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New York at its Core


New York at Its Core occupies the entire first floor of our landmark building, and explores the history of New York since its founding through key themes of money, diversity, density, and creativity. Visitors can now investigate the qualities that make this city a subject of fascination and a magnet for people the world over, giving them a place to discover the past, present, and future of one of history’s greatest metropolises.
Paint cup

Paint cup

Archaeological stone implements from Manhattan.

Grooved axe

Grooved axe

War axe from Washington Heights.

Paint cup

Paint cup

Archaeological stone implement from Manhattan.

Model of the ship "Half Moon"

Model of the ship "Half Moon"


Fragment

Fragment

From the site of a wampum factory in New Jersey.

Flaked drill point

Flaked drill point

Archeological stone implement from Manhattan.

Fragment

Fragment

From the site of a wampum factory in New Jersey.

Van Nieuw Engelandt. t' Fort nieuw Amsterdam op de Manhatans

Van Nieuw Engelandt. t' Fort nieuw Amsterdam op de Manhatans

Printed in the book published by Joost Hartgers, "Beschrijvinghe van Virginia, Nieuw Nederlandt, Nieuw...

Deed between Asser Levy and Jacob Young

Deed between Asser Levy and Jacob Young

September 5, 1677

Bowne House, Erected 1655 Flushing L.I.

Bowne House, Erected 1655 Flushing L.I.


The New-York Chronicle

The New-York Chronicle

Open to all parties, and influenced by none. From Thursday, June 8, to Thursday, June 15, 1769. No. 7...

Account book of Peter Elting (Petrus Eltinge)

Account book of Peter Elting (Petrus Eltinge)


Ankle cuff

Ankle cuff

Ankle cuff for chaining found at Hanover Square archaeological site.

[Hendrick I. Lott House.]

[Hendrick I. Lott House.]


Coffee Pot

Coffee Pot

Silver coffee pot with inverted pear-shaped body on circular splayed, molded foot, cast curved spout...

Reverend Gershom Mendes Seixas

Reverend Gershom Mendes Seixas


Sugar Scissors

Sugar Scissors

Scissors-shaped sugar tongs with round, spoon ends and V-shaped drops. Inscription: Engraved on one bowl:...

Sugar Tongs

Sugar Tongs

Scissor-type sugar tongs, two cast arms with fan-shape grips connected by a circular flat pivot hinge,...

Sugar Tongs

Sugar Tongs

Sugar tongs with curved bow continuing to tapered arms with bright-cut borders and oval bowls. | Mark:...

Beaker

Beaker

Silver beaker with round tapered sides, two incised lines under the lip, slightly splayed round foot...

A Plan of the City and Environs of New York as they were in the years 1742, 1743 and 1744. Drawn by D.G. in the 76th year of his age who had at this time a perfect & correct recollection of every part

A Plan of the City and Environs of New York as they were in the years 1742, 1743 and 1744. Drawn by D.G. in the 76th year of his age who had at this time a perfect & correct recollection of every part

Copied from an Original Drawing by David Grim in the Possession of the New - York Historical Society...

Fire bucket

Fire bucket

Leather fire bucket, painted red with an image of an eagle and a shield containing a crossed saw and...

Fire Bucket

Fire Bucket

Leather fire bucket with name and addresses of Lawrence Proudfoot. Painted on front: L. Proudfoot / 73...

These are to Certify that Peter Thompson is pursuant to Law nominated and appointed one of the Firemen of the City of New York. July 5, 1787.

These are to Certify that Peter Thompson is pursuant to Law nominated and appointed one of the Firemen of the City of New York. July 5, 1787.

July 2, 1787

Jug

Jug

Salt-glazed stoneware "Evacuation Day Jug" with gray body, interior ochre slip, ovoid body with short...

This is to Certify, That the Bearer hereof George Elliga Moore being a Free Negro, has the Commandant's Permission to pass from this Garrison to whatever Place he may think proper.

This is to Certify, That the Bearer hereof George Elliga Moore being a Free Negro, has the Commandant's Permission to pass from this Garrison to whatever Place he may think proper.

