The New Yorker Hotel opened on January 2, 1930. Built in the Art Deco style which was popular in the 1920s and 1930sit featured ballrooms, ten private dining salons, and five restaurants. The hotel’s barber shop was massive with 42 chairs and 20 manicurists. And the hotel’s phone services employed around 95 switchboard operators. Fun Fact: it was a New Yorker bellboy, Johnny Roventini, who...
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#Onthisday in 1911, 146 factory workers — primarily young immigrant women — lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The tragedy spurred labor activists to champion for sweeping reforms that led to worker safety regulations and laws about fire safety. #NYCHistory

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“The exhibition shares what they bought and wore. The walking tour allows you to see what they built — the way they expressed their tastes and flaunted their money with velvet and marble.” Hyperallergic talks our #GildedNY exhibition and new app.

Tour New York’s Gilded Age Architecture with a New Museum App

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"The story of Muslims in New York is part of the great story of New York diversity" MetroFocus discusses our Muslim in New York installation. #MusliminNY

March 9, 2017: “MUSLIMS IN NEW YORK” - MetroFocus

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Defense attorney Ronald Kuby and former prisoner, now paralegal Shabaka Shakur discuss Shakur’s wrongful murder conviction and 27-year imprisonment – and interrogate a flawed justice system.

Only in New York is a new conversation series in which New York Times journalist Sarah Maslin Nir brings together two New Yorkers from different worlds to explore key questions about the city’s identity,...
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Before pizza and the hot dog, the oyster was New York City’s signature food. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video and explore the history of the oyster as well as present day efforts to restore the oyster population. #NYAtItsCore
Though arguably no other New York City neighborhood has generated as many conflicting representations as Harlem one singular documentary stands out. James Baldwin is interviewed for landmark epic: I Remember Harlem (240 minutes,1981, 16mm film), directed and produced by legendary filmmaker William Miles. Miles’ epic lovingly renders the diverse, 350-year history of Harlem as both a living,...
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I Remember Harlem

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Can I come in and look through your postcard collection? Do you take object donations? Our collections department fields a lot of questions, and they have some answers in this week's blog. #MCNYCollections

Frequently Asked Questions for the Collections Department

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“By taking this tour, users are walking not just in the footsteps of the period’s wealthy, but in the steps of Gilded-age tourists.” App creator Jessica Lautin talks our #GildedNY app with Lonely Planet

Tour New York City’s Gilded Age with a new app

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Here’s a restaurant-themed throwback for those of you headed to brunch. Samuel Longley Bickford began his restaurant career in 1902, and in 1921 he established the Bickford's restaurant chain. Bickford's Restaurants and Cafeterias have existed in various iterations since 1921, known for their reasonable prices and extended hours. During the 1920s, the Bickford's chain expanded rapidly to...
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"Muslims have always been here. They have contributed to and shaped the ethos of this place, and they are an indelible part of what makes New York New York. This city is a place where culture is both preserved and shared...the exhibition serves as a much-needed reminder that to be a Muslim in New York is simply to be a New Yorker." American Photo covers our Muslim in New York installation. ...
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Muslim Life in New York City

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"The refugees from the Great Hunger and the 32 million Americans with predominantly Irish roots today strengthened the United States, not destroyed it. A country that once reviled the Irish now wears green on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s something to raise a glass to." Celebrate #StPatricksDay by looking at the history of the Irish in the US.

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"A subtle reminder of the often overlooked connections that Muslims have to broader American culture". Our Muslim in New York installation explored in Fast Company. #MusliminNY

New York City's History Is Muslim History

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Synonymous with mojitos, sultry nightclubs, and classic cars, Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest island, is enjoying a new moment in the sun thanks to a relaxing of U.S. relations. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York (opens June 13), discover how Cuba's love of music and dance has mixed and melded with Puerto-Rican and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to create a sizzling...
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New York Meets Havana

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Well, since spring doesn't technically start until the 20th, that blizzard is still technically making it in under the wire. In honor of the weather, here's a picture of a snowy Central Park in 1890. Glen Span arch was built in 1865 and originally featured wooden trestles, rock pier supports, and a wooden railing. The arch was reconstructed about 20 years later, its wooden portions replaced...
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While many New Yorkers had their eyes turned toward what was predicted to be a historic snowstorm late Monday evening, The New York Times shared the sad news that Christopher Gray, author of the Streetscapes column (among any other works and projects) and super-sleuth of New York’s built environment, had died Friday, March 10th at the age of 66. Mr. Gray frequently utilized images from the...
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In Honor of Christopher Gray, Chronicler of the Streetscape

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Get your art, history, and STEM "cells" going as you learn about the technology and design of museum curation. During this free New York at Its Core educator event, play through an arcade set up by Games for Change, whose mission is to catalyze social impact through digital games, tour the New York at its Core galleries in the company of curators and educators, and go deeper into the...
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Game Day: City Stories and Digital Gaming

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Due to the visibility of their work, political cartoonists have been at the forefront of responding to Donald Trump's presidency. Published in newspapers, magazines, and online forums, these artists have already been responsible for creating indelible images of President Trump and commenting on his vision of the world. Join us for a discussion with some of today's most thoughtful -- and...
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Cartooning the New Reality

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Time travel by app you say? Well...almost. Our new #GildedNY app allows you to explore New York City the way it was. Learn all about it from DNAinfo Upper East Side then download the app and try it yourself.

This New App Takes You Back in Time to New York City's Gilded Age

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Built in 1927 and inspired by Italian Renaissance, Late Gothic Revival, and Islamic decorative elements it stands 23-stories high: it's the Barbizon Hotel for Women, now Barbizon 63. It was created to serve women moving to New York City for professional opportunities. Prospective tenants were required to bring three good references for admission, and were graded on criteria such as looks,...
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