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Museum of the City of New York – Fall Show Highlights

From a history of land use in Staten Island to a retrospective of Tillet textiles, favored by celebrities like Jackie Onassis, the MoCNY has a variety of city-centric exhibits this fall

A New York–centric perspective informs the Museum of the City of New York (MoCNY), a small, nonprofit institution that sits along Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. Its rotating exhibitions detail many interesting aspects of the city’s deep and rich history, and the museum’s permanent displays help illuminate the ways in which New Yorkers live(d), then and now.

The Verrazano Bridge under construction from the Museum of the City of New York

Verrazano Bridge under construction, December 4, 1963. Vintage photograph, Museum of the City of New York

Current, ongoing and upcoming shows include:


From Farm to City: Staten Island, 1661–2012 

September 13, 2012–January 21, 2013

The borough of Staten Island is part suburb, part city, part country, part industrial center. This exhibit traces the history of changing land use on the island over its 350-year history through photography, maps, official documents and interactive mapping stations that allow visitors to track Staten Island real estate back several centuries. The 20th-21st century sections of the exhibit explore current debates about the future of Staten Island.


Capital of Capital: New York’s Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy

May 22, 2012–October 21, 2012

Using rare historical documents, banking instruments, images and advertisements, this soon-to-close exhibition showcases New York’s major influence on the creation of the American (and global) banking system from the founding of the Bank of New York in 1784 to its prime place in the world today.


Leslie and D.D. Tillett at the Museum of the City of New York

Leslie and D.D. Tillett, ca. 1947. Courtesy of Tillett and Rauscher Inc.

Activist New York


An examination of the various forms of radical and political activism throughout New York City’s history, from women’s suffrage and civil rights to AIDS issues, religious freedoms and current real-estate concerns.


The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett

October 17, 2012–January 6, 2013

This retrospective on two influential textile designers of post-war American design introduces the work of this esteemed couple whose textiles were favored by the likes of Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper, Harry Truman and Jackie Onassis.

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