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Where Was New York International Airport?

On July 31, 1948, New York International Airport was dedicated. You may be wondering what that is, considering that none of the airports that serve the New York City metropolitan area are called that. Well, before it was called JFK, and even before it was called Idlewild, the airport was dedicated as the New York International […]


Before Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Jennings

Most American students learn about Rosa Parks, the African American civil rights activist who was famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955. A few learn of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who was arrested for the same crime earlier that same year in Montgomery, Alabama, and whose testimony in Browder […]

Let’s Be Thankful May Day Doesn’t Exist Anymore

Can you imagine the chaos in New York City if everyone’s leases expired on the same day, forcing everyone into the streets with all their belongings, jostling to find new apartments? Well, it happened, and it sounds like a nightmare. It used to be that on February 1, landlords would notify their tenants of what […]

Video: Honoring 9/11 By Preserving Its Memory

On September 11, 2001, most New Yorkers were not focused on the bigger picture of that day. They were walking home through crowded streets, finding their loved ones, and possibly reflecting on the irony of the beautiful weather. But others knew that years from then people would be looking back, wondering what that day felt […]

Keith Haring Creates for Kids!

Keith Haring and his art dealt with some very adult topics: AIDS, drugs, and Apartheid to name a few. But there was always whimsy in Haring’s work, which became even more evident as he turned his artistic attention toward children. “There is nothing that makes me happier than making a child smile,” noted Haring in a […]

Video: A Concierge’s Look At The New-York Historical Society

Travel gurus GloboMaestro recently visited the New-York Historical Society, and it looks like they had a great time! Check out their video below, and tell us, what’s your favorite object at the New-York Historical Society?

The Horror of Smallpox! Disease and Film Noir

Diamond smuggling! Disease! Murder! These and more are the subject of the 1950 film noir The Killer That Stalked New York. The film follows Shelia Bennet, one of a diamond-smuggling couple who contracts the deadly disease in Cuba, and brings it to the city, slowly infecting everyone she encounters. Smallpox cases start popping up around […]

Seeing Howard Thain’s Message Reflected In Film

What does New York City look like to a newcomer? For artist Howard Thain, who moved to New York from Texas in 1919, it seemed a place filled with opportunity, which was at once inspiring and daunting. His art captures the excitement, movement and terror that swirl through the city, which challenge every citizen to […]

Think You Know Your NYC Trivia? Test It With Us!

If there’s one thing New Yorkers enjoy it’s one-upping each other with obscure facts about New York. Ok, maybe that’s just us, but if the popularity of the New-York Historical Society’s new video series with NYC Media is any indication, there are at least a few other people on board. New-York Historical has produced a […]