NYC Labor History on Display


The story of New York’s labor movement is told by each new generation of workers and activists, adding voice to the chorus of a social and political movement that helped transform a city—and a nation. On May 1, International Workers Day, the Museum of the City of New York opened a new exhibit that focuses on this important, fascinating and on-going story.

The exhibit: “City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York,” traces the history of organized labor in the city; from its beginnings with organizing in the early 1800s by local artisans, through the intense worker struggles of the 20th century to the inclusive, diverse movement that it has become. The exhibit includes a variety of artifacts and interactive displays to enhance the narrative.

DC 37 is featured prominently in “City of Workers.” In particular, it highlights the role the union played in saving the city from bankruptcy during the dark days of the fiscal crisis in the 1970s.

The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103 St. For more information about this exhibit and other events at the museum, check out their website at

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 20, 2020.

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