Collecting #CovidStoriesNYC
Open Call via Social Media for Images Documenting a Socially-Distanced NYC
For nearly a century, the Museum of the City of New York has been documenting New York City’s stories regardless of their nature.At any given moment, there are a myriad of stories playing out on our streets, in public and private institutions, and in our homes. The Museum wants to share your stories as experienced through the lens of this COVID-19 crisis, arguably one of the most challenging times in New York City history.

MCNY would like to see how the entire city, across all five boroughs, is viewing this moment in our collective history. We invite everyone to share photos—taken from an appropriately socially-distanced perspective—documenting personal experiences during this challenging time. Post those images on Instagram using the hashtag #CovidStoriesNYC, and tag @MuseumOfCityNY.

Museum staff will review the images on a rolling basis, selecting images that reflect on the impact of this event on life in this dense, creative, and resilient city to repost on our social media feed and other digital channels.

Please Note:
We cannot accept physical objects at this time. That said, if you have an object that you think would help the Museum’s collection tell the story of COVID-19 in New York to future generations, please email a photo of it to Unfortunately, we are only able to reply to emails regarding materials we are considering for acquisition, and we request that you do not mail any items to the Museum. Until we have guidance from health officials, for the health and safety of our staff, we will not be accepting physical objects from the public.

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