City Lore was founded in 1986 to produce programs and publications that convey the richness of New York City’s cultural heritage. Increasingly our many efforts embrace national audiences as well. We are a non-profit membership organization. As a member you will receive special premiums upon joining and you are eligible for discounts on tickets to City Lore events. Thanks for your support!

Clockwise from left: The Calling The Transformative Power of African American Doll and Puppet Making exhibit image; Naming the Lost Memorial at Church-on-the-Bowery image by Erik McGregor; Parampara: Lines of Transmission in the Traditional Arts exhibit image by Tom Pich; City Lore staff at the 15th People’s Hall of Fame; POEMobile at Green-Wood Cemetery photo by Eva Pedriglieri.

Click on appropriate level below or Download the PDF version of the membership formtype in, print, and mail it to: City Lore, Attn: Membership, 56 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

⇒ DEVOTÉ • $500 membership includes:

  • Eternal gratitude
  • All benefits below.

⇒ AFICIONADO • $200 membership includes:

  • City Lore “Schleppers” Tote Bag
  • All benefits below.

⇒ POPULIST • $75 membership includes:

  • City Lore Art of Everyday Life T-Shirt (small, medium, large, X-large. Note: if you pay through Paypal please email with the heading T-shirt size and your selection.)


  • Exhibit catalogue for The Calling: The Transformative Power of African American Doll and Puppet Making 


⇒CITIZEN • $40 membership includes:

  • Our deepest thanks

MAKE A DONATION • I do not want a premium with my membership, please just send me mailings.


NOMINATIONS TO THE PEOPLE’S HALL OF FAME (You don’t have to join to nominate!).
Would you like to nominate a cultural hero from New York City to the People’s Hall of Fame? Be sure to give us your reasons for the nomination.

Please visit Place Matters on the web to enter in your nomination.
(Remember, our Place Matters Awards will be selected from the Census!)


Please send us an email with the heading CITY LORE ADVOCATE to letting us know which of these areas interest you. We will be in touch with you to discuss.

  • Places that Matter (see We are always supporting and advocating for community anchors and local landmarks in neighborhoods across the five boroughs, working to create a more inclusive and equitable place preservation paradigm, and providing a platform for identifying and protecting endangered places – but your help will be invaluable.
  • Street performers rights. Help us assure that street performers can exert their constitutional right to perform in parks, subway mezzanines, and streets.
  • Community Gardens. Gardens are a critical part of the city’s ecosystem, but they are always vulnerable to increasingly stringent regulations and neighborhood real estate development. Assist in sustaining gardens in your neighborhood or city-wide.
  • Combat gentrification by supporting cultural activities such as the West Indian J’Ouvert and advocating for local festivals, parades, and traditions.
  • Helping individual folk and community-based artists develop grant proposals.
  • Bringing artists into schools. City Lore has brought folk and community-based artists into public schools for more than 30 years. Do you know of New York City schools that might be interested in bringing us in?
  • Providing space for community groups and performing artists to present their work, host advocacy programs and conversations, and rehearse.