Macy's Sunday Story Time: Balancing Between the Towers

Sun, August 4th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Follow Phillipe Petit’s performance as he crawls, climbs, and balances one thousand three hundred and forty feet in the air, between the World Trade Center Towers, nearly 40 years ago.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.


Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Elliott Abrams
Tue, March 5th, 2013 | 6:30 pm


How did the Bush Administration’s policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict evolve in the years following 9/11? Why did the peace negotiations fail? Elliott Abrams, a former White House deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, provides an insider’s account of the Bush Administration’s crucial role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

New Frontiers in the 21st Century

Lawrence Husick
Toshi Yoshihara
Sat, March 9th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

A series of Saturday programs presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Special September 11th Story Hour: Fireboat by Maira Kalman

Firefighter Vin Panaro
Katie Fuller, Museum Educator
Sun, September 11th, 2011 | 12:30 pm

The New-York Historical Society is proud to present this wonderful story by Maira Kalman in conjunction with our photographic exhibition, Remembering 9/11. “A hundred years from now, when people want to know what we told our children about 9/11, Kalman’s book should be among the first answers.” – Booklist, starred review.

Radical Hospitality

Feb 10 2004 - Oct 17 2004

Radical Hospitality will draw upon artifacts, photographs, banners and posters, children's art and video to reveal the story of how ordinary people pitched in to provide comfort, support and amenities to the rescue and recovery workers at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center. Organized geographically, the exhibition starts in midtown Manhattan with the supply distribution centers hurriedly created at the Jacob Javits Center and the piers along the Hudson River, then travels downtown on West Street along the Hero Highway to Point Thank You at Christopher Street, where well-wishers cheered and held up hand-lettered and decorated signs expressing their appreciation as rescue vehicles traveled to and from the site. It then goes to Nino's Restaurant on Canal Street, which opened its doors around the clock and supplied the recovery workers with food, drink, and a place to unwind from their grueling task, to St. Paul's Chapel, a spiritual and physical haven for the workers, to Ground Zero and the ceremonies that marked the end of the recovery and clean-up operations.

Approximately 50 objects bear witness to the incredible outpouring of support for New York's rescue and recovery workers in the months following September 11, from a canvas banner hung on the fence at St. Paul's and signed by recovery workers, volunteers, and people visiting groun; to the tags of bomb-sniffing dogs Ajax and Laika; to a large hand-painted sign reading "Welcome to Point Thank You".

Portraits of the City

Nov 11 2011 - May 28 2013

A group of approximately twenty paintings and two small sculptures offer visitors a chronological journey through highlights of the New-York Historical Society's rich collection of New York views, including historical images of the metropolis and richly allusive images of its inhabitants and their lives. The installation includes a selection of city views, beginning and ending with two monumental cityscapes, A Southeast Prospect of the City of New York from ca. 1756-1761 and Jacquette’s From World Trade Center, 1998. It features portraits of political and cultural figures such as DeWitt Clinton, who oversaw the development of the Erie Canal, and Katharine Cornell, the first lady of the American theater in the 1920s and 1930s. It also illuminates the everyday lives of city dwellers through such works as Thain’s Italian Block Party, 1922, and Blauvelt’s images of New Yorkers at work in the 1850s.

Victor Perelli (1899-1986), Empire State Building, N.Y.C., 1940. Oil on canvas. Gift of the Federal Works Agency, Works Projects Administration, 1940.978

Elegy in the Dust: September 11th and the Chelsea Jeans Memorial

Aug 26 2006 - Oct 7 2007

Chelsea Jeans, a retail store turned September 11th artifact and shrine, closed forever on October 26, 2002. Owner David Cohen entrusted the New-York Historical Society with preserving the Chelsea Jeans Memorial, as the 50 square feet of retail space became known to the thousands who filed past the glass-encased time capsule, as a place of pilgrimage for those visiting Ground Zero. A spontaneous memorial to all victims of the World Trade Center tragedy and a symbol of the still-unfolding aftermath of the terrorist attack, the Chelsea Jeans Memorial will serve as the focal point of this exhibition.

Elegy in the Dust: September 11th and the Chelsea Jeans Memorial, New-York Historical Society Installation, 2006

Remembering 9/11

Sep 8 2011 - Feb 5 2012

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, the New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition, Remembering 9/11

From Here is New York collection: Gulnara Samoilova, Untitled, 2001. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Here is New York

The exhibition presents a selection of photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition here is new york: a democracy of photographs), as well as letters written to police officers and firefighters; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from the New York Times “Portraits of Grief” series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial, designed by arch

On-Site Databases


The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library's menu collection and collection of September 11, 2001 ephemera can be searched using databases available in the Library's reading room.


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The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of our country, the history of art in America, and the history of New York and its people. The Museum houses more than 60,000 works and artifacts, including fine art, decorative art, historical artifacts, and ephemera. Fine art holdings include renowned Hudson River School landscapes; masterpieces of colonial and later portraiture; John James Audubon’s watercolors for The Birds of America; an encyclopedic collection of sculpture; and much more.

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