have stepped up to fill the void. Here are eight essential ele...
03/29/2020
The 8 Essential Things Museums are Providing Right Now - MCN

In spite of their doors closing, museums across the world have stepped up to fill the void. Here are eight essential elements that museums have provided us for weathering the storm, and impressive new initiatives created in the past weeks to get us through.

We’re all in unique little bubbles right now, learning how to navigate this continually shifting stay-at-home environment. It’s impacted different people in very different ways. But one thing has been consistent from day one—in spite of their doors closing, the museums of the world have steppe...

We're in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but New York is a resilient city that has a long, complex, and fascinati...
03/28/2020
Germ City: How Past Epidemics Can Shape Our Knowledge of the Coronavirus

We're in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but New York is a resilient city that has a long, complex, and fascinating history of battling infectious disease and epidemics. #MuseumFromHome

New York is a resilient city that has a long, complex, and fascinating history of battling infectious disease and epidemics. This was presented in the exhibition "Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis," on view September 2018–April 2019. Take a look at these resources and see how they can put our...

The William A. Clark House was a mansion located at 960 Fifth Avenue and East 77th Street on the Upper East Side of Manh...
03/27/2020
William A. Clark Mansion

The William A. Clark House was a mansion located at 960 Fifth Avenue and East 77th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The house, which included 121 rooms, 31 baths, four art galleries, a swimming pool, and underground rail line to bring in heating coal, was completed in 1911. The home was considered among the more egregious examples of Gilded Age excess. #MuseumFromHome

Copper magnate William S. Clark Sr. built one of the most egregious examples of Gilded Age excess. The mansion that once stood at 960 Fifth Avenue boasted 121 rooms, 31 baths, four art galleries, a swimming pool, and even an underground rail line!

Florence Mills (1896-1927) is one of nearly 70 New Yorkers you can virtually “meet” if you visit the Museum’s "New York ...
03/27/2020
Florence Mills: Broadway Sensation of the 1920s

Florence Mills (1896-1927) is one of nearly 70 New Yorkers you can virtually “meet” if you visit the Museum’s "New York at Its Core" exhibition. We’re bringing her to you #MuseumFromHome in honor of Women’s History Month.

Florence Mills (1896-1927) is one of nearly 70 New Yorkers you can virtually “meet” if you visit the Museum’s permanent exhibition New York at Its Core. We’re bringing her to you #MuseumFromHome in honor of Women’s History Month. Read on to learn more about this iconic New Yorker.

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) was an American realist painter, printmaker, and photographer. He was most notable for his de...
03/26/2020
Reginald Marsh

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) was an American realist painter, printmaker, and photographer. He was most notable for his depictions of life in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Learn more in our online exhibition. #MuseumFromHome

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) is well-known as an American realist painter and printmaker who was based in New York City.

03/25/2020
#NYatItsCore: Photographing the City with Joseph Michael Lopez

Old New York and new New York intersect in the work of photographer Joseph Michael Lopez, who documented 20 neighborhoods for the Museum's Future City Lab (part of our "New York at Its Core" exhibition).

Tag along with Lopez and learn about his work in this rare glimpse from the other side of the camera. #MuseumFromHome

Old New York and new New York intersect in the work of street photographer Joseph Michael Lopez, who documented 20 neighborhoods throughout the boroughs for ...

Over 1,600 photographs by John Vachon are available on our Collections Portal, showcasing a range of subjects between 19...
03/25/2020
John Vachon for Look Magazine: The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

Over 1,600 photographs by John Vachon are available on our Collections Portal, showcasing a range of subjects between 1938 to 1968. #MuseumFromHome

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 wi...

03/24/2020
Terrence McNally on What Makes New York New York

We are saddened to hear about Terrence McNally's passing. We were honored to speak with him about what he loves about NYC, as part of our #WhatMakesNYNY series.

What is it that makes New York... New York? We asked, and American playwright Terrence McNally, shared what it is that he loves about the city he calls home....

Museums provide important educational, cultural, and economic value to our communities and country. It is projected that...
03/24/2020

Museums provide important educational, cultural, and economic value to our communities and country. It is projected that museums across the nation are collectively losing at least $33 million a day because of closures.

Please Tell Congress: Include museums in COVID-19 economic relief: https://bit.ly/2QI1Re5 #CongressSaveCulture

03/24/2020
Behind the Scenes with Bill Brand's "Masstransiscope"

Bill Brand’s "Masstransiscope" is viewable from the train between the Dekalb subway stop and the Manhattan Bridge. #MuseumFromHome

Artist Bill Brand's "Masstransiscope" might only be viewable from the train between the Dekalb subway stop and the Manhattan Bridge, but the model he made to...

03/23/2020
#NYatItsCore: Gloria Steinem

Feminist leader and icon Gloria Steinem visited our "New York at Its Core" exhibition to discuss the women's movement in the 1960s and her New York story. #WomensHistoryMonth #MuseumFromHome

"New York At Its Core" explores New York City's history through 75 historical icons who helped make our city's story possible. One of these icons is feminist...

Many of us may miss checking NCAA brackets right now, but the Museum has come up with our own competition to keep the ma...
03/23/2020

Many of us may miss checking NCAA brackets right now, but the Museum has come up with our own competition to keep the madness alive.

We’ve selected eight images in four categories to kick off the first #MCNYMadnessChallenge. Starting tomorrow, head over to @MuseumOfCityNY on Instagram and Twitter to check out our polls and to vote for your favorites weekdays at noon to determine what makes New York New York.

Tomorrow’s category? Landmarks!

Follow along on mcny.org to see this bracket unfold.

