Movers and Shakers

This phrase describes many illustrious individuals documented in N-YHS’s collections — but perhaps none so literally as John Y. Culyer, who in 1867 designed a machine for moving sizeable trees to more suitable positions during the construction of Prospect Park.

A Piece of High Line History

With the opening of the next section of the High Line this week we are reminded of the incredible transformation of the High Line from an abandoned relic of 20th Century transportation history to a restorative piece of the urban landscape. There are many sidebars to the story, but perhaps one of the more ironic is that the High Line itself began as part of a project jeopardizing the Upper West Side’s very own Riverside Park.

Library Closing For the Summer

Yes, sometimes even the best spaces need a little sprucing up!  Please note that our library is officially closed for the summer for renovation and will re-open to the public on Saturday, September 10th.  Until then, continue to follow the library collections on our blog.

The Tiffany Girls and the Bomb-Sniffing Dog

Could Tiffany lamps be a national security threat? That's what seemed to be the case when transporting A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls home to America from Germany. "The bomb sniffing dogs alerted on one of the crates," said co-curator Margaret K. Hofer. "There a big ruckus and the crates had to be opened.

Happy Mother’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here is one of my personal favorites from the Bella Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera:

Paul Gillespie’s New York World’s Fair Collection

Just in time for the 72nd anniversary of New York’s 1939 World’s Fair — which opened on April 30th, 1939 — the New-York Historical Society has received

The brier and bramble

The variability and just plain depressing weather of late here in New York is probably trying everyone’s patience.


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