NY Times: A History of New York in 50 Objects

Click here to see “A History of New York in 50 Objects” by Sam Robertson at the NY Times website. You can click on each one of the items for a discussion on its importance to New York. It’s a wonderful list of stuff, from the silver and ebony ceremonial subway throttle made by Tiffany’s for the 1904 NYC Subway’s maiden voyage, to the oyster that fed New Yorkers for hundreds of years, to the Checker taxi cab. For those of you who listened to “A History of the World in 100 Objects” on NPR and pined for a more local version, here it is – it’s a fond romp.

Photo credit: The New York Times.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.