• Founded in 1986, City Lore is the first organization in the
    United States to focus on urban folk culture

PEOPLE’s HALL OF FAME

Renee “Juice” Flowers, 2007 People's Hall of Fame Honoree, and Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team

Learn about NYC’s longstanding honor for the (extra)ordinary people who make New York, New York.

Peruse the iconic individuals who have been honored with our “token of esteem” — a sculpted bronze plate-size NYC subway token — since the award was established in 1993. 

Nominate a venerable folk cultural hero to the People’s Hall of Fame.

City Of Memory


Watch video of NYC’s distinctive characters and enjoy great clips from City Lore’s 25 years of documenting city life.

Take a virtual tour of many NYC neighborhoods led by wonderful local tour guides.  Link to a full list of all the stories and tours on the site.

Add your own story!  And listen to a great intro that tells you how to do it!

Watch our YouTube channel and our playlists on oral histories, New York neighborhoods, grassroots poetry, and Place Matters. Don’t forget to subscribe!

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