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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.


Central Park has been a hub of skating in NYC for over 100 years. From ponds to rinks, it's hard to resist the urge to skate in one of the most epic parks in the world! (Ok, so maybe we're a bit biased 😉) We tell the story of NYC's love affair with skating in #NYonIce, now on view here at the Museum! ⛸
[MCNY, X2010.11.13389]

This weekend marks the 1-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March. A worldwide protest, marches in the United States drew over 4 million people to the streets, making it the largest single-day protest in US history. ✊🏼 ✊🏽 ✊🏾 ✊🏿 Not only is the Women's March featured in our #BeyondSuffrage exhibition, posters were added to our collection from the NYC march. Swipe ➡️ to see three posters now in our collection that represent a few of the issues participants were protesting.

1️⃣ Lotte Petricone, Resister. 2017. Museum of the City of New York. 2017.24.2
2️⃣ Jessica Hargreaves. We Grab Back. 2017. Museum of the City of New York, 2017.26.1
3️⃣ Lotte Petricone. Science is Real. 2017. Museum of the City of New York, 2017.24.1
#womensmarch #nychistory #activistny

We all know you can skate down a frozen river, but can you sail down one, too? ⛵️You can, if you have an iceboat outfitted with "skies" to glide across the ice! Racing iceboats was quite popular in the 19th century, with the Hudson River being one of the sport's hotspots. The first iceboat in America is actually attributed to a Hudson River racer: Oliver Booth in Poughkeepsie. This ca. 1873 Currier & Ives print is of the typical iceboat style with two fixed "skies" in the front and another at the back used for steering the boat. The sport still exists today, but it's dependent on rivers freezing over. Feels like that shouldn't be an issue this week in NYC, right? ❄️ 😳 [Credit: MCNY, 58.300.239] #hudsonriver #wintersports #newyorkhistory

Our #womancrushwedensday is @msladyjustice1, an organizer of the 2017 Women’s March, whose career in criminal justice reform has led her to be a co-founder of the Justice League NYC, and Executive Director of the Gathering for Justice. ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 Perez is featured in our #BeyondSuffrage exhibition for her leadership of the Women’s March, which marks its 1-year anniversary this weekend. #wcw #womenshistory #nychistory

It’s #StarlightSunday with this beautiful shot from @jillkettles! Keep on sparkling!✨

Today is opening day for #KinginNY. This #MartinLutherKingJr weekend, come and learn about the civil rights leader's encounters with NYC from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. Exhibition photographs capture historic speeches and sermons, conversations about race relations with the mayor, his relationships with other activists, and more. We're open 10am-6pm all weekend. #MLKDay
[Surrounded by supporters, advisors, and security personnel, Dr. King prepares for his speech at the United Nations. At left is NBC corrrespondent Ponchita Pierce, April 15, 1967. Photo by Benedict J. Fernandez, Museum of the City of New York, gift of Mr. Benedict J. Fernandez, 99.150.6; @benedictjfernandez_photography]

106 years ago this week, the Equitable Life Assurance Society building at Broadway and Cedar Streets erupted into 🔥 on a frigidly cold morning, turning almost instantly into an imposing façade of ice and fire. The 🐴-drawn fire trucks were quickly encrusted with ice, with 💦 from the fire hoses turning to ice almost as soon as it hit the air, and the firemen needing to be cracked out of their instant ice blankets before being able to do their work. The @nytimes described the scene as: “... it [the ice] settled over the building in a gleaming sheath of white that made the fire a wonderful thing to see. Ice converted the ruined building into a fantastic palace, with the rainbows arching at every turn as the sunlight filtered through the spray and smoke.”
The building (which had previously been praised as “fire-proof”) was completely destroyed, and a new Equitable building was completed a few years later down the block.
Wurts Bros. [Aftermath of the Equitable Fire.], Jan 12, 1912. MCNY, X2010.11.9141. #oldnewyork #vintagenewyork #nychistory #equitablefire

Happy Birthday 🎉 #AlexanderHamilton! It’s been a pleasure to have you grace our façade for the last 77 years, and we look forward to decades more! And wouldn’t you say that he is looking especially handsome in a sharp 🧣 after his recent cleaning at the conservator’s? We think so! 😆
#amexpreserves #MCNYstatues

Our #wcw is Olga A. Méndez, the first Puerto Rican woman in the nation to be elected to a state legislature! From East Harlem and featured in #BeyondSuffrage, she joined the New York State Senate in 1978, and she went on to be a vocal advocate for women’s rights, pushing legislation to improve women’s healthcare and rape crisis prevention. ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏻 Learn more about Méndez and other pioneering New York women in our exhibition, “Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in Politics.”

Discover the legendary civil rights leader's connection to NYC in "King in New York." Opening Jan 13th. #KinginNY

Happy #StarlightSunday ✨ with this beautiful shot from @lapetitedemoiselle! Stay warm with us today - we’re open 10am-6pm!

Anyone else feel like they’re living in a snow globe today? The wind is whipping across our terrace, swirling ❄️ around Mark di Suvero’s “Post-Matisse Pullout.”

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