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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
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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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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Yiddish Theater

Yiddish Theater



The City Museum holds a major collection related to theatrical productions performed or originated on New York's Yiddish stage. Highlights include works translated into Yiddish and performances of works originally written in Yiddish but translated into English....

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Arthur Rothstein

Arthur Rothstein



Arthur Rothstein joined LOOK Magazine as a staff photographer in 1940 and, upon returning from serving in World War II, was named the Director of Photography, a position he held until the magazine’s demise in 1971. Before joining LOOK, Rothstein cemented his reputation...

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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...

J. Clarence Davies collection

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