03/22/2020
1960s Fashion and Its Contemporary Influence

Learn about 1960s fashion and its contemporary influence with celebrity stylist Jacqui Stafford and fashion expert Susan Swimmer. #MuseumFromHome

Celebrity stylist Jacqui Stafford joins fashion expert Susan Swimmer in "Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip" to discuss how themes from 1960s fashion can sti...

Explore the history of Manhattan’s famous grid of numbered streets and avenues—the largest feat of urban planning in the...
03/21/2020
Greatest Grid

Explore the history of Manhattan’s famous grid of numbered streets and avenues—the largest feat of urban planning in the city's history. #MuseumFromHome

The street grid is a defining element of Manhattan. Established in 1811 to blanket the island when New York was a compact town at the southern tip, the grid was the city’s first great civic enterprise and a vision of brazen ambition. It is also a milestone in the history of city planning and sets ...

Take a scroll through the #MuseumMomentOfZen hashtag to check out all the goodness currently housed in museums around th...
03/20/2020
Museums Are Taking to Twitter to Give Everyone a Moment of Zen

Take a scroll through the #MuseumMomentOfZen hashtag to check out all the goodness currently housed in museums around the world.

It’s probably safe to assume that most of us are feeling far from relaxed right now. Toilet paper shortages, officials issuing shelter-in-place orders, and the daily news cycle in general is ramping up blood pressure like nobody’s business. In an attempt to bring people down from their cliff of ...

03/20/2020
"City/Game: Basketball in New York": Lucille Kyvallos at Queens College

In recognition of #WomensHistoryMonth, learn about Lucille Kyvallos, former Queens College women’s basketball coach and a pioneer of the sport. This video is from our "City/Game: Basketball in New York" exhibition. #MuseumFromHome

Queens-born Lucille Kyvallos honed her basketball skills on the streets and playgrounds of Astoria. By age 17, she was one of the most renowned basketball pl...

Explore the online version of our #ActivistNY exhibition. Test your knowledge of activism in New York and help us tell t...
03/19/2020
Activist New York Online

Explore the online version of our #ActivistNY exhibition. Test your knowledge of activism in New York and help us tell the story of today’s activists. #MuseumFromHome

Connect with issues of activism in the city today, discover a wealth of educational resources and more.

While women in the 1960s and ’70s invoked the “first-wave” suffrage generation, they also built on the continuous work o...
03/18/2020
Reconsidering Feminist Waves through the Strike for Women’s Equality March

While women in the 1960s and ’70s invoked the “first-wave” suffrage generation, they also built on the continuous work of New York women who emerged from left-wing movements of the 1930s. #WomensHistoryMonth #MuseumFromHome

Take a closer look at new content on the women’s liberation movement with Sarah Seidman, Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism.

Museums across the world have joined a social media movement to offer art and other imagery using the hashtag #MuseumMom...
03/17/2020
What Now? Facing Life Without the Entertainment World

Museums across the world have joined a social media movement to offer art and other imagery using the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen.

Overheard as the entertainment world stalled in response to the coronavirus outbreak: “What are we gonna do now, read books?”

Since we can't welcome you to the Museum in person, we invite you to #MuseumFromHome by watching these handpicked educat...
03/17/2020
#MuseumFromHome - YouTube

Since we can't welcome you to the Museum in person, we invite you to #MuseumFromHome by watching these handpicked educational and inspirational videos from our exhibitions, programs, and original series.

Since we can't welcome you to the Museum of the City of New York in person, we invite you to #MuseumFromHome by watching these handpicked educational and ins...

Since we can't welcome you in person, ⁣take a deep dive into the music related photographs on view in our "Collecting Ne...
03/16/2020
Collecting New York's Music Stories

Since we can't welcome you in person, ⁣take a deep dive into the music related photographs on view in our "Collecting New York's Stories" exhibition – including Blondie, RUN DMC, Sid Vicious, and John Lennon & Yoko Ono. #MuseumFromHome

The Museum's exhibitions have shared stories of the world’s most influential metropolis. our most recent exhibition, "Collecting New York's Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious" features highlights drawn from hundreds of additions to the Museum’s permanent collection over the past three years, inc...

Despite its importance, making something as abstract as data and the census concrete for students can be a challenge. Ed...
03/15/2020
Teachers Explore Data and the Census

Despite its importance, making something as abstract as data and the census concrete for students can be a challenge. Educators spent a day at the Museum investigating strategies to bring data to life in the classroom. #2020Census

Earlier this year, educators spent a day at the Museum investigating strategies to bring data to life in the classroom.

Museums are bringing a little peace to your timeline with calming artworks using #MuseumMomentofZen. Please continue to ...
03/14/2020
Despite Anxious Times, Museums Offer a “Moment of Zen” on Twitter

Museums are bringing a little peace to your timeline with calming artworks using #MuseumMomentofZen. Please continue to share on Twitter and we'll RT.

Thank you Hyperallergic for covering.

With the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen, museums bring a little peace to your timeline with calming artworks.

New York’s first health department was created in 1793 with the hopes of preventing a yellow fever outbreak that was spr...
03/13/2020
Germ City: Epidemics throughout New York’s History

New York’s first health department was created in 1793 with the hopes of preventing a yellow fever outbreak that was spreading throughout the city of Philadelphia. Ships sailing into New York’s harbor from Philadelphia were quarantined, but this tactic only lasted for so long. By 1795, Yellow fever was making its way through New York City.

Learn more about how New Yorkers have responded to past epidemics. #MuseumFromHome

As this year's flu season begins, we reflect on the 1918 influenza pandemic and other contagious diseases the city has had to contend with.

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The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

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