All Aboard! Historical Train Weekend

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 13:00 to 15:00
Sat, December 14th, 2013 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sun, December 15th, 2013 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15; 1–3 pm

Kids meet Conductor Bob, hear tales of the rails, and create their own engine car, caboose, or anything in-between. And don’t forget to find all the “eye-spy” details in the amazing trains, buildings, and riders on view in the New-York Historical Society’s holiday installation. Ages 3–6.

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Eastside vs. Westside

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Barry Lewis
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:30
Thu, April 18th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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By the end of the nineteenth century, Central Park West had become a bastion of middle class life and Fifth Avenue the boulevard of the very wealthy. Today the east side chateaux have almost all disappeared, but the middle class apartment buildings of the west side remain a vital part of the New York skyline. Join us for a colorful evening with Barry Lewis, whose Eastside vs. Westside lecture returns by popular demand.

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Holiday Express: Can You Spot It?

Every day!

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 10:00 to 17:00
Fri, November 23rd, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, November 24th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, November 25th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, December 1st, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, December 2nd, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, December 8th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, December 9th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, December 15th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, December 16th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, December 22nd, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, December 23rd, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wed, December 26th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thu, December 27th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fri, December 28th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, December 29th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, December 30th, 2012 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tue, January 1st, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, January 5th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, January 6th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, January 12th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, January 13th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, January 19th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, January 20th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, January 26th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, January 27th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, February 2nd, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, February 3rd, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, February 9th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, February 10th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, February 16th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, February 17th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, February 23rd, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, February 24th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, March 2nd, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, March 3rd, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, March 9th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, March 10th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, March 16th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, March 17th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, March 23rd, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, March 24th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, March 30th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, March 31st, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, April 6th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, April 7th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, April 13th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, April 14th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, April 20th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun, April 21st, 2013 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Every day!

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Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

November 23, 2012
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September 08, 2013

Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels—all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, will be on view this holiday season at the New-York Historical Society, in the first museum exhibition of selections from the renowned Jerni Collection.

Marklin Elevated Station with accessories, ca. 1900. From the Collection of Jerry and Nina Greene.

Among the unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted toys will be the only existing first model elevated station. Designed by Märklin, ca. 1895, it is known as the Rolls-Royce of toy train manufacturers and will be displayed in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, near the 77th Street entrance. In New-York Historical’s Luce Center, the installation will include Märklin’s largest and most elaborate train station, ca. 1904; Marklin’s only known extant post office, ca. 1895; a Märklin girder bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, ca. 1905; Rock & Graner’s extraordinary hand-painted road over double-arched brick bridge, ca. 1902; and Ernst Plank’s exquisite Ferris wheel from the turn-of-the-century.

All aboard! Color in this train [PDF] and bring it to the New-York Historical Society for one FREE admission for kids 13 and under!

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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Grand Central Centennial

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 11:30
Sun, January 27th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4 - 7.

Each week New-York Historical Society educators read one to two engaging picture books around a theme. The themes are related to New York City, American history, current holidays, or new exhibitions.

Get ready for the 100th anniversary celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s opening by exploring how unique and diverse the station is in Maira Kalman’s book Next Stop Grand Central!

Next Stop Grand Central by Maira Kalman

 

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Titanic Sinks!: Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of one of the Twentieth-Century's Most Infamous Disasters

 Free with museum admission!

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 13:00
Sun, April 15th, 2012 | 2:00 pm

Experience the Titanic’s doomed voyage as Barry Denenberg, author of Titanic Sinks!, joins us in the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library to read excerpts and discuss his book for young readers. Questions surrounding the sinking of the Titanic will be certain to drive this discussion – questions about arrogance and corporate greed, questions about the lifeboats leaving half empty, questions about iceberg warning signs and questions about why so many third-class passengers perished. Join Mr.

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Around Town Underground: Prints From The Collection Of Dave And Reba Williams

August 03, 2004
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November 07, 2004

When the first segment of Gotham's subway system opened on October 27, 1904, most Manhattanites lived and worked below 14th Street, while the rest of the island remained thinly settled. The original line operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) ran from City Hall to Grand Central Station, then West along 42nd Street to Times Square before continuing north to the Bronx. The urban landscape immediately began to change as the newly consolidated City grew outward, with the development of upper Manhattan and the Bronx, and upward as skyscrapers rose in downtown and midtown. For the first time New Yorkers were able to live in one neighborhood, commute to work elsewhere and travel about the city with ease.

