The Museum of the City of New York is an art gallery and history museum founded in 1923 to present the history of New York City and its people. It is located at the northern end of the Museum Mile section of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, between 103rd and 104th Streets, facing Central Park.
The museum's collections include paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs featuring New York City and its residents, as well as costumes, decorative objects and furniture, toys, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military collections, police and fire collections, and a theater collection (documenting the golden age of Broadway theater).
Among the rare items in the museum's collection is a chair that once belonged to Sarah Rapalje, daughter of Joris Jansen Rapalje of Nieuw Amsterdam, and said to be the first child born in New York State of European parentage.
The Museum has presented exhibitions on the golden age of New York baseball, the city's transformation under planner Robert Moses, and the hip-hop fashion revolution in New York. Recent public programs have included a talk by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Robert Caro, an interior design symposium on New York's great residential spaces, and a musical tribute to the rich heritage of Yiddish theater and its influences on Broadway.