October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 9:15am

October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening performance; the new opera house at Broadway and 39th Street is built with the express purpose of providing enough boxes to showcase all of...

October 15, 1860: Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:19am

October 15, 1860: Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY writes to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. Matthew Brady, Abraham...

October 11, 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt is born. Eleanor Roosevelt...
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:03am

October 11, 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt is born. Eleanor Roosevelt at the New-York Historical Society exhibit “Votes for Women”, October 1952. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society

October 7, 1954: Marian Anderson became the first black singer...
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 4:35pm

October 7, 1954: Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by The Metropolitan Opera. Enit Zerner Kaufman, Marian Anderson (1897-1993), ca. 1940-45. Watercolor. New-York Historical Society...

Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled...
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:05am

Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—possibly the first public use of the term “Chinese American.” In the wake of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion...

L’shanah tovah! Prayers for Shabbath, Rosh-Hashanah, and...
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:21pm

L’shanah tovah! Prayers for Shabbath, Rosh-Hashanah, and Kippur [title page], 1766. New York: Printed by John Holt. New-York Historical Society Library

September 23, 1838: Victoria Woodhull, women’s suffragist...
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 3:54pm

September 23, 1838: Victoria Woodhull, women’s suffragist who ran for United States president in 1872, is born.  Victoria Woodhull at the Polls, undated. Wood engraving. New-York Historical Society...

September 22, 1776: Nathan Hale is executed as a spy by the...
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:18am

September 22, 1776: Nathan Hale is executed as a spy by the British. F.O.C. Darley, design; A.H. Ritchie, engraving, Last Words of Captain Nathan Hale, the Hero-Martyr of the American Revolution;...

September 21, 1776: A devastating fire breaks out just days...
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:58pm

September 21, 1776: A devastating fire breaks out just days after the British take New York City from George Washington’s fleeing troops; a mile of the west side is consumed along with one-fourth of...

September 20, 1947: Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the three-term mayor...
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:03am

September 20, 1947: Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the three-term mayor who helped define the modern city, dies at home in the Bronx. John Albok, Hon. F.H. La Guardia Mayor of the City of New York, 1943....

September 19, 1738: For the first time, the Common Council...
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:45am

September 19, 1738: For the first time, the Common Council appoints thirty “Strong, Able, Discreet, Honest and Sober” volunteers to be the ‘Firemen of the City of New York.”Robert L. Bracklow, Hook...

Mayor George McClellan at the controls of the first NYC Subway...
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:15am

Mayor George McClellan at the controls of the first NYC Subway train, 1904. New-York Historical Society, PR 020, # 80001d “I’m Running This Train!”: Mayor McClellan And The First Subway Ride

Ken C. Hamilton, Dust Covered Transit Police, 2001. New-York...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:46am

Ken C. Hamilton, Dust Covered Transit Police, 2001. New-York Historical Society, here is new york collection Read more about here is new york, a collection of 6,200 photographs documenting 9/11 and...

September 9, 1901 The cornerstone of the New York Stock Exchange...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 9:55am

September 9, 1901 The cornerstone of the New York Stock Exchange is laid at 8 Broad Street. Construction on Stock Exchange pediment, ca. 1903. New-York Historical Society, PR 024

What New York Slang Did We Get From The Dutch? Francis Harrison...
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:01pm

What New York Slang Did We Get From The Dutch? Francis Harrison (fl. 1730–1732), Geoffrey Needler The English and Low-Dutch School-Master, 1730 New-York: Printed and sold by W. Bradford Y Bind Brad/....

Today in 1664: New Amsterdam becomes New York. A Description of...
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:06pm

Today in 1664: New Amsterdam becomes New York. A Description of the Towne of Mannados: Or New Amsterdam as it was in September 1661 [“The Duke’s Plan”]. 1664; manuscript facsimile drawn ca. 1858. M31...

September 3, 1838: Abolitionist and civil rights activist...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:15am

September 3, 1838: Abolitionist and civil rights activist Frederick Douglass escapes slavery disguised as a free sailor and arrives in New York City the following day. L.C. Handy photographic studio...

August 30, 1790: President and Mrs. Washington leave New York as...
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:45pm

August 30, 1790: President and Mrs. Washington leave New York as the nation’s capital moves to Philadelphia. Rembrandt Peale (1778–1860), George Washington, 1853. Oil on canvas. New-York...

Where are your favorite places to read? Whether it’s with...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:05pm

Where are your favorite places to read? Whether it’s with Ron Chernow’s “Washington: A Life” or Ludwig Bemelmans’ “Madeline,” readers are welcome in our galleries! #IReadEverywherehttp://www....

August 27, 1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:10am

August 27, 1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born.  LBJ for the USA [poster], 1964. New-York Historical Society, PR 055-05 # 85136d

August 26, 1920: the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution...
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:45pm

August 26, 1920: the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution takes effect, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Pennant [Votes for Women], ca. 1910-20. Felt. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs...

August 25, 1918: Leonard Bernstein, versatile composer and...
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 2:01pm

August 25, 1918: Leonard Bernstein, versatile composer and legendary conductor of the @nyphil, is born. Bernard Gotfryd, Leonard Bernstein, undated. New-York Historical Society, Bernard Gotfryd...

