City of Workers, City of Struggle – How Labor Movements Changed New York

May 1, 2019 – 10:00am – 6:00pm – On exhibit daily; closing TBA

Explore the fascinating history of labor in New York City.
For over two centuries, working people’s movements have shaped New York—and vice versa. Some of the first labor organizations in the country were formed by the city’s artisans in the early 19th century, and some of the nation’s foremost labor leaders have been New Yorkers, from Samuel Gompers and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to A. Philip Randolph and Sidney Hillman, and more recently John Sweeney and Dennis Rivera.

But working New Yorkers have also struggled with each other over pay, power, and inclusion. New waves of workers—women, immigrants, people of color, and the “unskilled”—have repeatedly defined their own movements for a better life, and in the process remade city life in ways that affect all. City of Workers traces the social, political, and economic story of these diverse workers and their movements in New York through rare documents, artifacts, and footage, and considers the future of labor in the city.

Opening date: May 1, 2019; Closing date: TBA

The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm. Chalsty’s Café is open daily from 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

Cost: Suggested admission: Adults: $18; Seniors (65+); Students: $12 (with I.D.); Under age 20: Free and Members: Free.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: How Louis Armstrong Conquered New York

April 29, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

To celebrate International Jazz Day, revisit Louis Armstrong’s meteoric rise to stardom during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s with jazz historian Ricky Riccardi of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Afterwards, join us for a special live performance by the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

This event is part of Core Conversations, a series featuring the city’s most original thinkers as they engage with topics related to our New York at Its Core exhibition. To view all the programs in the series, click here.

About the Speaker and Performers: 

Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years (Vintage, 2012). He runs the online blog, “The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world. 

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has been performing since 1980, inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and their colleagues. They have a weekly engagement at  Birdland and have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

$20 for Adults | $15 for Seniors, Students & Educators (with ID)
$10 for Museum of the City of New York and Louis Armstrong House Museum Members
Includes Museum admission. Note: All galleries close at 6:00 pm.

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Easter Wreath Making

April 21, 2019 11:00am – 2:00pm

Join us for a festive celebration of the Easter Holiday. Use elements of spring in New York City as inspiration to create a seasonal wreath for your home.

Registration suggested, but not required.

Price: Free with Museum admission.

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2019 11:00am – 2:00pm

Drop in for a family celebration for the 50th annual Earth Day! Participate in a scavenger hunt in the exhibition Activist New York to learn about environmentalism and get hands on with activities.

Registration suggested, but not required.

Price: Free with Museum admission.

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

The Forgotten History of Roosevelt Island: A Walking Tour

April 14, 2019 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Back by popular demand! Situated on the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island was once a site of healthcare innovation. It was here that antiseptics and cutting edge hygienic practices were first used to prevent infection and that physical rehabilitation was embraced for patients with injuries or chronic diseases. Led by Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, this walking tour explores the Island’s abandoned hospitals and laboratories such as the Smallpox Hospital, the Lunatic Asylum, Goldwater Hospital, and the Strecker Memorial Laboratory, and the stories they tell about New York City’s historic approach to public health.

The tour will take place rain or shine and begin promptly at 1:30 pm at the Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk at Tram Plaza, which is accessible by the Roosevelt Island Tram with an active MetroCard. It will be about 90 minutes in length and conclude on Roosevelt Island.

This program accompanies our exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis (on view through April 28, 2019).

About the Tour Guide:
Judith Berdy is president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, which promotes awareness of the Island’s unique story and the preservation of its landmarks and artifacts. The Society recovers, maintains, and disseminates the record of Roosevelt Island’s heritage from colonial times to the present. It collects artifacts, documents, publications, photographs, prints and other media recording the history of the Island and its inhabitants and makes its collections accessible to the public through tours, lectures, exhibitions and publications.

Price: $30 for Museum of the City of New York and New York Academy of Medicine Members | $45 General Admission

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger

April 9, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The unflinching 1968 documentary No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger (1968, 86 min, David L. Weiss) follows 400,000 protesters as they march from Harlem to the United Nations building to decry the United States’ continued involvement in the Vietnam War. An electrifying portrait of the righteous anger of black anti-war protesters and veterans, director David L. Weiss captures the ways in which black liberation and the anti-Vietnam movement were inextricably linked. Screening will be followed by a talkback with commentators and activists.

Speakers to be announced; check back for updates.

Co-presented with Jessica Green at the Maysles Documentary Center as part of their non-fiction film series Made in Harlem: Class of ’68

This screening is also part of our Activism on Film series, which delves into stories of social activism in New York City inspired by the Museum’s ongoing Activist New York exhibition.

Price: $15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members

Includes Museum admission.

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

The Hospital Zone at Ellis Island: A Walking Tour

March 23, 2019 1:30pm – 3:00pm

The Ellis Island Hospital was once the gold standard of medical care in the United States. As the country’s first public health hospital, it served the millions of immigrants who passed through its doors upon entering the country. Shuttered for over 60 years, the complex has sat abandoned, decaying into complete disrepair. Join us for a private hard hat tour of the hospital zone including the infectious and contagious disease wards, the kitchen, staff housing, the autopsy room, and the laundry room with guides from Save Ellis Island.

The tour will take place rain or shine. It will begin promptly at 1:30 pm and meet in front of Castle Clinton at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. We will travel together by ferry to Ellis Island. The tour will be approximately 90 minutes in length and conclude on Ellis Island. Sturdy close-toed shoes are recommended.

Guests may stay on the Island for further sightseeing following the tour or return by ferry. Tickets include roundtrip ferry transportation and the tour.

This program accompanies our exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis (on view through April 28, 2019). 

About Save Ellis Island:

Founded in 1999, Save Ellis Island is a non-profit committed to preserving and restoring the historic hospital buildings on Ellis Island. They work to ensure future generations will be able to discover the rich history and preserve the stories of the millions of men, women and children who passed through its gates.

Price: $30 for Museum of the City of New York and New York Academy of Medicine Members | $45 General Admission

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

El Pueblo Se Levanta

March 14, 2019 6:30pm

In the late 1960s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the United States reached a breaking point. Produced in 1971, the hard-hitting documentary El Pueblo Se Levanta (50 min) focuses on the poverty and oppression of New York City’s own East Harlem. Narrated by the people it portrays, the film captures the dual compassion and militancy of the activist group the Young Lords as they began to take direct action to improve the conditions of their community. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a talkback with historians, activists and others.

Speakers to be announced, check back for updates! 

Co-presented with Jessica Green at the Maysles Documentary Center as part of their ongoing non-fiction film series Made in Harlem: Class of ’68

This screening is also part of our Activism on Film series, which delves into stories of social activism in New York City inspired by our ongoing Activist New York exhibition.

Price: $15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members

Includes Museum admission. 

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Cycling in the City

Opens March 14, 2019 |  10:00am – 6:00pm

Discover New York’s rich bicycling heritage.

Cycling in the City traces the bike’s transformation of urban transportation and leisure and explores the extraordinary diversity of cycling cultures in the city, past and present. The exhibition reveals the complex, creative, and often contentious relationship between New York and the bicycle, while underscoring the importance of cycling as the city confronts climate change, energy scarcity, and population growth in the years to come.

The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
Chalsty’s Café is open daily from 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

Cost: Suggested Admission: Adults: $18; Seniors (65+); Students: $12 (with I.D.); and Under age 20: Free and Members: Free

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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3rd Annual Herstory Day

March 3, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm

Join us for an intergenerational celebration of women’s history in New York City with a focus on women working to archive, preserve, and uplift their own communities.

Registration suggested, but not required.

Price: Free with Museum admission

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US