May 26, 1803: Under a 17-gun salute, the cornerstone of the...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:30pm

May 26, 1803: Under a 17-gun salute, the cornerstone of the present City Hall is laid. The mayor and city government provide food, plenty of drink, and a handsome tip for the workers.Bill Cunningham...

nyhistory: May 24, 1883: The Brooklyn Bridge, the engineering...
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 10:27am

nyhistory: May 24, 1883: The Brooklyn Bridge, the engineering marvel that was then the longest span in the world, opens with fireworks and fanfare; the festivities are marred by the deaths of twelve...

Bill Cunningham, New York Public Library (built 1911), ca....
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 2:01pm

Bill Cunningham, New York Public Library (built 1911), ca. 1968-76. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the photographer. http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/bill-cunningham-facades

May 23, 1895: NYPL The New York Public Library is formed when...
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 1:26pm

May 23, 1895: NYPL The New York Public Library is formed when the Astor and Lenox Libraries are combined with the Tilden Trust; it is on this anniversary day in 1911 that the Library’s grand Beaux-...

Bill Cunningham, Municipal Building (built 1914), Centre Street...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 10:23am

Bill Cunningham, Municipal Building (built 1914), Centre Street at Chambers Street, ca. 1968-76. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham In his images and...

May 21, 1881: The American Red Cross was established by Clara...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:56am

May 21, 1881: The American Red Cross was established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. During World War II, the New-York Historical Society’s galleries were converted into surgical dressing...

May 20, 1766: New Yorkers celebrate the repeal of...
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:26am

May 20, 1766: New Yorkers celebrate the repeal of Parliament’s Stamp Act by ringing church bells, setting off fireworks, and shooting muskets.Revolutionary history and fashion are united in this...

May 17, 1877: Alexander Graham Bell makes the first interstate...
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:01am

May 17, 1877: Alexander Graham Bell makes the first interstate call over the “speaking telephone”; his astonished New York City audience can hear familiar tunes played from New Brunswick, New Jersey...

Happy Fashion Friday! Check out our blog on Spring Fashion,...
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:03pm

Happy Fashion Friday! Check out our blog on Spring Fashion, circa 1890. B. Altman & Co. Catalog, Spring and Summer, 1896. New-York Historical Society, Landauer Collection TT555.B35 1896.

May 16, 1903: Coney Island’s Luna Park opens to the...
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:30am

May 16, 1903: Coney Island’s Luna Park opens to the illumination of 122,000 bulbs; upscale Luna offers “electro-scenic mechanical illusions” and allows weary mothers to check their babies along with...

Bill Cunningham, Editta Sherman on the Train to the Brooklyn...
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:08pm

Bill Cunningham, Editta Sherman on the Train to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ca. 1972. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham Enter here for your chance to...

May 12, 1955: Subway service ends on the Third Avenue El, the...
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:17pm

May 12, 1955: Subway service ends on the Third Avenue El, the last of Manhattan’s elevated lines. Unknown photographer, Elevated Station at 89th Street: 3rd Avenue El, ca. 1940. Gelatin silver...

May 11, 1647: Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam, ten...
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:06am

May 11, 1647: Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam, ten months after being appointed to the governorship of New Netherlands colony by the Dutch States-General. Unknown artist, Petrus (Peter)...

May 9, 1800: Abolitionist John Brown is born. Thomas...
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:28am

May 9, 1800: Abolitionist John Brown is born. Thomas Satterwhite Noble, John Brown’s Blessing, 1867. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society Our exhibition “Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts...

#TBT to mid-century NYC: Bill Cunningham, Lever House, 390 Park...
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 4:31pm

#TBT to mid-century NYC: Bill Cunningham, Lever House, 390 Park Avenue at 53rd Street (built 1952), ca. 1968-76. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the photgrapher Don’t...

May 8, 1917: The first American troop contingent sent to France...
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:51am

May 8, 1917: The first American troop contingent sent to France during the First World War departs from New York. Its mission was to establish a base hospital. James Montgomery Flagg, I Want You for...

Irving Browning, Chrysler Building at 405 Lexington Avenue,...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 11:40am

Irving Browning, Chrysler Building at 405 Lexington Avenue, upper stories and spire, ca. 1931. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, gift of the photographer.

May 6, 1815: St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Mott and Prince Streets,...
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 3:12pm

May 6, 1815: St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Mott and Prince Streets, now commonly referred to as Old St. Patrick’s, was dedicated.  Eugene Armbruster, Lower Manhattan: southwest view of St. Patrick’s...

May 3, 1849: Photographer and social reformer Jacob Riis is born...
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 10:01am

May 3, 1849: Photographer and social reformer Jacob Riis is born in Denmark; by the end of the century his illustrated exposes had initiated slum clearance programs and laws regulating tenement...

April 30, 1789: George Washington takes the oath of office to...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:29am

April 30, 1789: George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York. Giuseppe Guidicini (1812–1868),...

Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court...
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:01pm

Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House, ca.1975. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham

April 28, 1858: The first prize of $2,000 is awarded to plan No....
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:29pm

April 28, 1858: The first prize of $2,000 is awarded to plan No. 33 for the design of Central Park; called “Greensward,” it is submitted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.John Bachmann, Bird’...

April 27, 1897: President William McKinley and Julia Dent Grant...
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:01am

April 27, 1897: President William McKinley and Julia Dent Grant preside over the dedication of Grant’s Tomb on Riverside Drive; some one million people attend the parade and ceremony.Robert Bracklow...

April 25, 1865: Funeral obsequies are held for Abraham Lincoln...
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9:24am

April 25, 1865: Funeral obsequies are held for Abraham Lincoln as his coffin leaves New York to make its journey to Springfield, Illinois; some 120,000 New Yorkers filed past the casket in City Hall...

