A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects at New-York Historical Society, August 22 – November 30, 2014

A History of New York in 101 Objects is a new book by New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts and features objects from the New-York Historical Society collection. The exhibition together with the book constitute a unique history of New York.

Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, ca. 1630. Black ink, wash, watercolor, chalk, gouache. New-York Historical Society, Gift of J. Carson Brevoort

Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, ca. 1630. Black ink, wash, watercolor, chalk, gouache. New-York Historical Society, Gift of J. Carson Brevoort

Draft wheel (the only to survive New York City's Civil War Draft Riots), 1863. Wood, metal. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Frederic C. Wagner, 1865.6

Draft wheel (the only to survive New York City’s Civil War Draft Riots), 1863. Wood, metal. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Frederic C. Wagner, 1865.6

Tiffany & Co. (founded 1837), Sterling silver controller handle used to operate the first subway train, 1904.  New-York Historical Society, Gift of George B. McClellan, 1922.103

Tiffany & Co. (founded 1837), Sterling silver controller handle used to operate the first subway train, 1904.  New-York Historical Society, Gift of George B. McClellan, 1922.103

Door with graffiti tags from the studio of Jack Stewart, ca. 1970’s. Metal, paint. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Regina Serniak Stewart, 2011.3

Door with graffiti tags from the studio of Jack Stewart, ca. 1970’s. Metal, paint. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Regina Serniak Stewart, 2011.3

World Trade Center dust, 2001. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Andrew H. Davis, 2002.19

World Trade Center dust, 2001. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Andrew H. Davis, 2002.19

Subway token, ca. 1995-2002. Metal. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Margaret K. Hofer, 2003.44.2

Subway token, ca. 1995-2002. Metal. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Margaret K. Hofer, 2003.44.2

Images courtesy New-York Historical Society