Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! The Statue of...
Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:18am

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! The Statue of Liberty is probably the most well-known New York area monument, but the National Park Service administers several others as well, including...

“A Declaration of Rights I wish to see with all my heart” wrote...
Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:15am

“A Declaration of Rights I wish to see with all my heart” wrote John Adams to Cotton Tufts, before adding, “though I am sensible of the difficulty of framing one in which all the states can agree...

When Mad Men Get MadThis angry letter from William Bernbach, one...
Sun, 08/21/2016 - 10:15am

When Mad Men Get MadThis angry letter from William Bernbach, one of the most influential advertisers of the 20th century, was prompted by a Time report that described an especially odd TV...

We love Eugene Armbruster because he photographed countless...
Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:12am

We love Eugene Armbruster because he photographed countless landscapes from a disappearing New York City, but this uncharacteristic image provides a glimpse of the era’s fashions as well.Eugene L....

“Stacks of outstanding materials.” Yep.“Well-informed staff that...
Wed, 08/17/2016 - 1:30pm

“Stacks of outstanding materials.” Yep.“Well-informed staff that know their stuff.” Absolutely.WHY HAVEN’T MORE PEOPLE WRITTEN POEMS ABOUT US?Irving S. Levy.  New York Historical Society [acrostic...

Are we looking at the key to Alexander Hamilton’s secret...
Mon, 08/15/2016 - 11:00am

Are we looking at the key to Alexander Hamilton’s secret correspondence? Perhaps. This grille cipher was found among Hamilton’s papers after his death, but the question of if or how the late...

Bryant Park, Summer, 1960sNew York City’s street life was a...
Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:45pm

Bryant Park, Summer, 1960sNew York City’s street life was a favorite subject for photographer Frederick Kelly.  Frederick Kelly. Bryant Park: Checkers; Sleeper; Map study. 1961, 1963....

Happy Skyscraper Appreciation Day! George B. Post was a...
Wed, 08/10/2016 - 10:35am

Happy Skyscraper Appreciation Day! George B. Post was a pioneering architect who built some of the earliest skyscrapers in New York. For the now demolished Produce Exchange Building, he designed an...

A Paleo diet on a luxury ocean liner? It would appear that way...
Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:25am

A Paleo diet on a luxury ocean liner? It would appear that way based on this menu cover, but the “prehistoric repast” served to passengers aboard the Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam did...

Reddy the cat would like some breakfast. William D. Hassler....
Sat, 08/06/2016 - 10:00am

Reddy the cat would like some breakfast. William D. Hassler.  William Gray Hassler and Reddy the cat eating cereal. PR83_1130, PR83_1236. ca. 1912. glass plate. New-York Historical Society.

NYC2012Sure, we’re all excited about the Olympics in Rio, but...
Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:12am

NYC2012Sure, we’re all excited about the Olympics in Rio, but remember when we thought we might host the 2012 Olympics here in NYC? Here’s a look back at the renderings for the proposed Olympic...

Hey, Hamilton-lovers, the duel is back by popular demand! Come...
Thu, 08/04/2016 - 10:50am

Hey, Hamilton-lovers, the duel is back by popular demand! Come to the Museum on Sunday for a live theatrical performance of the Hamilton-Burr duel by American Historical Theatre. Space is limited so...

Prevost in NYCPlenty of people have taken pictures of New York,...
Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:23am

Prevost in NYCPlenty of people have taken pictures of New York, but the French-born photographer Victor Prevost was one of the very first. He made these photographs using the rare calotype process...

To celebrate the birthday of Jerry Garcia, we’re going all the...
Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:04am

To celebrate the birthday of Jerry Garcia, we’re going all the way to San Francisco, where photographer Amalie Rothschild documented the scene at Grateful Dead shows in 1970.  Amalie Rothschild...

The Children’s Aid Society operated a number of summer camps and...
Fri, 07/29/2016 - 9:55am

The Children’s Aid Society operated a number of summer camps and similar programs designed to get city kids out into nature. Read more about the history of summer camps on the blog! A. Tennyson...

If you’re not in awe after Signor Blitz eats glass and does...
Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:01pm

If you’re not in awe after Signor Blitz eats glass and does something mysterious with a canary, surely you will marvel at the bizarre spectacle that is…THE DANCE OF THE DINNER PLATES! Indeed,...

Where’s Hamilton Square?You’ve never heard of Hamilton Square?...
Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:13am

Where’s Hamilton Square?You’ve never heard of Hamilton Square? You’re not alone. In 1807 the Common Council sold 28 city-owned lots on today’s Upper East Side between East 66th and 69th Streets...

nyprarchives: Did you know that Castle Clinton in Battery Park...
Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:44pm

nyprarchives: Did you know that Castle Clinton in Battery Park was the New York Aquarium until 1941? The aquatic life had to make way for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, so they bunked in the Lion...

