Tour 6: Museum of the City of New York: New York at Its Core

Saturday, January 4, 2020: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Rhinelander Gallery North (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

Tour leader: Lilly Tuttle, Museum of the City of New York

What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world, on a tour of New York at Its Core led by curator Lilly Tuttle.

The exhibition begins with the era of Henry Hudson’s voyage into New York Harbor and follows the story of the city as it grew into the nation’s economic and cultural capital. Visitors will encounter more than 200 key objects and images from this period, including a ceremonial club from the Native people of the area; a slice of a wooden pipe that formed the original water system of the city; and William M. “Boss” Tweed’s gold tiger-headed cane. The exhibition also delves into the 20th century and the cycles of financial growth and crisis that continually reshaped the city’s economic, cultural, and social life, as did the influx of new waves of people from across the country and around the world. Steep challenges—including the Great Depression, the fiscal and urban crises of the postwar era, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11—tested and ultimately affirmed the creativity and resilience of the residents of a teeming metropolis that had become the most influential city in the world.

Please note: The group will travel by subway (fare card provided); the museum is a 10-minute walk from the 103rd Street station. The 103rd Street station is accessible only by stairs; alternate transportation is available on request. The museum is ADA compliant.

Limit 25 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

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