On July 25, 1953, New York City's subway fare was raised to 15 cents. Instead of making subway riders have three nickels each time, the city introduced the subway token, which became a symbol of the city until it was phased out for the MetroCard in 2003.
The initial subway token design featured the initials NYC in the center, with the Y cut out. This design was used until 1979, when, to commemorate the 75th anniversary...Read More
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, which means it's officially beach season! The New York City parks department maintains 14 miles of beaches, which New Yorkers have been using to cool themselves from the city heat (or enjoy some amusement park rides) for many years. Many of these beach scenes are from almost 100 years ago, but we bet opening weekend won't look much different!
Below is a scene outside of Curley's Hotel, an extremely popular...Read More
This week we sat down with Dean and Associate Professor of Art History at The New School Laura Auricchio who recently published a groundbreaking biography on the French Founding Father, The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered. Her book traces the French aristocrat’s life, from his tumultuous childhood overshadowed by the untimely death of his father through his formative adolescence that he devoted to the American Revolution, and finally his later years. To learn more about this seminal...Read More
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New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024