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

William Gale & Son, Dinner service presented to Commodore...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:25am

William Gale & Son, Dinner service presented to Commodore Matthew Perry by the Chamber of Commerce and Merchants of New York [selection from set of 400 pieces], 1855. Sterling silver. New-York...

July 8, 1853: An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:23am

July 8, 1853: An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrives in Yedo Bay seeking diplomatic and trade relations with Japan. Commodore Matthew Perry, ca. 1855-58. Daguerreotype. New-York...

July 7, 1863: The United States begins its first military draft;...
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 5:03pm

July 7, 1863: The United States begins its first military draft; exemptions cost $300. Within a week, the Draft Riots broke out in New York, the worst civil disorder in American history. The Riot in...

Today is NYC Pride. Which moment or person in LGBT history...
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Today is NYC Pride. Which moment or person in LGBT history inspires you? Eugene Gordon, New York City - Gay and Lesbian Pride March:Gay & Lesbian Episcopal Ministry, 1988. Gelatin silver...

June 28, 1969: Nine plainclothes policemen raid the Stonewall...
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:15am

June 28, 1969: Nine plainclothes policemen raid the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street for selling liquor without a license, but the patrons refuse to go home. It is the opening scene of the modern...

June 25, 1906: Architect Stanford White, age 52, is shot dead on...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:36am

June 25, 1906: Architect Stanford White, age 52, is shot dead on the roof theater of his own creation, Madison Square Garden; the murderer, Harry K. Thaw, is a jealous husband.Madison Square Garden...

June 24, 1813: Henry Ward Beecher, abolitionist and longtime...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:23am

June 24, 1813: Henry Ward Beecher, abolitionist and longtime minister of Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church, is born in Litchfield, Connecticut. George P. Hall & Son, Plymouth Church, n.d. New-York...

June 23, 1611: The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson’s fourth...
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:08pm

June 23, 1611: The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson’s fourth voyage sets Hudson and his loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never seen again.  Gorham...

Underwood & Underwood, Thomas Edison in his laboratory, East...
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 10:23am

Underwood & Underwood, Thomas Edison in his laboratory, East Orange, New Jersey, 1901. Stereograph. New-York Historical Society # 41493 Blog: Enjoy Tiffany Lamps? Thank Thomas Edison

June 18, 1873: Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 3:46pm

June 18, 1873: Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. J.H. Kent, Susan B. Anthony, n.d. New-York Historical Society # 36232

This summer, dive into history! We look forward to seeing you at...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 10:48am

This summer, dive into history! We look forward to seeing you at the museum soon and hope you will consider making a contribution to the Annual Fund — before our Fiscal Year ends on June 30th! Man...

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...
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