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What is the magic that just makes New York New York? We asked notable New Yorkers what it is that they love about our city, and we’ll be sharing their responses over the next few weeks! If you can’t wait, see them all via the link in our bio! And let us know - #WhatMakesNYNY for you? 🗽
We are so touched by this beautiful #FanArtFriday by @montanaknudsen of three inspiring women from #RebelWomenNY: Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, the first black woman in New York to receive a medical degree; Nellie Bly, a fearless journalist; and Hetty Green, the female financier who bailed out NYC. Learn more about these three trailblazers and more in "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism," now on view. #RebelWomenNY
Drama, drama, drama. 🎭 Once the highest paid actress in the world, Adah Isaacs Menken was a wildly successful performer in late 19th-century New York who delighted (and sometimes shocked! 😯) audiences while challenging Victorian-era ideals of genteel womanhood. Our theater collection contains numerous cartes de visite of Menken as some of the different characters she inhabited, which so beautifully reveal her captivating personality. Swipe ➡️ to get a sense of how small these cabinet cards actually are, and to see the particularly dashing photo of Menken that is part of our #RebelWomenNY exhibition. #onthisdayinplay
Spoken by the 19th-century rebellious woman Adah Isaacs Menken, these words were a challenge to the Victorian-era gender norms under which she lived in New York City. The ideal woman at the time was supposed to be demure, at home with the children, and wearing constricting corsets—Menken defied all of these expectations. Discover more of the barrier-breaking story of her rise to fame in “Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism,” now on view. #RebelWomenNY
The "Queen of the Waves," Gertrude Ederle, was the first woman and the fastest person to swim across the English Channel on this day in 1926. Born in Manhattan in 1905, Ederle trained in New York City and won three medals in the 1924 Olympics at just 19 years old. She began training to swim the English Channel the following year despite being told that a woman wouldn't be able to swim the 35 miles of rough waters. When she made ground in Kingsdown, England on August 6, 1926, she had not only crossed the Channel faster than all five men who had made the crossing before her, she beat the men's world record by 1 hour 59 minutes. She was exuberantly celebrated upon her return to New York with a parade in her honor, and she was even invited to the White House to meet President Calvin Coolidge, who called her "America's Best Girl." __
📷: Unknown photographer. [Gertrude Ederle.], 1931. Museum of the City of New York, F2012.58.456. #otd #onthisday #gertrudeederle #herstory #womenshistory
Today would have been Andy Warhol's 90th birthday. This statue of Warhol by artist Rob Pruitt was on view in Union Square, the location of the Factory, from March 30, 2011, to September 4, 2012, and now can be seen in our exhibition "Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York." Pruitt said of the piece: "Like so many other artists and performers and people who don't fit in because they're gay or otherwise different, Andy moved here to become who he was, to fulfill his dreams and make it big. He still represents that courage and that possibility." See the monument for yourself in #ArtintheOpen through November 10.
Rob Pruitt, The Andy Monument, Union Square, 2011. Photograph by James Ewing. Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY. #andywarhol #unionsquare
Sometimes a dog's life in the big city includes a stop at the 21 Club. 🐩 On assignment for Look magazine in 1949, Stanley Kubrick photographed the pampered lives of New York's 291,018 licensed dogs, including this 👆crew enjoying some downtime in the checkroom of the 21 Club while their owners lunched. See this photo and over 120 others from Kubrick's early career as a photographer in #KubrickPhotos, now on view.
📷: Stanley Kubrick, From "A Dog’s Life in the Big City", 1949. Museum of the City of New York/SK Film Archive, LLC, X2011.4.12306.304. #stanleykubrick #lookmagazine #dogsofinstagram #poodlesofinstagram
Women marching in the street was a sight to be seen in 1915! 😲 New York suffragists were the first to enlist women to march in parades, making their movement public and difficult to ignore in a revolutionary way for the time. How else did New York suffragists campaign for women's right to vote? It's the last weekend for you to find out in #BeyondSuffrage before its last day on Aug 5th! We're open 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Suffrage parade through Madison Square, 1915, Museum of the City of New York, Photo Archives, X2010.11.10836.
As the first black woman in New York to receive a medical degree—and only the third woman nationwide—Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward was definitely a 19th-century rebel woman. Among many accomplishments, she opened her own medical offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan and was politically active in the city, helping to found the Equal Suffrage League in Brooklyn and the Women's Loyal Union, New York's leading black women's club. So notable were here achievements that civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois delivered her eulogy in 1918 at Green-Wood Cemetery. Learn more about her story in #RebelWomenNY, now on view.
Dr. Susan Maria Smith McKinney Steward, Physician., 1870. Courtesy of Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.
One can sometimes forget: suffragists were campaigning for men to vote for women to have the right to vote, as this photo of Mrs. John Rogers on a soapbox speaking to a crowd of bowler hats and fedoras perfectly illustrates. How did women position the suffrage movement to speak to the voting priorities of men in New York state? Find out in our exhibition, "Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics" before it closes this Sunday, August 5. #BeyondSuffrage
Mrs. John Rogers at Suffrage Shop, October 19, 1915. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service. #newyorkshistory #womenshistory #voting #votingrights