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.
Note: If you require an auxiliary aid or service in order to attend a DORIS event, please contact our Disability Service Facilitator.
Note: To request language interpretation services, please contact the Language Access Coordinator at least three (3) business days before an event.
The Lung Block: A New York City Slum & Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community
April 26 - August, 2019
31 Chambers Street, First Floor Gallery, NYC 10007
In 1933, a lively Italian immigrant enclave on the Lower East Side was wiped from the map. Although indistinguishable from the rest of the Lower East Side in many ways, this particular block existed under the shadow of a sinister narrative: death was embedded in the very walls of each building. According to the wealthy white Progressive reformers, this Lung Block – a generic term for a place where tuberculosis proliferated – represented a threat not just to its poor immigrant residents, but to the city at large.
Explore the history of immigrant housing and reform efforts in NYC at the start of the 20th century through one community.
Exhibit Opening and Reception: The Lung Block
Thursday, April 25th - 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 111), New York, NY 10007
Join the NYC Department of Records and exhibit curators Stefano Morello & Kerri Culhane for the opening of the Lung Block exhibit – which tells the story of a lively Italian immigrant enclave on the Lower East Side wiped from the map in 1933.
Tour: Revisiting the Lower East Side’s Most Notorious Block
Sunday, May 5th - 11 a.m.
St. Joseph's Church, 53 Catherine Street, New York, NY 10038
Join us for a walking tour led by Kerri Culhane and Stefano Morello to revisit a long-lost Lower East Side with the curators of the current exhibition “The Lung Block: A New York City Slum and Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community,” on view at the Department of Records. We will visit cultural, religious, and residential landmarks within the Two Bridges neighborhood, as we explore public and private housing responses to poverty and disease, and discuss immigration and gentrification in early 20th century New York.
Author's Talk: The Central Park by Cynthia Brenwall
Thursday, May 9th - 6 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Main Lobby), NYC 10007
Meet the author of a remarkable new book which tells the story of how the great park came to be. The Central Park Book: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure by Cynthia Brenwell (Abrams 2019) features hundreds of color photographs illustrations and plans, including the original winning entry for the park’s design by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calbert Vaux. The Central Park is a magnificent art book and a lesson on what visionary urban planning can do for a great city.
Municipal Library Monthly Book Club
New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009
by Teresa Carpenter
Wednesday, May 1st - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 112), New York, NY 10007
Read what Henry Hudson, Mark Twain, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anne Morrow Lindbergh - amongst a diverse group of writers - thought and felt about New York through diary entries. From the whimsical to the sober, this book will offer something for everyone.