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Living in a Candela building, or even a "Candela-like" building, is a prized luxury for NYC's wealthiest, but who is the man behind such illustrious addresses as 960 Fifth Ave or 770 Park Ave? Our new exhibition, "Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela," traces the career arc of the Sicilian immigrant turned architect who arrived in New York City with just $20 in his pocket and went on to redefine luxury living in the city. #Candela
_ 📷: Lobby looking toward interior courtyard of 19 East 72nd Street. Wurst Bros. Museum of the City of New York, X2010.7.2.7444. #nycskyline #luxuryliving #nycarchitecture #rosariocandela #candelabuilding


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The co-founders of Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem & Dorothy Pittman Hughes, are today’s #feministpioneers with the @womensmarch! ✊🏻 ✊🏾 Steinem and Hughes met in New York City because of their work in women’s rights and child welfare, Steinem as a journalist and activist, and Hughes as the founder of the city’s very first shelter for battered women and as an owner of and advocate for early childcare centers. Besides co-founding one of the country’s most influential feminist publications, their partnership and friendship led Steinem and Hughes to tour the country together throughout the 1970s speaking on issues of gender, race, and class. Their powerful public show of unity was captured by photographer Dan Wynn for Esquire Magazine in 1971, and became one of the most recognizable photos of the women’s movement; one they recreated for photographer Dan Bagan in 2014 on the occasion of Steinem’s 80th birthday. You can learn more about Hughes, Steinem, and many other inspirational women from history in our #BeyondSuffrage exhibition!
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Images courtesy of Dan Wynn, 1971; and Dan Bagan, 2014. #womenshistoryisamericanhistory #gloriasteinem #dorothypittmanhughes #nychistory @gloriasteinem


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For our fourth #feministpioneer with the @womensmarch, we have the incredible Sylvia Rivera! Rivera was an advocate for the rights of LGBT people, particularly of transgender homeless youth and people of color. 🌈 She founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with Marsha P. Johnson in 1970 and was a leading voice in the fight for recognition of transgender and drag queen rights within the gay rights movement and for transgender civil rights in New York City. You can learn more about Rivera in two of our exhibitions, #BeyondSuffrage and #ActivistNY. Check back in tomorrow for the last inspiring woman from NY history with the @womensmarch!
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Image courtesy of the photographer, Valerie Schaff, ca. 2000. #womenshistoryisamericanhistory #sylviarivera #lgbthistory


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"Fighting" Shirley Chisholm is today’s #feministpioneer with the @womensmarch! Chisholm was a community activist and politician from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. 📢 After a term in the NY State Assembly, and in defiance of party leaders, she ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, and… she won! 🎉 She was the first black woman in Congress, and she pursued legislation to help the politically disempowered: women, the poor and working class, and people of color. She went on to accomplish even more firsts: Chisholm was the first African American – and first woman – to seek the presidential nomination on a major party ticket when she ran for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972. Discover more of her story in our #BeyondSuffrage exhibition and check back tomorrow for the story of another #feministpioneer!
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Image courtesy of U.S. News & World Report. #womenshistoryisamericanhistory #shirleychisholm #bedstuy #brooklyn


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“I cannot allow myself to be fragmented into Negro at one time, woman at another, or worker at another, I must find a unifying principle in all of these movements to which I can adhere.” 🙌🏽 Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray, today’s #feministpioneer with the @womensmarch, was a civil rights and women’s rights activist who also had a multifaceted career as a lawyer, writer, and priest. Like many black female leaders of her time, her activism embodied “intersectionality” before it was a named concept (we have #KimberleCrenshaw to thank for that!), pointing out the intersecting oppressions of racism and sexism. Her 1950 book critiquing state segregation laws, “States’ Laws on Race and Color,” was called the “bible” of the civil rights movement by Thurgood Marshall, and her activist work helped add “sex” as a protected category to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We’ll be sharing another inspiring woman from our #BeyondSuffrage exhibition tomorrow!
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Image credit: Portrait of Pauli Murray. (1960). Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Used by Permission of the Pauli Murray Foundation. #womenshistoryisamericanhistory #paulimurray #intersectionality


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Mabel Lee is today’s #feministpioneer with the @womensmarch! ✊🏾 ✊🏼 An unsung trailblazer of the women’s suffrage movement in New York State, Lee was an accomplished academic and author in the early 20th century and was the first Chinese woman to earn a doctorate from Columbia University. 🎓 Along with other suffragists in NYC, Lee helped lead a groundbreaking parade in support of women getting the right to vote on May 6, 1912, which was considered a daring and innovative move for women at the time since society dictated that a woman’s place was in the home. In describing her feminist activism, Mabel Lee said: “… feminists want nothing more than the equality of opportunity for women to prove their merits and what they are best suited to do.” We’ll be sharing another inspiring woman from our #BeyondSuffrage exhibition tomorrow!
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Image courtesy of Barnard Archives and Special Collections. #womenshistoryisamericanhistory #mabellee #womansuffrage #nyactivism


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Today’s #StarlightSunday is brought to you by visitor @tereza.kervin! Sending ✨ out to everyone today!


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At just 17 years old, Stanley Kubrick sold his first photograph to Look Magazine, going on to spend five years as a staff photographer for the magazine, capturing all corners of life in New York City. See over 120 of Kubrick’s photographs in #KubrickPhotos, now on view.
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Stanley Kubrick, From “Shoeshine Boy”, 1947. Museum of the City of New York/SK Film Archive, LLC, X2011.4.10368.275. #shoeshine #oldnewyork #1940snewyork #stanleykubrick


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It's opening day for "Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela!" With some 75 buildings to his credit in New York City, Rosario Candela played a major role in shaping the architectural legacy of 20th-century New York, particularly the distinctive "prewar" streetscapes of Park and Fifth Avenues and Sutton Place. One of his most iconic buildings is 960 Fifth Avenue, where this 1930 photo of a dining room interior was taken by photographer Samuel H. Gottscho. Discover the fascinating story of this influential architect in #Candela, open through October 28, 2018.
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📷: Samuel H. Gottscho, "960 Fifth Avenue. Dining room," 1930. Museum of the City of New York, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, 88.1.1.1012. #prewar #fifthave #parkave #suttonplace #rosariocandela #vintagenewyork #highrise #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitenewyork


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Benjamin Aranda of @arandalasch was inspired by a set of candlesticks that provided light in 1765 to design a contemporary light using conductive printing and silver that is currently on display in #NYSilver. 🕯️️Closing on July 1st, #NYSilver is an exhibition that links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice, featuring commissioned works by leading metalworkers, artists, and designers in response to historical objects from the Museum's collection. Stop by before its last day!


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How are you celebrating the mother figures in your life today? Happy #MothersDay! 💐
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Photographer unknown. [Alfred E. Smith's mother (neé Maria Marsh) with a group on Parent's Day.], 1924. Museum of the City of New York, 45.261.3. #mothersdayflowers #bouquetofflowers #oldnewyork #blackandwhitephoto #vintagephotos #fancyhats


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It looks like we're in for a rainy weekend here in NYC. Don't leave home without your ☂️!
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George Miller, Jr. 42nd and Broadway on a rainy day, ca. 1930. Museum of the City of New York, X2010.12.80. #rainyday #rainynyc #blackandwhitephoto #vintagenyc #oldnewyork #timessquare #umbrella


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