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Explore New York’s past through over 135,000 images and objects from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York
Mel Rosenthal

Mel Rosenthal



In the 1970s, inner cities all over the United States were disintegrating. One of the areas worst hit was the South Bronx, which was being burnt down at a staggering rate. During this period photographer Mel Rosenthal (1940-) worked in a neighborhood of the Bronx...

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Don Freeman

Don Freeman



Don Freeman (1908-1978) was born in San Diego, California but came to New York in 1928 to study at the Art Students League. He was a student under John Sloan and Harry Wickey, both associated with the Ash Can school, and went on to have a successful career as a...

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Edmund V. Gillon

Edmund V. Gillon



These photographs by Edmund V. Gillon (1929-2008) are a recent addition to the Museum's Photography collection. Gillon is best known for more than a dozen books on New York City for the Dover Publishing Company. The bulk of the collection is architectural in nature,...

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J. Clarence Davies collection

J. Clarence Davies collection



Bronx real estate mogul J. Clarence Davies (1868-1934) assembled his collection of New York City imagery over a forty year period, collecting voraciously and comprehensively. In 1929 he gave his collection to the City Museum. At the time, the gift was valued at...

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Baumgarten Interiors

Baumgarten Interiors



This collection documents the interior design work of William Baumgarten & Co. Originally a cabinetmaker, Baumgarten served as the head of the Herter Brothers firm before establishing his own interior design firm. The photographs here document both residential...

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Jacob A. Riis

Jacob A. Riis



Danish-born Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a social reformer and photojournalist. He is best known for his 1890 book How the Other Half Lives, which brought public attention to New York's squalid housing, sweatshops, bars, and alleys. The City Museum holds the complete...

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