August 24, 1847: Charles McKim, founder and co-partner of McKim,...
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:01am

August 24, 1847: Charles McKim, founder and co-partner of McKim, Mead & White, architects of the first Pennsylvania Station, the second Madison Square Garden and the Pierpont Morgan Library,...

Kids in our camp program have been learning about the Civil War...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 4:36pm

Kids in our camp program have been learning about the Civil War and 19th-century photographic processes, studying real people from history, delving into our photographic collections, styling...

August 19, 1863: The United States draft resumes in New York...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:00am

August 19, 1863: The United States draft resumes in New York after the July riots. The only Civil War draft wheel to survive the riots will be on display starting Friday in A Brief History of New...

August 14, 1945: President Truman announced Japan’s...
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 9:01am

August 14, 1945: President Truman announced Japan’s unconditional surrender, ending World War II. Official U.S. Navy Photograph. [Troopship returns], 1945. New-York Historical Society.

The 1930s and 1940s are considered the golden age of supper...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 9:01pm

The 1930s and 1940s are considered the golden age of supper clubs. One of the more colorful supper clubs dating to that era was “El Borracho” (i.e., The Drunkard), at 51 East 53rd Street. More: http...

The Great Union Meeting in Union Square, New-York, April 20,...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:56pm

The Great Union Meeting in Union Square, New-York, April 20, 1861. Stereograph. New-York Historical Society # 33465 Learn more facts at NYC & the Civil War on Governors Island (curated by our...

August 8, 1885: An estimated one million people watched the...
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 7:15am

August 8, 1885: An estimated one million people watched the funeral procession of former president Ulysses S. Grant over its six-mile course starting from City Hall, where his body lay in state, to a...

Currier & Ives, The Great Naval Victory in Mobile Bay, Aug...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 4:06pm

Currier & Ives, The Great Naval Victory in Mobile Bay, Aug 5th, 1864. New-York Historical Society PR 100, Maritime History File. This week is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay,...

What Objects Define New York? Unidentified Artist, Proposed Coat...
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 11:15am

What Objects Define New York? Unidentified Artist, Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company, ca. 1630. New-York...

August 5, 1884: The cornerstone for the pedestal of the Statue...
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:37am

August 5, 1884: The cornerstone for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island (later renamed Liberty Island).George P. Hall & Son, Statue of Liberty, 1898. Gelatin silver...

August 4,1735: John Peter Zenger, editor of the New York Weekly...
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 2:27pm

August 4,1735: John Peter Zenger, editor of the New York Weekly Journal, was tried and acquitted for the libel of Governor William Cosby, marking the establishment of freedom of speech and freedom of...

July 31, 1948: New York International Airport (today #JFK) was...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 4:18pm

July 31, 1948: New York International Airport (today #JFK) was dedicated. Robert Lester, Idlewild, New York International Airport, ca. 1949. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society

On July 30, 1844, The beginning of organized yachting in the...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:52am

On July 30, 1844, The beginning of organized yachting in the United States is marked by the founding of the New York Yacht Club in the cabin of John Cox Stevens’s schooner Gimcrack. Stevens was a...

July 29, 1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:40pm

July 29, 1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. The Sociable Telephone (A Game for the Smart Set), 1908. New-York...

On July 25, 1953, New York City’s subway fare was raised to 15...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 3:23pm

On July 25, 1953, New York City’s subway fare was raised to 15 cents. Instead of making subway riders have three nickels each time, the city introduced the subway token, which became a symbol of the...

July 23, 1788: The "Grand Federal Procession," a colorful...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:08am

July 23, 1788: The "Grand Federal Procession," a colorful endorsement of the new Federal Constitution by the city’s artisans, proceeds down Broadway.Pewterer’s Banner, 1788. Silk, paint. New-York...

July 22, 1849: New York City native and poet Emma Lazarus, best...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 3:01pm

July 22, 1849: New York City native and poet Emma Lazarus, best remembered for “The New Colossus,” her sonnet to the Statue of Liberty, is born. T. Johnson, Emma Lazarus (1849-1887), 1888. Engraving...

Does your family have a Chinese American story? Share it here:...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:09pm

Does your family have a Chinese American story? Share it here: http://chineseamerican.nyhistory.org/ Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—...

July 21, 1853: The New York state legislature sets aside the...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:56am

July 21, 1853: The New York state legislature sets aside the irregular and rather undesirable land bounded by 59th and 106th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues for public use, which, after much...

July 14, 1853: President Franklin Pierce opens the first...
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:46am

July 14, 1853: President Franklin Pierce opens the first American world’s fair at the Crystal Palace on the present site of Manhattan’s Bryant Park. Interior of Crystal Palace, ca. 1853....

July 11, 1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former...
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:35pm

July 11, 1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey. Bill from David Hosack to the Estate of Alexander...

July 9, 1776: On Washington’s orders the Declaration of...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:15am

July 9, 1776: On Washington’s orders the Declaration of Independence is read to the American troops stationed in New York. At the Bowling Green a mob pulls down an equestrian statue of King George...

July 8, 1889: The Wall Street Journal was first...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:02pm

July 8, 1889: The Wall Street Journal was first published. William Holbrook Beard, Bulls and Bears in the Market, 1879. Oil on linen. New-York Historical Society, 1971.104
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