Our project to process and describe the Museum’s LOOK magazine collection continues with the digitization of photographs by John Vachon, who documented American life — from the rural poor to the New York City streets.
Copper magnate William S. Clark Sr. built one of the most egregious examples of Gilded Age excess. The mansion that once stood at 960 Fifth Avenue boasted 121 rooms, 31 baths, four art galleries, a swimming pool, and even an underground rail line!
Fleeing the steamy city streets for the beach is not a new phenomenon. Take an escape to the summertime retreats of years past and see how New Yorkers used to beat the heat…despite the heavy layers of clothing!
Easter in New York has become synonymous with a pageant of people marching down Fifth Avenue, many wearing large over-the-top hats. Learn how the Easter parade became the “fashion promenade” it is today.
On a hot August afternoon last summer, I left the office early and caught the 5 train north. My objective was to locate the site of the Ursuline Convent in what had once been the rural village of Melrose, and was now the heart of the South Bronx.