The built environment, especially in so eclectic a place as New York City, has a way of hiding history in plain sight. With that in mind, if you have never noticed how many of the profiles of early 20th century buildings in New York retreat incrementally from the sidewalk as the building grows taller, then you may be surprised the next time you step outside.
Although there is an inherent aesthetic to this design, it is...Read More
Dreaming of warmer climes? All this snow has us wondering . . . where did 19th century New Yorkers travel to escape the winter blahs?
For those that could afford it, the Ward Line of steamships offered runs to Nassau, Cuba and Mexico, as advertised in this circa 1890's brochure:
Within 36 hours of leaving port, the Ward Line promised, "cold weather is left behind and the blue waters of the Gulf Stream lap with loving ripples...Read More
In 1931, the California State Park Commission presented this engrossed certificate in gratitude to Save the Redwoods League founders Henry Fairfield Osborn, Madison Grant and John C. Merriam. From all appearances, it's an attractive reminder of the achievements of the early conservation movement. What is less apparent is a darker link between the three founders and prevailing racial theories that would have particularly abhorrent implications in Nazi Germany.
According to the 1890 census, America had effectively...Read More
Museum & Library Map
Floor plan & visitor information
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024