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Exhibition Detail
Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

May 22nd, 2012 - October 21st, 2012
May 22nd, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wurts Brothers, "Bowery Savings Bank", Wurts Brothers, "Bowery Savings Bank",
© Courtesy of Museum of the City of New York
upper east side
10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday through Friday, and 10 AM to 8:30 PM on Saturday
architectural renderings, advertisements, banking instruments

Capital of Capital: New York's Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy explores how the economic dynamo that is New York was made possible in great measure by its innovative and controversial banking sector. Tracing the trajectory of the city’s banks from the founding of the Bank of New York by Alexander Hamilton in 1784 to their primacy in today’s nation and world, the exhibition utilizes rare historical objects and images, including banking instruments, architectural renderings, and advertisements, to tell a fascinating saga of growth, innovation, and, at times, unintended consequences. In so doing, it also reveals how New York City’s particular circumstances—geography, human capital, and political alignments—helped make finance a major component not only of Gotham’s economy but also of its identity.

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