“Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis”

Things to do, Exhibitions
Jacob A. Riis, An Italian Home under a Dump, c. 1890
Photograph: Courtesy the Museum of the City Of New York

Germs, bacteria, viruses—New Yorkers encounter them by the millions every day while going about their business. Just thinking about what could be covering those poles in subway cars is enough to make your skin crawl. But contagious  bugs have always been part of city life, and in this exhibition, the Museum of the City of New York charts the history of diseases in Gotham, and the many strategies that municipal authorities employed to combat them. 

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