This is to Certify, to whomsoever it may concern, That the Bearer hereof George Elliga Moore being a...

Key

Key

Key to a sugar house prison.

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton


One Dollar. The City Trust.

One Dollar. The City Trust.

The City Trust & Banking Company will pay One Dollar on demand to the bearer six months after date. |...

Bull's Head Bank of the City of New York

Bull's Head Bank of the City of New York

This will pay to the bearer one dollar.

Wall St [Wall Street from No. 30 to No. 46]

Wall St [Wall Street from No. 30 to No. 46]

Tallis Views of New York.

Wall Street

Wall Street

A. Tallis Engraver for Tallis Views of New York.

Certificate of the ability of Cato to get his Living [Deed of manumission.]

Certificate of the ability of Cato to get his Living [Deed of manumission.]

We the [...] overseers of the poor of the Town of Jamaica in Queens County do herby certify that a Negro...

Winter Scene in Brooklyn, New York, 1817-1820

Winter Scene in Brooklyn, New York, 1817-1820

Painted by Louisa Ann Coleman in 1853 after the original painting by Francis Guy.

Erie Canal Barge, Empire of Troy

Erie Canal Barge, Empire of Troy


Celebration on the Completion of the Erie Canal

Celebration on the Completion of the Erie Canal

Meet at City Hall on Friday, November 4, 1825, and proceed in the steam boat to Sandy Hook. Invitation...

The Charcoal Cart

The Charcoal Cart

From the series "Street Cries of New York."

Union of Erie with the Atlantic

Union of Erie with the Atlantic

Grand Canal Celebration medal; silver, with original "curious" wooden box made by turner Daniel Karr...

Handcartman's license

Handcartman's license

Handcartman's license in crescent gorget form shaped from sheet silver, with pierced eyelets at upper...

View of 2d. Ave. Looking Up From 42d Street - 1861

View of 2d. Ave. Looking Up From 42d Street - 1861


[Madison Avenue and 55th Street, showing street construction.]

[Madison Avenue and 55th Street, showing street construction.]


Traveling medicine case

Traveling medicine case

A: Wooden case with compartments and drawers containing bottles and powdered medicines. B: Catalogue,...

Section of wooden water main

Section of wooden water main

Section cut from a length of an old wooden water main laid in New York City by the Manhattan Company...

Cholera. Health Reporter

Cholera. Health Reporter

Published daily, Wednesday, July 18, 1832, 1 o'clock. The Board of Health reports 138 cases of cholera...

[Croton Aqueduct at Harlem River]

[Croton Aqueduct at Harlem River]

Study for plate XIX "Croton Aqueduct at Harlem River," in F. B. Tower, Illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct...

Field Drafting Set

Field Drafting Set

Field drafting set once owned by Calvert Vaux comprising leather case, pencil, metal dividers and wood...

Gardener's Lodge (Battle Hill), Greenwood Cemetery, in 1840.

Gardener's Lodge (Battle Hill), Greenwood Cemetery, in 1840.


Green-Wood Cemetery.

Green-Wood Cemetery.

Admit one family, (except on Sundays & Holidays.)

[Surveying Prospect Park.]

[Surveying Prospect Park.]


The Hot Corn Seller

The Hot Corn Seller

This character is one from a series by Nicolino Calyo entitled "Street Cries of New York" of watercolor...

Full-rigged ship model

Full-rigged ship model

Attributed to William McFee.

Dens of Death.

Dens of Death.

"Old picture taken for the Board of Health in 1872, 'Dens of Death' in the Mulberry Bend, (at the old...

Tea cup

Tea cup

Children's porcelain tea cup. This cup was found at Feature O, a stone-lined privy that contained trash...

Toy marble

Toy marble

This marble was found at context #247, Feature O, a stone-lined privy that contained trash belonging...

Anthropomorphic clay pipe

Anthropomorphic clay pipe

Anthropomorphic ball clay pipe molded into the form of a classical mythological figure, possibly a Greek...

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