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When New York Wanted To Secede

Most people think of New York as the center of all that is liberal and progressive in America, with strong, Dutch-instilled values of tolerance permeating the culture. However, New York is also a place of business, and before the Civil War that meant it dealt heavily with the business of slavery. In December 1860, South […]


Happy Labor Day! Now Get To The Beach

Though the weather will most likely continue to be warm, Labor Day really does feel like the end of summer. And what better way to celebrate the end of summer than to soak up every last minute of it on the beach? New York City is full of amazing beaches, and for decades New Yorkers […]

For Red-Tailed Hawks, Skyscrapers Are Just Cliffs

As we’ve mentioned before, John James Audubon often depicted the dark side of nature through birds of prey. His watercolor of two Red-Tailed Hawks shows two of the birds fighting over a fresh kill, a common sight in bird territory. However, many people assume that a bird’s habitat is a secluded forest or cliffside. Not […]

Smallpox and Shaping Society, Part 3

What does smallpox have to do with American history? According to David Rosner, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, advisor to the exhibition BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York, everything. In this three-part series, written by Rosner, we’ll take a look at […]

Kings of New York: Newsies In Musicals and Museums

What was life like for the Newsies of New York? Day to day these poor, often abandoned, sometimes immigrant children sold newspapers on New York City streets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, trying to earn enough to pay for a bed for the night just to start again the next morning. But eventually, these […]

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 […]

On World AIDS Day, Remembering Keith Haring

The New-York Historical Society is dedicated to teaching its visitors about the city’s and country’s past, which includes the HIV/AIDS pandemic that reached its peak in the 1990s, and unfortunately continues today. Today is World AIDS Day, a worldwide day of remembrance for those who have died, support for those who are suffering, and an […]

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 […]

The New-York Historical Society Hits Fifth Avenue

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 […]

Richard Haas’ Cityscapes

When the New-York Historical Society reopens in November, the 77th Street Rotunda will be adorned with four works from artist Richard Haas’ Cityscape cycle–paintings which depict a 360 degree view of New York City’s skyline. Originally displayed in the employee dining room of the Philip Morris headquarters in 1982, Haas tells us his goal was […]