November 19, 1887: New York City native and poet Emma Lazarus,...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 9:56am

November 19, 1887: New York City native and poet Emma Lazarus, best remembered for “The New Colossus,” her sonnet to the Statue of Liberty ending with the famous line “I lift my lamp beside the...

November 14, 1832: New York City’s first horse-drawn...
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

November 14, 1832: New York City’s first horse-drawn streetcar line, the New York and Harlem Railroad, begins service along the Bowery between Prince and 14th Streets for a fare of $.25. The corner...

November 10, 1791: The City Council appoints two fire wardens...
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 10:27am

November 10, 1791: The City Council appoints two fire wardens for each ward.  Sculpture of Fire Chief Harry Howard, ca.1857. New-York Historical Society, 1937.328

November 3, 1900: The first National Automobile Show opens at...
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 2:53pm

November 3, 1900: The first National Automobile Show opens at Madison Square Garden, a venue designed by architect Stanford White. Madison Square Garden, 1900. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York...

Good luck to all those running in the New York City Marathon...
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:01am

Good luck to all those running in the New York City Marathon today! Red Grooms, On your Mark, Get Set, Go!, 2002. Color lithograph. New-York Historical Society # 76266

October 31, 1754: King’s College (today known as Columbia...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 1:57pm

October 31, 1754: King’s College (today known as Columbia University) received its charter.   View of Columbia College in the City of New York. Reproduction of the original engraving from The New-...

Unidentified group of people in Halloween costumes, October 31,...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:50am

Unidentified group of people in Halloween costumes, October 31, 1916. Photographed for Mrs. Reiser. New-York Historical Society Library

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween with some history this...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween with some history this Friday night. You can tell them how scary 1980’s fashion was… Village Halloween Parade, 1987. New-York Historical Society, PR 267, Erika...

October 29, 1929: The stock market crashes, sending the world...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:15am

October 29, 1929: The stock market crashes, sending the world economy spiraling into Depression.  Self-winding stock ticker, 1923. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the Western Union Telegraph Co...

October 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated and soon...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 3:21pm

October 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated and soon becomes one of the best known symbols of New York and the entire United States. This model is on view in Chinese American: Exclusion/...

Children at the Henrietta School celebrate Halloween, 1920s....
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:00am

Children at the Henrietta School celebrate Halloween, 1920s. New-York Historical Society, The Victor Remer Historical Archives of The Children’s Aid Society in New York, MS 111. Photo by A. Tennyson...

October 22, 1883: The Metropolitan Opera has its opening...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 8:15am

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 - 10:19am

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 - 10:03am

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 - 3:35pm

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 - 9:05am

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 - 12:21pm

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 - 2:54pm

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 - 10:18am

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 - 7:58pm

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...

Ken C. Hamilton, Dust Covered Transit Police, 2001. New-York...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:46am

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 - 8:55am

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 - 8:01pm

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 - 4:06pm

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 - 6:15am

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 - 11:45am

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 - 11:05am

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 - 9:10am

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 - 1:45pm

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 - 1:01pm

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 - 9:01am

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 - 3:36pm

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 - 9:00am

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 - 8:01am

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 - 8:01pm

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 - 2:56pm

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 - 6:15am

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 - 3:06pm

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 - 10:15am

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 - 9:37am

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 - 1:27pm

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...
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