• City Lore is exhibits that celebrate NYC's grassroots culture.
  • City Lore is exhibits that celebrate NYC's grassroots culture.
  • City Lore is exhibits that celebrate NYC's grassroots culture.
  • City Lore is preserving New York's cultural heritage
  • City Lore is documenting New York stories
  • City Lore is preserving Places that Matter
  • City Lore is artists in schools
  • City Lore is exploring the city
  • City Lore is the POEMobile in your neighborhood
  • City Lore is the People's Hall of Fame
  • City Lore is where you find rich resources


Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers

On view 
May 19 – July 31, 2016
September 15 – November 13, 2016 
Please note that City Lore Gallery will be closed on October 21st & 22nd

Mixing fashion, craft and culture, Mad Hatters showcases the identities that New Yorkers carve out for themselves by donning a simple piece of headwear in a crowded city. Showcasing both the everyday hats of NYC, as well as the artistic creations of the master milliners in the city, the exhibit celebrates “New York hat-itude.”  

Gallery Hours:
Thurs – Fri  2 – 6pm
Sat – Sun 12 – 6pm
and by appointment
To schedule a visit outside of normal hours, please email Liz at liz@citylore.org. 


Keep the Grassroots Growing

Read Ray Allen‘s piece on the JOuvert festival’s history & its modern role in preserving Trinidadian traditions.

Join City Lore in preserving the things we love about New York-places that matter, street performers, folk artists, community gardens, ethnic social clubs, Coney Island, and the New York City accent. 

Learn about NYC’s grassroots culturesSupport what’s distinctive about New York and track how the city is doing with the People’s City Report Card.

Support local landmarks and cherished sites –Defend places endangered in the ebb and flow of New York City’s rapidly changing cultural landscape through our Place Matters program.

Street performers in New York City – Find out the dos and don’ts of street performing in our Know Your Rights online guide.

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