City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York

For some two centuries, working people’s movements have shaped New York—and vice versa. Some of the first labor organizations in the country were formed by the city’s artisans in the early 19th century, and some of the nation’s foremost labor leaders have been New Yorkers, from Samuel Gompers and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to A. Philip Randolph, David Dubinsky, and Sidney Hillman.

But working New Yorkers have also struggled with each other over pay, power, and inclusion. New waves of workers—women, immigrants, people of color, and the “unskilled”—have repeatedly defined their own movements for a better life, and in the process remade city life in ways that affect all. City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York traces the social, political, and economic story of these diverse workers and their movements in New York through rare documents, artifacts, and footage, and considers the future of labor in the city.


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New York At Its Core

Permanent exhibition

Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history and future come alive in this first-of-its-kind exhibition, through the stories of innovation,...

Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History

Temporary exhibition at Museum of the City of New York until 06.10.2019

Cycling in the City  traces the bike’s transformation of urban transportation and leisure and explores the extraordinary diversity of cycling cultures in the city, past and present. The...

The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs

Temporary exhibition at Museum of the City of New York until 01.12.2019

The   Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs  examines New York City from the tumultuous 1960s to the dawn of the 1970s through the lens of photographer Fred W. McDarrah....

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah

Temporary exhibition at Museum of the City of New York until 31.12.2019

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, an uprising began against a police raid of a Greenwich Village bar—the Stonewall Inn—known to serve lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people....

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