Museum of the City of New York@museumofcityny

Connecting the past, present, and future of New York City. Open daily from 10-6.

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Seeing @therockettes at #RadioCity is a time-honored tradition for many families around the holidays. When was the last time you went to a show? 👯‍♀️
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This 1935 photo is of the #Rockettes rehearsing their perfect coordination in a studio at @radiocitymusichall. #oldnewyork #vintagenyc

Wurts Bros., 1935. MCNY, X2010.7.2.6309.


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Who wants some free hot chocolate?! 🙋 From Dec 26-31, the first 100 visitors each day receive a free hot chocolate from @amysbreadmcny! 😋
Visit us daily, 10am-6pm!

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Brand new to the Museum: Sol LeWitt and Mark di Suvero sculptures on the terrace. Blanketed by today’s sprinkling of ❄️, these two large works of #publicart were just recently installed as part of our exhibition #ArtintheOpen. The first☝️is by LeWitt, a pioneer of Conceptualism and Minimalism who worked with basic shapes, bold colors, and simple lines. Swipe 👉, and you see the piece by di Suvero, who is an innovator in the creation of outdoor steel sculptures and founded @socratespark. See these two striking works and then check out #ArtintheOpen to learn about the influential history of public art in NYC. #sollewitt #markdisuvero
Sol LeWitt, “Complex Form MH 7,” 1990. The Estate of Sol LeWitt, courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery.
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Mark di Suvero, “Post-Matisse Pullout, 2016. Private Collection, courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery and Vivian Horan Fine Art.

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Remember☝️from our 🦃 Day post? There were so many questions about this creepy balloon, we had to investigate!
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This “sea monster” balloon is by puppeteer Tony Sarg, who created many different balloons for Macy’s in the 1920s and 30s. He debuted this frightening monster along the beach in Nantucket in the summer of 1937, making it look as though a creature from the deep was stalking the island (even going through the trouble to make monster 👣 in the sand!). The balloon was brought on land to the delight of the locals, and it was eventually transported to NYC for that year’s parade.
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All images are thanks to @ackhistory! You can see even more sea monster🎈photos on their collections portal - it’s definitely worth checking out!


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Happy #StarlightSunday! This beautiful shot comes from visitor @aidano7. If you’re looking for something nice and warm to do today, stop by sometime between 10am and 6pm!

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The holiday decorations (and the 🎄!) at @rockcenternyc are always some of the most spectacular. ✨❄️ Photographer Edward Ratcliff captured this elegant #rockcenterxmas around 1945, and the tree is as impressive as ever! But Rockefeller Center isn't the only place that pulls out all the stops in December - there are fabulous window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, and more, that pop up all over the city. For a guided tour of historic holiday decorating, download the @urbanarchiveny app and follow their "Holidays in New York" tour through Midtown Manhattan!
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Edward Ratcliff. [Rockefeller Center at Christmas.], ca. 1945. Museum of the City of New York, X2010.11.8801.

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Have you ever teamed up with friends or strangers to move “The Cube”? 💪
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Located on Astor Place in Manhattan, “Alamo” by artist Tony Rosenthal is known locally as “The Cube” or the “Astor Place Cube.” When it was installed in 1967, it was supposed to be up for just 6 months. However, it was so loved by the neighborhood residents that they petitioned the city to keep it there permanently. The sculpture has become an iconic piece of the city, bringing people together as a meeting place and a place to test your strength.
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Learn about this sculpture and more NYC public art in our exhibition, #ArtintheOpen, on view through May 13th.
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Tony Rosenthal, Alamo,Cooper Square, c. 1973, Photograph by Edmund Vincent Gillon. Museum of the City of New York, gift of Blair Davis, 2013.3.2.1922.

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We’ve got the behind-the-scenes of #AlexanderHamilton’s spa vacation! 🛀🏻
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He is back at the Museum now, but our Hamilton statue was missing for a few months for cleaning and conservation. One of the first steps conservator Mark Rabinowitz took was to thoroughly clean 🚿 the statue before any additional testing or treatments. He looks rather spiffy now back on our façade - stop by and 👀 for yourself soon!
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Image courtesy of Mark Rabinowitz. #amexpreserves #MCNYstatues

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Busted!🚨On this day in 1933, Prohibition ended with the passage of the 21st Amendment, going down in history largely considered a failed national experiment. Its supporters claimed people would drink less, but instead, the number of drinking establishments ballooned with hidden bars (speakeasies) popping up all over the place. Its supporters believed that there would be fewer alcohol-related medical emergencies, but Prohibition instead resulted in a rising death toll from the drinking of dangerous bootleg liquor.
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New York City was a lively center of illegal drinking activity 🥂. By 1925, there were an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 speakeasy clubs in the city. Law enforcement was busy uncovering hidden clubs and stashes of alcohol, like in this photo of Detective Marty O'Connor (right) seizing a liquor stash valued at $100,000 in 1921 from a basement saloon at 2501 Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn. 😬
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Some folks successfully kept their liquor hidden from the authorities... find out more from our friends at @nyhistory! #historyhighfive #prohibition #brooklyn #eastnewyork #otd
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[unknown artist]. April 19, 1921. MCNY, 91.69.19.

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#AlexanderHamilton is safely re-installed on our façade! After being away for a few months for cleaning and conservation, both our Alexander Hamilton and DeWitt Clinton sculptures are back gazing calmly over 5th Avenue. Come and welcome them back to the neighborhood anytime! #amexpreserves #MCNYstatues

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We love this #StarlightSunday captured by @blurb13! Now that we are in December, all of NYC has a bit more ✨. Anyone else enjoying the holiday windows, the famous #DykerHeights lights, or other sparkly New York holiday traditions?

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