Beat the heat this weekend with The Pigeon and all your favorite...
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:38pm

Beat the heat this weekend with The Pigeon and all your favorite Mo Willems characters! See The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems on display at N-YHS until September 25.  

Age Defying Treatment Makes Paper Look 200 Years Younger!This...
Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:12pm

Age Defying Treatment Makes Paper Look 200 Years Younger!This broadside encouraging New Yorkers to protest the Tea Act needed a little bit of work before it would be ready to exhibit this...

Larry Silver: Now on ViewSilver is a prolific photographer, but...
Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:26am

Larry Silver: Now on ViewSilver is a prolific photographer, but these few images seemed right for a hot New York City summer. His work is on view here through December 4. Larry Silver.  Bronx...

92y: You may know Shakespeare’s work. But the original...
Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:38am

Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library. Title page with Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare. 92y: You may know Shakespeare’s work. But the original collection of his plays, well...

Ringing the Bells for HamiltonAlexander Hamilton’s funeral was...
Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:18pm

Ringing the Bells for HamiltonAlexander Hamilton’s funeral was held on Saturday, July 14, 1804 at Trinity Church. Thomas Collister, the sexton at Trinity, was tasked with tolling the bells for the...

Take a dip at the Y.W.C.A. (in 1936)Need lessons? No problem....
Wed, 07/13/2016 - 7:46pm

Take a dip at the Y.W.C.A. (in 1936)Need lessons? No problem. Just strap on that swimming cap and get in the pool! Now’s the time to swim… .YWCA of the City of New York. West Side Branch.1936. New...

Tea, a New York drink
Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:48pm

Tea, a New York drink: Let’s keep the tea party going! There’s more about NYC and tea history over at our From the Stacks blog. 

#NeverJohnAdamsAlexander Hamilton had more than one political...
Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:42pm

#NeverJohnAdamsAlexander Hamilton had more than one political enemy. He had very strong reservations about his fellow Federalist John Adams during the latter’s presidential campaigns. During the...

The photography world lost a legend when Bill Cunningham passed...
Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:15am

The photography world lost a legend when Bill Cunningham passed away recently. Here’s another look at his work for the 1978 book Facades.Bill Cunningham. Grand Central Station; GM Building; St....

Where is Hamilton Street? Manhattan has its “Hamilton Place”...
Wed, 07/06/2016 - 7:12pm

Where is Hamilton Street? Manhattan has its “Hamilton Place” and “Hamilton Terrace” up in “Hamilton Heights,” but did you know that there once was a “Hamilton Street” on the Lower East Side?...

Join us at the Museum this Sunday, July 10, at 1pm and 3pm to...
Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:48pm

Join us at the Museum this Sunday, July 10, at 1pm and 3pm to watch a live theatrical performance of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s duel, the most famous in American history.

Happy Fourth of July!Stay crazy, Uncle Sam.Independence Day...
Mon, 07/04/2016 - 10:10am

Happy Fourth of July!Stay crazy, Uncle Sam.Independence Day postcards. ca 1940s. Postcard file. New-York Historical Society. 

It has now been 174 years since water began flowing to New York...
Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:15am

It has now been 174 years since water began flowing to New York City via the Croton Aqueduct. The route from Putnam Country is documented here by printmaker William James Bennett. Read more on...

Continuing our look at unusual New York mayoral correspondence...
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 7:25pm

Continuing our look at unusual New York mayoral correspondence (see the post about Mayor William Jay Gaynor), we have an exchange of letters between Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and writer, poet, and...

Shakespeare on Nassau StreetShakespeare has been in New York for...
Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:35am

Shakespeare on Nassau StreetShakespeare has been in New York for a long time. This is the March 5, 1750 announcement of New York’s first professional performance of a Shakespeare play: Richard III ...

No, the internet did not invent DIY publishing or long...
Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:20am

No, the internet did not invent DIY publishing or long rants. Way back in the 1850s, Vermont farmer James Johns was publishing a little hand-printed newspaper, and he wasn’t shy about where he...

Life at the TopLaura Rosen photographed New York City’s rooftop...
Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:12pm

Life at the TopLaura Rosen photographed New York City’s rooftop landscapes in the 1980s, revealing the landmarks and quiet oases that exist high above the city streets.Laura Rosen. 77 Water...

Make Good Coffee!These brewing methods may not be 100%...
Mon, 06/20/2016 - 9:28am

Make Good Coffee!These brewing methods may not be 100% barista-approved today, but modern coffee nerds can at least appreciate the careful instructions offered in this pamphlet from the...

Dreamland, Coney IslandDreamland opened to the beachgoing...
Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:43pm

Dreamland, Coney IslandDreamland opened to the beachgoing revelers of Coney Island in 1904. It set out to be bigger and more spectacular than its predecessors Steeplechase Park and Luna Park, but...

