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Museum of the City of New York  Connecting the past, present, and future of New York City. Open daily from 10-6. #KubrickPhotos #GermCity #RebelWomenNY #InteriorLives #ActivistNY

Currently on view as part of our #ActivistNY exhibition, this flyer shows how the movement against the Vietnam War in New York City intersected with struggles for economic justice and racial equality. ✊🏽✊🏻✊🏾 Antiwar activists of color emphasized that the war hurt their communities, which sent a higher percentage of young men to serve in combat in Vietnam and took away resources for education and employment. NYC Mayor John Lindsay (mentioned on the flyer) also opposed the war, in part for the same reason—that it detracted from resources for social programs in the U.S.
Learn more about activism against the Vietnam War in New York City from 1965 to 1975 in #ActivistNY, now on view.

Opening next week: our exhibition on Corduroy author Don Freeman's long career as an artist documenting New York City. 🎨 🌃 "A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman's New York" presents the gamut of Freeman's work, from his depictions of ordinary New Yorkers in 1930s NYC, to his illustrations of Broadway behind-the-scenes, to his children's books that have been delighting families for generations. Come and visit #CityforCorduroy starting Nov 21! 🐻
Don Freeman. Home to Harlem, ca. 1928, Museum of the City of New York.

The OG Milk Bar. And they delivered!

Bronx-born Sheffield Farms was one of the largest dairy companies in the world in the early 1900s, working with 450,000 New York State cows at the company's peak in 1922. 🐮As milk came to be accepted as not just being for kids, dairy bars like this one started to pop up in the city in the 1930s and '40s—the perfect healthy option for a New Yorker's midtown lunch. 🥛🥪
The beloved NYC milk bar of today, @milkbarstore, is less about a healthy lunch and more about a delicious "cereal milk" soft serve treat. 🍦😋

First snow in NYC. ❤️

Imagine your wedding at the Museum with some ✨ & Central Park! These shots by @citylovephotog of Rebecca + Evan's summer wedding are just 👌. Celebrate your wedding day with us! 👰 [link in bio for more info]

Few 19th-century women took as many risks as Nellie Bly. 💪When she moved to New York City to pursue her career in journalism, her first assignment with the New York World was to get voluntarily committed to the Women's Lunatic Asylum at Blackwell's Island. ✍️Her resulting exposé revealed disturbing conditions at the facility, sparking an investigation and reforms, and launching the field of investigative journalism.
Bly made headlines again when she embarked on a solo trip around the world. When she pitched this journey to a newspaper, she was told that "no one but a man can do this." 😠Her response? "Very well. Start the man, and I'll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him." A woman of her word, she accomplished her around-the-world trip in a record 72 days. 🌍 🏆
Learn more about Bly and other boundary-smashing Victorian-era women in "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism," now on view. #RebelWomenNY

Just added to the Museum's collection: photographs by Ruben Natal-San Miguel taken mostly in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Born in Puerto Rico, Ruben moved to New York City in 1993 and began his career as a financial controller on Wall Street. After the September 11 attacks, his priorities shifted, and he began photographing the neighborhoods and people of his community. Ruben says that he always asks permission before taking someone's picture, noting: "I like to create environmental portraits in which the people are most comfortable without any pretense and pressure—the most real and comfortable setting. I never stage my portraits, they are created on the spot at that moment." It's an honor to add his work to our collection, and to capture more contemporary stories of New Yorkers.

Can you name this building? 🤔It's NYC's oldest "modern" building with eight miles of glass windows.
We have even more questions ready for you for our Ultimate NYC Trivia night on 11/13! Register via the link in our bio to put your trivia chops to the test!

Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day that World War I ended and the date that #VeteransDay is recognized in the United States. There were impromptu gatherings across the city on that day, including on Wall Street where thousands of New Yorkers gathered to celebrate the end of four years of bloodshed. The city would gather together again several times in the coming year to welcome home returning troops with enormous parades and a brand new (temporary) "Victory Arch" at Madison Square Park (swipe 👉 to see the parade for the homecoming of the 27th Division in March 1919). 🇺🇸

The iconic Phantom mask has been reimagined! In honor of Phantom of the Opera's 30th year on Broadway, 30 designers (including @nicolemillernyc 👉) created their own interpretation of Phantom's mask. All 30 are on display here at the Museum for the month of November, thanks to the support of @BankofAmerica. Plan your visit before November whizzes by! #PhantomFashion30 @phantombway

For the men and women on the home front during WWI and WWII, joining the civil defense was a way to contribute to the war effort and help protect the country from attack. Formed during WWI, the Council of National Defense was suspended at the war's end, only to be reactivated by President Roosevelt during WWII with the creation of the Office of Civilian Defense headed by NYC Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Volunteers were trained to fight fires (like in image #1), spot aircraft, oversee message rooms (image #3), administer first aid, and more. 🚒 🏥 Unlike at the end of WWI, civil defense activities continued after WWII and helped lay the foundation for civil defense work and education during the Cold War. #StoriesofService

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