Distance was overcome by speed. "City Hall to Harlem in fifteen minutes" the slogan promised. Reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour on its express lines, the new electric subway was three times as fast as the steam-powered elevated trains and six times as fast as electric street cars. A second line, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Corporation (BRT), which later changed its name to the Brooklyn Manhattan Transit (BMT), was created in 1913. Both the IRT and BMT were publicly owned but privately operated. The municipal government owned and operated the IND line, which opened between 1932 and 1940. The city acquired the IRT and BMT lines at this time as well and unified all into a common network. This was the culminating phase of subway construction.

The urban metamorphosis taking place over the first half of the twentieth century provided visual artists with dramatic subject matter. City scenes began to outpace portraiture and landscapes as topics of choice. Printmaking was undergoing a renaissance at this time as well. While nineteenth-century printmakers were primarily focused on documentation, 20th-century printmakers felt freer to work in more stylized, expressionist and purely aesthetic modes. They experimented with new media and rediscovered methods such as lithography, screen printing, and woodcuts, primarily used for commercial purposes in the past. The New York City Graphics Division of the Works Progress Administration (1935–1943) facilitated the advancement of printing technology employing hundreds of artists during the depression. Most of the prints in this exhibition date from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Tunnel Vision: New York Subway Construction Photographs, 1900–1908

November 23, 2004
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February 20, 2005

On October 27, 1904, New York City's subway system officially opened, but talks to build an underground rail system began soon after London opened its subway in 1863. It wasn't until 1894 that a referendum was put on the ballot to generate financial support from the city and create the Rapid Transit Board, which was in charge of planning the route. The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) was awarded the contract to build the first subway line. The Rapid Transit Board planned one original route, stretching from City Hall to 96th Street, which then split into two more routes from Broadway to 242nd Street and another that ran under the Harlem River into the Bronx. Bids were then solicited and construction began in 1900.

The New-York Historical Society's exhibit Tunnel Vision: New York Subway Construction Photographs, 19001908, explores the logistical challenges and remarkable effort that went into what at the time, was the largest construction project in the city's history. The exhibition showcases 80 photographs, culled from more than 5,000 from 19001908 in the Historical Society's Subway Construction Photograph Collection, all of which were a gift from the New York City Board of Transportation in 1950. Made primarily for insurance purposes, the overall collection contains nearly 60,000 photos showcasing buildings and streetscapes before, during and after construction of the of the entire subway system from 1900 until the last line was finished in 1947.

"These photographs capture the incredible human spirit behind this massive project and reveal the pride and willpower that laborers used in lieu of modern technology to make the subway a reality. This was truly a feat in modern engineering for the city to accomplish this task and Tunnel Vision will provide visitors with a snapshot into this extraordinary period of growth for New York," said New York Historical Society President & CEO Dr. Louise Mirrer.

The photographs and text panels document in vivid detail the "cut-and-cover" technique that the project's chief engineer, William Barclay Parsons developed. The process, in which crews dug a shallow excavation below the street surface and built a concrete and steel subsurface for trains to run through. The method was a painstaking process that required the relocation of thousands of sewer, gas and water mains and reinforcing buildings along the route. However, some of the exhibit photos clearly show how that many of the buildings did not survive and had to be demolished. While the IRT construction was marred by significant property damage, business disruptions and fatal accidents, it did succeed in addressing the city's basic objective: a cheap, reliable urban transit system. The five cent fare that remained in place until 1947 allowed an explosive growth of home construction throughout Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

Most of the photographs from the early construction (1900–1908) are printed on platinum paper, which has proven to hold the images intact over the last century. The 65 prints in this exhibit are grouped geographically to show the transformation of key sites in New York City that were dramatically altered during the construction phase and then re-assembled afterward. Unfortunately, many historic structures did not survive the construction phase, or were re-rebuilt in a poor fashion to prevent them from living on today. "Tunnel Vision teaches a valuable lesson about the delicate nature of New York City's infrastructure and the challenges that lie ahead for any further expansion of the subway system," said Dr. Mirrer.

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The New-York Historical Society’s collection of more than 300 relics includes eyewitness artifacts linked to key moments in American history, such as fragments of the gilded statue of George III torn from its pedestal on Bowling Green by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776; a draft wheel used during the Civil War in the draft lottery held on July 13, 1863—an event that touched off the worst urban riots in American history—and the wooden barrel used by Governor DeWitt Clinton in the ceremonial mar

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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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