Few 19th-century women took as many risks as Nellie Bly. 💪When she moved to New York City to pursue her career in journalism, her first assignment with the New York World was to get voluntarily committed to the Women's Lunatic Asylum at Blackwell's Island. ✍️Her resulting exposé revealed disturbing conditions at the facility, sparking an investigation and reforms, and launching the field of investigative journalism. Bly made headlines again when she embarked on a solo trip around the world. When she pitched this journey to a newspaper, she was told that "no one but a man can do this." 😠Her response? "Very well. Start the man, and I'll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him." A woman of her word, she accomplished her around-the-world trip in a record 72 days. 🌍 🏆 Learn more about Bly and other boundary-smashing Victorian-era women in "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism," now on view. #RebelWomenNY
Just added to the Museum's collection: photographs by Ruben Natal-San Miguel taken mostly in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Born in Puerto Rico, Ruben moved to New York City in 1993 and began his career as a financial controller on Wall Street. After the September 11 attacks, his priorities shifted, and he began photographing the neighborhoods and people of his community. Ruben says that he always asks permission before taking someone's picture, noting: "I like to create environmental portraits in which the people are most comfortable without any pretense and pressure—the most real and comfortable setting. I never stage my portraits, they are created on the spot at that moment." It's an honor to add his work to our collection, and to capture more contemporary stories of New Yorkers.
Can you name this building? 🤔It's NYC's oldest "modern" building with eight miles of glass windows. ... We have even more questions ready for you for our Ultimate NYC Trivia night on 11/13! Register via the link in our bio to put your trivia chops to the test!
Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day that World War I ended and the date that #VeteransDay is recognized in the United States. There were impromptu gatherings across the city on that day, including on Wall Street where thousands of New Yorkers gathered to celebrate the end of four years of bloodshed. The city would gather together again several times in the coming year to welcome home returning troops with enormous parades and a brand new (temporary) "Victory Arch" at Madison Square Park (swipe 👉 to see the parade for the homecoming of the 27th Division in March 1919). 🇺🇸
The iconic Phantom mask has been reimagined! In honor of Phantom of the Opera's 30th year on Broadway, 30 designers (including @nicolemillernyc 👉) created their own interpretation of Phantom's mask. All 30 are on display here at the Museum for the month of November, thanks to the support of @BankofAmerica. Plan your visit before November whizzes by! #PhantomFashion30@phantombway
For the men and women on the home front during WWI and WWII, joining the civil defense was a way to contribute to the war effort and help protect the country from attack. Formed during WWI, the Council of National Defense was suspended at the war's end, only to be reactivated by President Roosevelt during WWII with the creation of the Office of Civilian Defense headed by NYC Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Volunteers were trained to fight fires (like in image #1), spot aircraft, oversee message rooms (image #3), administer first aid, and more. 🚒 🏥 Unlike at the end of WWI, civil defense activities continued after WWII and helped lay the foundation for civil defense work and education during the Cold War. #StoriesofService
A confrontation along Wall Street between antiwar and pro-Vietnam War protestors on May 8, 1970—just four days after the shooting of antiwar protestors at Kent State University by the National Guard—turned violent, injuring at least 70 people. Known today as the "Hard Hat Riot," the clash was between 200 flag-carrying construction workers and student antiwar protestors. In a show of unity 10 days later, 100,000 workers and others paraded down Broadway to affirm their support for the war and President Nixon. _ Visit our #ActivistNY exhibition and its brand new case study about activism around the Vietnam War in New York City to learn more.
Vinnette Carroll was the first African American woman to direct a Broadway play, and her show, "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God," gave its last performance on November 7, 1982. 🎭 She conceived of and directed the popular musical, an adaptation of the Gospel According to Matthew that enjoyed three revivals in six years and received three Tony nominations. 🎉 Carroll passed away in November 2002, almost 30 years to the day of the closing of her final Broadway show. Swipe 👉to see a few playbills from our collection! #thisdayinplay
When you visit our Future City Lab, you are invited to imagine the possibilities for NYC's future. What would the city look like, feel like, and act like if everyone voted? #foodforthought#votingday#WhatifMCNY
On the heels of tomorrow's midterm elections, @democracynow's Amy Goodman sits down with three leading youth activists on 11/8 to discuss their front-line perspectives on the key mobilizations of our moment, from gun control to immigrant rights. Pick up your tickets via the link in our bio. #ActivistNY
Who is ready for a little 26.2 mile journey through this concrete jungle? 🙋The biggest marathon in the world kicks off today in Staten Island, shooting up through Brooklyn, making a short visit in Queens before turning left into Manhattan, dipping into the Bronx, and finishing up in the heart of Central Park. 🏃 Sending strength & fortitude to the over 50,000 amazing runners, and creativity & warmed-up vocal chords to the supporters and sign-makers! 📣
"No advanced step taken by women has been so bitterly contested as that of speaking in public." - Susan. B. Anthony
Featured in our "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism" exhibition, Susan B. Anthony was an outspoken advocate for women's rights who pushed the movement in a more radical, political direction. Together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony published a controversial women's rights newspaper, The Revolution, which explicitly promoted a woman's right to vote, divorce, own property, organize, and to voluntary motherhood. Despite being a financial failure, the paper was a testament to Anthony and Stanton's status as prominent and vocal "rebel women." #RebelWomenNY