The Dutch Houses of BrooklynThe steep roofs and gently sloping...
Wed, 06/15/2016 - 10:51am

The Dutch Houses of BrooklynThe steep roofs and gently sloping overhangs of these farmhouse-style homes are a rare link to New York’s Dutch colonial past. Ten such houses have been designated as...

In a volume of transcriptions made from 17th and 18th century...
Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:05am

In a volume of transcriptions made from 17th and 18th century documents related to the Spanish colonization of America, there was a manuscript map that, while colorful and interesting, was in...

One of these photographs is of Time writers and editors. The...
Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:09am

One of these photographs is of Time writers and editors. The other is of Time researchers. Hmm…can you guess which is which? (Hint: not a lot of gender equality in 1948!)Portrait of Time reseachers...

Shakespeare’s First Folio is now on view here at the New-York...
Wed, 06/08/2016 - 7:12pm

Shakespeare’s First Folio is now on view here at the New-York Historical Society! Naturally, it’s got us looking back at some of the performers who brought Shakespeare’s work to life in New York...

Remembering D-DayDuring World War II, the U.S. military produced...
Mon, 06/06/2016 - 9:32am

Remembering D-DayDuring World War II, the U.S. military produced its own documentary photography. The first two of these images depicts pre-invasion exercises on the English coast, while the...

Organizations like the New York Committee of Vigilance, which...
Fri, 06/03/2016 - 11:10am

Organizations like the New York Committee of Vigilance, which provided escaped slaves with legal and material aid, were vital to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement in general....

Marblehead in the SummerDo you like yachts? Is the year roughly...
Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:07am

Marblehead in the SummerDo you like yachts? Is the year roughly 1900? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then you’re probably on your way to Marblehead, Massachusetts, this summer. If,...

Decoration DayMemorial Day was originally known in many places...
Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:12am

Decoration DayMemorial Day was originally known in many places as Decoration Day, which referred to the custom of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers. In the years following the Civil War,...

Sketches of New YorkEven its antebellum days, New York City had...
Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:00pm

Sketches of New YorkEven its antebellum days, New York City had some pretty colorful characters roaming its streets. Some of these social “types” were chronicled by publisher and engraver T. W....

Who’s a good dog? These are good dogs. And William Hassler was a...
Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:45pm

Who’s a good dog? These are good dogs. And William Hassler was a good photographer. William D. Hassler. Father Teizen and his dog Brownie; A Bellevue ambulance Dalmatian dog; William Gray Hassler...

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened after 14 years of...
Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:10pm

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened after 14 years of construction.  It’s been attracting photographers like George Hall ever since. George P. Hall. Brooklyn Bridge series. ca 1900. New-...

This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for...
Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:15am

This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for an exhibition scheduled to open in the fall. As a preliminary step, textile conservator Midori Sato and N-YHS Conservation...

To celebrate International Museum Day, we’re poking around in...
Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:27am

To celebrate International Museum Day, we’re poking around in this curious collection of geological and paleontological specimens with photographer George P. Hall.  Mr. Hall wasn’t entirely...

They don’t make skyscrapers like this anymore. In 1913 the...
Mon, 05/16/2016 - 8:35pm

They don’t make skyscrapers like this anymore. In 1913 the Woolworth Building was the tallest and arguably the most glamorous building in the world. Today it’s still one of the masterpieces of New...

Thinking of making a nice flower garland this weekend? Let...
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:35am

Thinking of making a nice flower garland this weekend? Let Harriet Hassler show you how it’s done.William D. Hassler. William Gray Hassler and Harriet E. Hassler in a field making flower garlands...

Stuyvesant’s New AmsterdamOn May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant...
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 9:45am

Stuyvesant’s New AmsterdamOn May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam, where he would serve as Director-General of New Netherland until 1664. This series of prints depicting New...

Welcome to the FreemasonsThe all-seeing eye, the scythe, the...
Mon, 05/09/2016 - 8:10pm

Welcome to the FreemasonsThe all-seeing eye, the scythe, the winged hourglass, Jacob’s ladder, the beehive,  the fasces…the symbology here goes on and on. This document, dated September 29, 1814...

In honor of Mother’s Day, let us enjoy that mini-genre of...
Sun, 05/08/2016 - 9:00am

In honor of Mother’s Day, let us enjoy that mini-genre of photography in which a mother tries to convince her little one to be still for just a moment while they have their portrait taken. William...

Trace paper drawings of the James A. Farley Post Office...
Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:39am

Trace paper drawings of the James A. Farley Post Office Building, which was designed by McKim, Mead, & White and built in 1912. The inscription on the facade reads, “Neither snow nor rain nor...
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