April 24, 1913: President Woodrow Wilson presses a button in the...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:04am

April 24, 1913: President Woodrow Wilson presses a button in the White House that illumines 80,000 lights in the Woolworth Building on its opening day; the so-called “Cathedral of Commerce" is then...

April 23, 1789: Amid much pomp, George Washington arrives by...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:58pm

April 23, 1789: Amid much pomp, George Washington arrives by barge in order to assume the office of President of the United States; large crowds accompany him to his new residence on Cherry Street....

John James Audubon, Whooping Crane (Grus americana), Study for...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 1:40pm

John James Audubon, Whooping Crane (Grus americana), Study for Havell pl. 226, 1821–22; 1829–33 [endangered]. Watercolor, oil, gouache, graphite, white lead pigment, black ink, and pastel with...

Bill Cunningham, St. Paul’s Chapel and Churchyard (built ca....
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 3:04pm

Bill Cunningham, St. Paul’s Chapel and Churchyard (built ca. 1766-96), ca. 1968-76. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the photographer. Now on exhibit in Bill Cunningham...

When Was the First St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York...
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:55am

When Was the First St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City?

#FashionFriday, Federal Hall edition: Bill Cunningham, Federal...
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 1:02pm

#FashionFriday, Federal Hall edition: Bill Cunningham, Federal Hall (built ca. 1842, costume ca. 1910), ca. 1968-1976. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the photographer...

 #ThrowbackThursday, 1970’s New York City edition:Bill...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:38pm

 #ThrowbackThursday, 1970’s New York City edition:Bill Cunningham, Editta Sherman on the Train to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ca. 1972. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift...

Dreading this week’s cold zap? It could be worse. March...
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:38am

Dreading this week’s cold zap? It could be worse. March 12, 1888: twenty-one inches of snow fell in New York City in just under twenty-four hours. Learn more about the Blizzard of 1888 here: http://...

March 8, 1894: New York City started requiring dogs to be...
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:59am

March 8, 1894: New York City started requiring dogs to be licensed. Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish Sr. and Mme. Bahkmastiaf, wife of the Russian ambassador, with dog, 1915. NYHS Image # 72757

Bill Cunningham, Municipal Asphalt Plant (built 1944), East 90th...
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 4:35pm

Bill Cunningham, Municipal Asphalt Plant (built 1944), East 90th Street at the East River, 1968-76. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham While Robert Moses once called the Municipal...

Bill Cunningham, Grand Central Terminal (built ca. 1903-1913),...
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:25pm

Bill Cunningham, Grand Central Terminal (built ca. 1903-1913), ca. 1968-1976. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham Architecture, history, and—of course—...

Born today in 1853: American illustrator Howard Pyle. Howard...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:32pm

Born today in 1853: American illustrator Howard Pyle. Howard Pyle (1853–1911), Hamilton Addressing the Mob: Study for the Illustration in “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine” (October 1884), 1884....

Why Are the Streets in Lower Manhattan and Greenwich Village Not...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:29pm

Why Are the Streets in Lower Manhattan and Greenwich Village Not on the Grid Pattern, and Why is Broadway on an Angle?

March 5, 1833: the legislature chose to discontinue Ninth and...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:54am

March 5, 1833: the legislature chose to discontinue Ninth and Tenth Streets west of Sixth Avenue, contrary to the 1811 Commissioners’ Plan.Commissioner Plan, A Map of the City of New York, by the...

March 2, 1769: DeWitt Clinton, mayor, governor, scholar, and...
Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 11:01am

March 2, 1769: DeWitt Clinton, mayor, governor, scholar, and proponent of the Erie Canal, is born. John Wesley Jarvis, De Witt Clinton, ca. 1820. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of...

“Great Curling Match on the Central Park Pond Between the St....
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 2:06pm

“Great Curling Match on the Central Park Pond Between the St. Andrews and Caledonian Clubs. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, February 17, 1872. New-York Historical Society, Geographic File, PR...

February 26, 1870: Alfred Ely Beach debuts his surprise...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 1:15pm

February 26, 1870: Alfred Ely Beach debuts his surprise invention, a luxurious, airblown “Pneumatic” subway that extends for one block under Broadway at Murray Street; it attracts many curious paying...

Intersection of Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway, Bonx,...
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:23pm

Intersection of Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway, Bonx, NY, 1914. New-York Historical Society (PR83 Hassler Collection) Blog: Joseph P. Day: The Man Who Sold The Bronx

Frank M. Ingalls, New York City: Beekman Street looking west...
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 2:38pm

Frank M. Ingalls, New York City: Beekman Street looking west toward the Woolworth Building, undated. New-York Historical Society Library

Puffins: Audubon’s Lovebirds (Blog) John James Audubon, Atlantic...
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 1:04pm

Puffins: Audubon’s Lovebirds (Blog) John James Audubon, Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Havell plate no. 213, 1833. Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon

"Sweetheart I Love None But You" [sheet music cover], 1896....
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 11:34am

"Sweetheart I Love None But You" [sheet music cover], 1896. New-York Historical Society, Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera

A Blizzard Scene in New York: Looking West on 14th Street toward...
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 12:48pm

A Blizzard Scene in New York: Looking West on 14th Street toward Sixth Avenue, March 12, 1888. New-York Historical Society # 73109

February 13, 1837: After hearing speeches decrying the high cost...
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:20am

February 13, 1837: After hearing speeches decrying the high cost of bread, meat, rent, and fuel, a crowd of New Yorkers, in what becomes called the “Flour Riot,” attacks a Washington Street warehouse...
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