: The three-gallery permanent exhibition presents all you ever wanted to know about the dramatic 400-year history of NYC from a striving Dutch village to today's "Capital of the World." The exhibition features more than 400 objects from New York City icons like Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, "Boss" Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries of the Museum's landmark building on New York's Museum Mile, "New York at Its Core" is shaped by four themes – money, density, diversity, and creativity – that have combined to make NYC a center of innovation in the arts, business, science, politics, and urban development. Established in 1923 the MCNY was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the present residence of the Mayor of New York, the city was offered its present location in a Georgian Colonial-Revival building.
: Established in 1923 the Museum of the City of New York's (MCNY) mission is to collect, preserve and present objects related to the original culture and history of New York City – from the gritty to the stunning. Originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the present residence of the Mayor of New York, the city was offered its present location in a Georgian Colonial-Revival building.This museum has amassed a huge collection of unusual items – 750,000 at last count – like several of Eugene O'Neill's handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, and no less than 412 glass negatives by famous photographer Jacob Riis, a man's suit worn to George Washington's Inaugural Ball and displays graffiti writing, and art from the 1970s and 80s. 1220 Fifth Ave. & 103rd St.; 212-534-1672; TRAINS: 6 to 103rd St.