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NYC Media and the New-York Historical Society Partner to Create Special Series: When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green? & Other Questions About New York City

Videos Air Every Day at 7:30pm on NYC life (Channel 25); Also Available to Watch Online

The New-York Historical Society and NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, have partnered to produce When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green? & Other Questions about New York City, a special series of 90 one-minute videos that feature the staff of the New-York Historical Society answering some of the most captivating questions ever posed to them about the City’s unique history. The video series airs every evening at 7:30pm on NYC life (Channel 25) in anticipation of the reopening of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum galleries on November 11, 2011. The series can also be viewed online on the NYC Media Video on Demand player – nyc.gov/vod.

Watch the first question online:

“Inquisitive viewers will get the answers they’ve been looking for as the New-York Historical Society shares its vast knowledge and archive in our new series,” said Diane Petzke, general manager, NYC Media. “As part of our ongoing efforts to partner with local cultural organizations, we’re delighted to bring this fun and engaging perspective of City history to New Yorkers.”

“We are pleased to partner with NYC Media as we count down toward the re-opening of our galleries 90 days from now,” said Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “As the oldest cultural institution in New York City, we have a history that is closely tied to the history of the City as a whole. What better way to celebrate than by exploring the fascinating, sometimes surprising questions put to us by curious New Yorkers and visitors?”

Among the many questions that are explored in the series are:

  • What is the oldest building in New York City?
  • Who was the first woman to run for mayor?
  • When was air-conditioning introduced into the NYC subway system?
  • When was the first girl admitted to Stuyvesant High School?
  • How did the boroughs get their names?
  • Who was the famous politician who was buried in the snow during the Blizzard of 1888?
  • Why are beavers on the seal of NYC?
  • Did P.T. Barnum keep live whales in his museum on Broadway?
  • Did a New Yorker really build a house purely out of spite?
  • Is it true Manhattan used to have cowboys?
  • When did the Statue of Liberty turn green?

On Veterans’ Day, Friday, November 11, 2011, the New-York Historical Society will throw open its doors as never before after completing a three-year renovation of its Central Park West building. The face of the institution—the first museum established in New York—will be transformed as visitors of all ages are welcomed to this great cultural destination. Visitors will experience brand-new gallery spaces that are more open and hospitable, both to major exhibitions and to a vastly expanded public. Highlights include, a multi-screen presentation of American history seen through the lens of New York City; the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, the first of its kind in New York, where the past comes to life through the stories of real children; a new museum restaurant operated by Stephen Starr Restaurants in a light-filled, modern space; and a permanent exhibition taking visitors on an interactive journey from colonial times to the September 11th attacks, incorporating high-definition digital screens and original artifacts. For more information about the New-York Historical Society’s re-opening, visit nyhistory.org.


A new edition of When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green? & Other Questions about New York City airs every evening at 7:30pm on NYC life (Channel 25). NYC life is available in the New York tri-state area on broadcast, cable and satellite channels. Visit nyc.gov/media for local cable and satellite listings. Watch the videos online on the NYC Media Video on Demand player – nyc.gov/vod and through the NYC Media app, available to download for free from iTunes.

About NYC Media

Part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Media is the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York, informing, educating and entertaining New Yorkers about the City’s diverse people and neighborhoods, government, services, attractions and activities. NYC Media oversees several television channels, a radio station and other online assets. NYC life – Channel 25 on most systems and Channel 22 on Cablevision – explores arts and culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and history and education, and features the people and places that make our City unique. Visit nyc.gov/media for local cable and satellite listings.

About the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society; Nueva York; and its major reopening exhibition, Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

Contact: New-York Historical Society | Laura Washington | (212) 873-3400 x263 | lwashington@nyhistory.org - NYC Media | Marybeth Ihle | (212) 669-7742 | mihle@media.nyc.gov - NYC Media | Chris Coffey| (212) 669-7322 | ccoffey@media.nyc.gov

Monday, August 15, 2011
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