New-York Historical Society

Ethel Barrymore was born on August 15, 1879 in Philadelphia. As...
Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:08am

Ethel Barrymore was born on August 15, 1879 in Philadelphia. As a girl she dreamed of being a concert pianist, but she was barely a teenager when she had to leave school to join her family on stage....

The oldest printed book in our collection is Pope Gregory...
Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:02am

The oldest printed book in our collection is Pope Gregory I’s Moralia printed in Basel in 1496. How did we end up with it? In short, it was a gift to the city from a French ventriloquist. Read the...

The 1880s: George Post’s Produce Exchange building signals the...
Wed, 08/08/2018 - 2:08pm

The 1880s: George Post’s Produce Exchange building signals the arrival of metal frame construction, which means that skyscrapers are coming to New York. The 1980s: Skyscrapers might be getting out...

The 1680s: “You are in His MEJESTY’s [sic] Name Required,...
Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:08am

The 1680s: “You are in His MEJESTY’s [sic] Name Required, sometime in the Month of August next ensuing, to make a List of all the male Persons in the same town…”The 1780s: “GREAT BRITAIN...

In 1927 an ornate pair of high-rise apartment hotels appeared on...
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:18am

In 1927 an ornate pair of high-rise apartment hotels appeared on the southeastern corner of Central Park. Standing on opposite sides of 59th Street, they seemed to complement each other. The Sherry...

Before he was known for his photography, Bill Cunningham was...
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:07am

Before he was known for his photography, Bill Cunningham was making inventive hats under the moniker William J. In scrapbooks from the 1950s and 1960s, he chronicled his career in millinery with...

The first scientific work published in Cuba was Antonio Parra’s...
Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:01am

The first scientific work published in Cuba was Antonio Parra’s 1787 book, which focused primarily on aquatic animals found near the island. While Parra lacked formal academic training, the...

Coffee, the beautiful plant of the warm, luxurious Southland;...
Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:01pm

Coffee, the beautiful plant of the warm, luxurious Southland; coffee that is so indomitable that it bears leaf and flower and fruit at the one time; coffee, the delectable beverage that carries...

The competition was fierce at William Carey Camp, where young...
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:17am

The competition was fierce at William Carey Camp, where young members of the Boys’ Club of New York enjoyed all kinds of games in the Long Island sunshine. The camp was established in 1902 as a...

The wood planks of the Coney Island Boardwalk were designed to...
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:26am

The wood planks of the Coney Island Boardwalk were designed to accommodate two kinds of traffic: pedestrian and rolling chair. The sections with diagonal planks forming a chevron pattern were...

The cultivation and general appreciation of strawberries...
Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:11am

The cultivation and general appreciation of strawberries increased greatly during the 19th century as culinary fashion and improved shipping methods brought the berry to kitchens and gardens...

From California, to the New York island…“Redwood Hwy...
Wed, 07/04/2018 - 9:45am

From California, to the New York island…“Redwood Hwy 1821″ and “View of Park Avenue, Taken from N.Y. Central Bldg”. circa 1930s. Postcard File. New-York Historical Society. 

Orchard Beach, 1912George Stonebridge. Bathers on the beach;...
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:25pm

Orchard Beach, 1912George Stonebridge. Bathers on the beach; Boats on the sound; Breakers off Long Island Sound. glass negatives. New-York Historical Society.

The conflict between nationalist and communist China was...
Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:02am

The conflict between nationalist and communist China was difficult to navigate for Henry Luce, the founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc.’s influential publications. Luce was born in China and...

Ahead of the New York City Pride March this weekend, here is a...
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:48pm

Ahead of the New York City Pride March this weekend, here is a look back at the event from a few decades ago. The 19th Gay and Lesbian Pride March took place June 26, 1988. Along with the...

Our new exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham documents the...
Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:02am

Our new exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham documents the career of the influential fashion photographer with a wide range of material that includes video, scrapbooks, and of course photographs...

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag at 239 Arch...
Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:07am

Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag at 239 Arch Street in 1776? Probably not, but by the end of the 19th century, plenty of people believed that she did. The legend of Betsy Ross,...

The botanical specimens pressed within Rufus King’s copy of...
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:28am

The botanical specimens pressed within Rufus King’s copy of Arbustrum Americanum are a reminder of the personal histories that books carry with them. Plant matter, however, is something of a...

Happy National Best Friends Day! (This is a day for dogs,...
Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:16am

Happy National Best Friends Day! (This is a day for dogs, right?)William Hassler.  Barefoot boy [William Gray Hassler?] plays with dog on the shore of a river or lake. circa 1910. New-York...

From Battery Park, at the edge of New York Harbor, you can look...
Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:08am

From Battery Park, at the edge of New York Harbor, you can look out toward the Statue of Liberty as the sculpture of Giovanni da Verrazzano once did before it was removed, restored, and finally...

Walt Whitman, born May 31, 1819 on Long Island, was always...
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:44am

Walt Whitman, born May 31, 1819 on Long Island, was always redefining what poetry was and could be. The fragment attached to the portrait above is thought to belong to a draft of his essay “The...

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled on Memorial Day...
Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:08am

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled on Memorial Day in 1902. Prior to the dedication ceremony, more than 10,000 people, including many Union Army veterans, paraded through Manhattan from...

If you’re about to go door-to-door selling HBO and cable...
Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:28am

If you’re about to go door-to-door selling HBO and cable television subscriptions, you need to have your facts straight. You need to be able to answer questions like “How are the programs...

Success was a full-rigged ship built in 1840 and turned into a...
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:15am

Success was a full-rigged ship built in 1840 and turned into a traveling exhibition a half decade later. Its owners claimed it was a legendary convict ship that transported thousands of...

In May 1954, the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street was home to...
Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:38am

In May 1954, the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street was home to the “Festival of Color,” a public demonstration of color television. Crowds gathered to see live color telecasts of NBC programs shown...

In 1955, a young George Kalinsky went with his father to see a...
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:12am

In 1955, a young George Kalinsky went with his father to see a World Series game at Yankee Stadium. While there, he took a poignant photograph of the Brooklyn Dodgers lined up for the national...

To celebrate Mother’s Day, please look directly into the eye of...
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 10:09am

To celebrate Mother’s Day, please look directly into the eye of Mother Bulldog and think about what you’ve done. William Hassler. Mother bulldog and three puppies posed in an armchair with a Union...

Get ready for 66,000 images documenting the construction of New...
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:27am

Get ready for 66,000 images documenting the construction of New York City’s subway system!We have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize our Subway...

When the whole squad loves spring :)Robert Bracklow. Group under...
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 9:48am

When the whole squad loves spring :)Robert Bracklow. Group under flowering trees, Kingsbridge, Bronx. 1897. New-York Historical Society.

On April 30, 1939, New York City welcomed the world to Flushing...
Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:03am

On April 30, 1939, New York City welcomed the world to Flushing Meadows Park for the futuristic New York World’s Fair. This souvenir booklet expresses some of the exposition’s ambition with...
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