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Part Weegee, part film noir, Stanley Kubrick's photographs illustrated a 1949 Look magazine article detailing NYC's newest escape-proof prison van. You couldn't even break in (or out) with a flaming acetylene torch. 🔥 (Or a .38 revolver, as additional Kubrick photographs in the spread illustrated.) Enjoy more of Kubrick's perspective on New York City life in #KubrickPhotos, on view through Jan 6.


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The Salvation Army has been asking New Yorkers to "Keep the Pot Boiling" for over 115 years with their red kettles most noticeably present during the Thanksgiving to Christmas season. Donations dropped in red kettles in 1901 provided for the largest public dinner in NYC, making warm meals available to over 25,000 people at Madison Square Garden. Today, funds raised across the country assist 4.5 million people during the holiday season. 🍽️
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📷: Byron Company. Charities, Salvation Army Christmas Dinner Kettle, 1906. Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.17268. #salvationarmy #donations #charitablegiving


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A century before the modern Civil Rights movement, Elizabeth Jennings Graham refused to give up her seat on a segregated streetcar in New York City. On July 16, 1854, 27-year-old Graham was on her way to church when she unknowingly boarded a segregated streetcar. The conductor confronted her, but she refused to leave until she was forcibly removed by the police. Graham sued the Third Avenue Railroad Company, the conductor, and the driver, and... she won! Not only did she win $225 in damages, but her case was the first step toward ending transit segregation in NYC—six years later, all the city's streetcar lines were open to African Americans.

Discover the stories of more women who challenged the status quo in 19th-century NYC in #RebelWomenNY, on view through Jan 6.
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Portrait of Elizabeth Jennings Graham. Published in The American Woman's Journal, July 1895. Courtesy Kansas State Historical Society. #elizabethjenningsgraham #civilrights #desegregation #nychistory #blackhistory #womenshistory #NYatItsCore


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The beloved, legendary, and mourned CBGB opened on this day in 1973. The club was the birthplace of punk, a defining cultural movement of New York City in the 1970s, featuring bands like the Ramones (swipe 👉 to see them performing), Blondie, Talking Heads, and Joan Jett... and the list goes on and on. From its location on the Bowery, CBGB became a cultural destination and badge of honor for punk, rock, and new wave bands looking to make it big. 🎸The venue closed in 2006 with one final concert on October 15 by Patti Smith.
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Discover more NYC punk history in #NYatItsCore, including Roberta Bayley’s Ramones photograph, on view starting Dec 11.
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📷 CBGB, Bowery 1977; GODLIS; Roberta Bayley. Ramones CBGBs New York, 1976. @GODLIS #cbgb #punk #ramones #talkingheads #blondie #joanjett #rockandroll #pattismith #oldnewyork #vintagenewyork #vintagenyc #otd #onthisday


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Ah @nikilarocca, you make us look good. 😍 #StarlightSunday


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Before there was the Champagne of Beers, there was Champagne Lager Beer being brewed in the Bronx. 🍺 J. & L.F. Kuntz Brewers had a short life (1862-1865) in Morrisania, the historical name for the South Bronx neighborhood, on the corner of Third Avenue and 168th Street. Cheers to the weekend! 🍻


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If you can imagine, this Gilded Age beauty is actually *just* an afternoon dress. Unlike the even more lavish evening gowns of the era, this ensemble has long sleeves and is one piece instead of being composed of multiple parts, making it suitable as afternoon attire.
The dress was worn by Annie Theresa Clotilde Kerrigan (1838-1871), who lived in the Spingler/Van Buren [Beuren] mansion at 21 West 14th Street after her marriage to Henry Spingler van Beuren in 1869. Ms. Kerrigan came from a wealthy merchant family and was already living across the street from Mr. van Beuren before they were married. With its vibrant pink color, this was truly a statement-making dress in Ms. Kerrigan's personal collection, and it is certainly one of the more extreme examples of the Gilded Age in the Museum's collection. 💗
Check out our Instagram story today to go behind-the-scenes in collection storage with this dress! #GildedAge #GettingDressed #FashionFriday


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Do you recognize this spot in #BrooklynHeights? Urban Archive perfectly paired a 1978 photo from our collection with how the building looks today... not much has changed! You can wander the NYC streets and create your own now/then pairings with the @urbanarchiveny app—just download in the app store. #oldnewyork #nowandthen #nychistory #brooklynheights #urbanarchive #stillstanding


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Stanley Kubrick prints are available in our Museum Shop for just one more month until #KubrickPhotos closes on Jan 6. 📷Click the link in our bio to pick some up for the Kubrick fans in your family this holiday season (or, you know, just treat yourself!). 🎁


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Duke Ellington began his 4-year residency at Harlem's Cotton Club on this day in 1927. Operating during Prohibition and located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue, the Cotton Club was considered one of the hottest nightclubs in town but was a whites-only venue that perpetuated harmful stereotypes of African Americans. Ellington even had to ask special permission for his friends and family to come watch his performances. Despite these daunting odds, Ellington capitalized on opportunities to reach new audiences and expand his creative talents, such as with a weekly radio broadcast that brought his 11-piece band into living rooms across the country. 📻(Swipe 👉to see a photo of the club from the 1920s.)
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📷: Duke Ellington, © James J. Kriegsmann. Museum of the City of New York, 58.41.2; Cotton Club marquee and front entrance, Harlem, New York, ca. 1920s. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, New York Public Library. #harlem #cottonclub #harlemhistory #dukeellington #otd #onthisday #nychistory #oldnewyork #NYatItsCore


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"Hey, Stella!!" After yelling these iconic words to his wife up the wrought iron New Orleans staircase, pleading with her to forgive him, Stella Kowalski makes her way down the staircase and accepts her husband Stanley's embrace.
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Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, #AStreetcarNamedDesire, opened on #thisdayinplay in 1947. The original production starred Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois and Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski, both who were relatively unknown actors at the time but who would go on to great acclaim for their portrayals (Tandy won a Tony and Brando was nominated for an Oscar for the film version). 🏆
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Pictured here are Ralph Meeker as Stanley and Jorja Curtright as Stella in a ca. 1950 touring production at the moment when Stella rejoined her husband at the bottom of the stairs.


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Feeling tranquil with this #StarlightSunday from @fgambinoadventures

Tag your photos with #StarlightSunday for a chance to be featured!


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