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Much of the lore surrounding New York is saturated with the idea that you “just missed” the real New York. This is not surprising in a city that has meant so many different things to so many different people, and is moving at a violent pace on both the micro and macro levels. Old New York and Then New York and Now New York is a divide that never budges. The Museum of the City of New York has a new take on this trope, which I have to admit looks quite appealing. Their new exhibition Analog City takes a look at NYC in the pre-digital era. I will definitely stop by to check it out.

The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St. and is open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Analog City: NYC BC (Before Computers) unveils the range of tools, technologies and lost professions that sustained New York City as it exploded into a global metropolis in the pre-digital age. Focusing on the period between the 1870s and the 1970s, Analog City examines the technologies that enabled the city to achieve its position as “Capital of the World” in an era before the speed and capacity of technologies digital today. In a contemporary context of 24-hour news cycles and high-speed commerce – in which questions about privacy, truth and the impact of social media are increasingly pressing – the exhibition reveals this era Gone are the days of paper files and pneumatic tubes, note cards and telephone directories, and examines how New York flourished as a center of finance, information, research and real estate in an age before computers personal and the Internet.

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