It's easy to assume the women of high society in the Gilded Age did nothing more than sip champagne and attend parties with the rest of Mrs. Astor's 400. But not every woman who counted herself among New York's elite was content to just sit back and enjoy the party. Edith Hope Goddard was one woman who wouldn't let her social status define her.
Goddard was an avid sailor and golfer, once defeating Russian Grand Duke Michael in a...Read More
Yikes! This aggressive-looking machine is patented under the name “Lightning” and is cold to the touch. Because it’s made from cast iron, when you lift it, its weight drags your whole body down and turns your arm to pudding. It has four gears; each is a different size, and each is necessary. When activated, these gears grind, whip, and spin a single two-pronged fork against a sharpened, diagonally suspended knife.
But the Lightning is not a...Read More
The hectic demeanor of Fifth Avenue, especially as holiday shopping season rounds the bend, would rarely be compared to the quiet, contemplative environment of a museum. But if you’re walking around Midtown check out Bergdorf Goodman’s windows for a hint of history amongst the street’s craze. Bergdorf Goodman is honoring the reopening of the New-York Historical Society with a stunning window, featuring thirty-two portraits of American historical figures reproduced from our collection, including those of...Read More
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New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024