Exhibits & Education

Exhibits & Education

The agency hosts rotating exhibits. Past exhibits include "Women Make History," "In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses and the Battle for Downtown," and "Little Syria". View treasures from the archives and learn about the history of New York City.

DORIS offers programs, tours and activities related to our holdings. Students can work directly with primary sources to build a greater understanding of research and history.

Please visit Archives.NYC to view digital galleries and a sampling of our past exhibitions.

Upcoming Events
Note: If you require an auxiliary aid or service in order to attend a DORIS event, please contact our Disability Service Facilitator.


Flashback: A Living Archive of Bedford Stuyvesant
Summer 2018

The NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), in partnership with the Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park, the Central Bainbridge Community Garden, the Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, and Bailey’s Café, is kicking off its African-American community history and storytelling initiative.

With this project, DORIS aims to gather some of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s local history that will supplement City government’s historical records on the neighborhood  By documenting the community history of this neighborhood and its residents, the project the will add a diversity of voices to the City’s Archive. 

Events will take place through September 2018. Tentative schedule follows:

Schedule of Summer Activities

June 16: Juneteenth Launch at Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park

June 22: Story Circles* at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden

June 29: Story Circles* at Central Bainbridge Garden

July 14: Green Thumb Open House at Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park

July 28: Brevoort Day – stories of homecoming at Central Bainbridge Garden Park

August 18: Music and jazz in Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park. Focus on artists, performers, performance spaces, etc.

August 29: Veterans’ art and stories at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden

*Story circles are intimate storytelling and listening circles organized around a theme or issue. It is a form that came out of the Free Southern Theater and their work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights movement.


Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park:
324 Hancock St., Brooklyn 11216.

Central Bainbridge Community Garden:
277-279 Bainbridge St., Brooklyn 11233.

Jane Bailey Memorial Garden:
327-329 Greene Ave., Brooklyn 11238.

Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

Read about our City’s rich political, cultural and social history with like-minded peers. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a lively discussion.