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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.
Model of the ship "Half Moon"

Model of the ship "Half Moon"


Beer mug

Beer mug

Stoneware beer mug with tan body and cobalt oxide decorative motifs, made for use at the Atlantic Garden....

Grooved axe

Grooved axe

War axe from Washington Heights.

Glass Globe Ballot Box

Glass Globe Ballot Box

Ballot box with glass globe in cast iron frame, also known as a Tweed voting bowl. Ballot boxes like...

Check issued to James Keese for services as Clerk to Special Commission on Riot Claims of Board of Supervisors

Check issued to James Keese for services as Clerk to Special Commission on Riot Claims of Board of Supervisors

To the County Treasurer of New York at the Broadway Bank, $150.00, No. 362, New York, February 1, 1864....

[William M. Tweed.]

[William M. Tweed.]


Tammany

Tammany

On verso of badge: Chicago. July 7, 1896. Democratic Emblem [around a star] State of New York.

Cane gold handle in form of tiger's head with enamel tongue and teeth, ruby eyes

Cane gold handle in form of tiger's head with enamel tongue and teeth, ruby eyes

Wooden cane with gold handle in the shape of a tiger's head, with mouth open to display enameled teeth...

[stock ticker]

[stock ticker]

Stock ticker used in the new york stock exchange 1867-1930

[Treasury certificate issued to Drexel, Morgan & Co., Morton, Bliss & Co. and Jay Cooke & Co.]

[Treasury certificate issued to Drexel, Morgan & Co., Morton, Bliss & Co. and Jay Cooke & Co.]

It is hereby certified that fifteen million five hundred thousand dollars have been deposited with the...

Piece of the Atlantic Telegraph cable

Piece of the Atlantic Telegraph cable


Pair of carriage boots in white brocaded silk with fur trim and pink ribbons

Pair of carriage boots in white brocaded silk with fur trim and pink ribbons

Pair of carriage boots, white brocaded silk trimmed with white fur and pink ribbons,

Crown Type Writer

Crown Type Writer

Typewriter and base with cover. Label: Crown Type Writer / National Meter Co. / 252 Broadway, New York....

Street Scenes - 1900, Sixth Ave. Near 18th St.

Street Scenes - 1900, Sixth Ave. Near 18th St.

The 6th Avenue entrance to Siegel Cooper Co. dry goods store at 18th Street. Well-dressed female pedestrians...

Mold for making cigars

Mold for making cigars


Mold for making cigars

Mold for making cigars


Mold for making cigars

Mold for making cigars


Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.

Bohemian cigar makers at work in their tenement.


Union Workers

Union Workers

Cigar box label.

[Labor Day Parade, Union Square.]

[Labor Day Parade, Union Square.]


Labor Leaders, Samuel Gompers, John Burns, Holmes.

Labor Leaders, Samuel Gompers, John Burns, Holmes.


Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.

Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.

Three children curled up on a metal grate in a below-grade areaway.

"Knee-pants" at forty five cents a dozen -- A Ludlow Street Sweater's Shop.

"Knee-pants" at forty five cents a dozen -- A Ludlow Street Sweater's Shop.


Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."

Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."


How the Other Half Lives

How the Other Half Lives


"The New Messiah or David Alroy"

"The New Messiah or David Alroy"

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der nayer moshiakh oder Dovid Alray". Inspired...

The Ghetto, New York.

The Ghetto, New York.


"Little Italy." -- The Morning Market.

"Little Italy." -- The Morning Market.


"Little Italy." -- Resting.

"Little Italy." -- Resting.


"Little Italy." -- In Mulberry Bend.

"Little Italy." -- In Mulberry Bend.


Chinese Theater

Chinese Theater

This painting depicts the interior of the Chinese Theater at 5-7 Doyers Street, which lasted from 1895-1910,...

Chinese News

Chinese News

Published daily at 454 West 34th Street. August 10, 1894.

Coney Island 1896 The Algerian Theatre.

Coney Island 1896 The Algerian Theatre.

Pedestrians outside of the Algerian Theater at Coney Island.

Helter-Skelter, Luna Park, Coney Island, N. Y.

Helter-Skelter, Luna Park, Coney Island, N. Y.


Top of Brooklyn Pier at Fifth Course Above Roadway

Top of Brooklyn Pier at Fifth Course Above Roadway


Wire brush

Wire brush

Used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Terracotta maquette for the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

This model was sold for $3.00 to raise funds for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Stamped on sculpture:...

The New Colossus

The New Colossus

November 2, 1883

The Colossal Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, Great Public Meeting

The Colossal Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, Great Public Meeting

November 28, 1882. Admit a gentleman and ladies.

[Lantern of the Statue of Liberty in Madison Square Park.]

[Lantern of the Statue of Liberty in Madison Square Park.]


Brooklyn Bridge/Statue of Liberty Souvenir Spoon

Brooklyn Bridge/Statue of Liberty Souvenir Spoon

Souvenir spoon with round bowl with a depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge and handle terminal in the form...

Dedication of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty October 28 -1886

Dedication of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty October 28 -1886

City of New-York - Guest.

Ceremonies Attending the Reception of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty

Ceremonies Attending the Reception of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty

June 15, 1885. Common Council invitation.

Mechanical Trolley Car

Mechanical Trolley Car


[Broadway -- North from 23rd St., Madison Square.]

[Broadway -- North from 23rd St., Madison Square.]

Broadway looking north from 23rd St. A streetcar is prominent in the foreground as is an African American...

The Narrows Ferry

The Narrows Ferry

Daily schedule from August 22 up to November 1, 1897.

Car destination sign from Third Avenue elevated train: 149th Street

Car destination sign from Third Avenue elevated train: 149th Street


Greatest New York

Greatest New York

H Wellge Sk. Copyright 1911 - The New York Times Company. Julius Bien Company, New York, Lith.

Panoramic View of New York City and Vicinity.

Panoramic View of New York City and Vicinity.


[Filing Section, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company]

[Filing Section, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company]


Delegate - First Democratic City Convention - Greater New York - Sept. 30th 1897

Delegate - First Democratic City Convention - Greater New York - Sept. 30th 1897

Democratic Emblem [around a star] State of New York.

Republican Worker - For Mayor, Benj. F. Tracy

Republican Worker - For Mayor, Benj. F. Tracy

Republican Emblem - Greater New York

For Mayor of Greater New York. Patrick J. Gleason

For Mayor of Greater New York. Patrick J. Gleason


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