Have You Seen What’s Going On At Governors Island?
August 1, 2013

Governors Island, situated right off Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel, has played an important part in New York’s military history. During the American Revolution, canons on the island protected the East River. During the Civil War, Castle Williams and Fort Jay held Confederate prisoners of war. In 1966, it became a National Coast Guard base. And throughout,…

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More Of Your WWII Stories
April 25, 2013

At the end of WWII & NYC, there is a phone booth labeled “Talk to Us,” where visitors have been leaving their comments, questions, and personal stories of World War II. We’ve featured some of the stories here before, but amazing tales just keep coming! WWII & NYC closes on May 27, so if you haven’t already,…

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Duke Ellington Wants You To Buy War Bonds
April 4, 2013

In April 1945 VE Day was on the horizon, but victory in the Pacific was still a ways away. In an effort to keep the American public buying War Bonds after victory in Europe, the US Treasury Department set up the “Mighty Seventh War Loan” drive. The slogan “Now—all together” as well as the central theme…

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Jacob Lawrence And WWII Integration
February 28, 2013

In 1943 America was deep into WWII oversees, but was also fighting a battle of inequality. The “Double V” campaign waged by many African Americans insisted that if they were to be fighting for their country abroad, they deserved equal rights at home. The Red Cross was segregating blood, and troops were not allowed to…

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From WWII to Hurricane Sandy: New-York Historical’s Public Service
February 14, 2013

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, New York mobilized for war, and the New-York Historical Society was no exception. As the city braced for possible enemy attack, the New-York Historical Society took precautions to protect the collection as its staff members departed for the Armed Forces and defense factories. Nine New-York Historical Society staff members…

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No Matter The Reason, Celebration In Times Square
December 27, 2012

In a few days, thousands of people will brave the cold to ring in the new year in Times Square. The ball will drop, confetti will go up, couples will kiss, and there may be a celebratory drink or two. The mood in Times Square was much the same on VJ Day, which brought an…

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Your Stories of World War II
December 20, 2012

At the end of WWII & NYC, there is a phone booth labeled “Talk to Us,” where visitors have been leaving their comments, questions, and personal stories of World War II. Some remember what it was like to serve, others what it was like to hide under their desks at school during air raids, but…

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Protect Our Brassieres! WWII’s War On Lingerie
November 1, 2012

  When World War II broke out, men and women were both expected to give their all to support the war effort. For many women, that meant joining the ranks of the WAVES or becoming a defense worker. Women all over the country went to work building planes, ships, and other supplies for the men…

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Mayor Ed Koch Speaks At WWII & NYC Opening Reception
October 11, 2012

On October 2, former NYC Mayor Edward I. Koch (now of bridge fame) spoke at the opening reception for WWII & NYC.  Having served in WWII, he recounted his memories of the war, and reminded the audience of the great, shared sacrifice thousands of Americans made. Below is his speech. I was 19 when I…

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