The New-York Historical Society offers a variety of exceptional group tours of our special exhibitions. Now individuals also can enjoy an in-depth exploration of the exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York with one of our curator-trained docents. For one low price you will receive a tour ticket and all-day museum admission!
Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.
Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.
Where can you flip your fins and jump, dance, and stroll? Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, of course! Celebrate summer by learning about this artistic parade’s history.
Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg
In this lecture and slideshow, presented in anticipation of the new exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York, architectural historian Barry Lewis explores two major entertainment centers that were emerging in New York in the 1930s: Times Square and Coney Island. Marsh was fascinated by urban daily life, and in Manhattan and Brooklyn, these two public spaces provided the backdrop for the social lives of many New Yorkers.
His subjects were not glamorous or affluent New Yorkers, but those in the middle and lower class—Bowery bums, burlesque queens, Coney Island musclemen, park denizens, subway riders and post-flapper era sirens. Marsh was fascinated by the crass glamour, gaudiness and sexuality these city inhabitants exhibited in public, as well as by the humanity expressed by those living under severe economic and social duress.