Treasures of New York


This collection draws upon the powerful documentaries of public television’s series, Treasures of New York. The series explores New York's premier cultural establishments. The video segments have been carefully selected to engage students with key curriculum concepts from all subject areas, ranging from STEM through history.

  • The Importance of Mentors in Theater | Treasures of New York: The Drama League

    Explore how young theater directors benefit from mentoring in this video from Treasures of New York | The Drama League. Each year a cohort of fellows are selected to receive professional training as part of The Drama League’s Directors Project. Students hear advice from experienced theater professionals and are encouraged to think about the kind of preparation required for a career in the theater.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Advice for Pursuing a Career in the Theater | Treasures of New York: "The Drama League"

    Pursuing a career in the theater can seem intimidating and overwhelming. In this video from Treasures of New York | The Drama League, students receive advice from successful theater professionals like director Diane Paulus and actress Judith Light. From practical suggestions like staying informed by reading the newspaper, to more general advice like finding one’s passion, students hear from and are inspired by the words of experienced artists.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Supporting Theater Then and Now | Treasures of New York: "The Drama League"

    Explore the history of The Drama League and New York theater in this video from Treasures of New York | The Drama League. Students are asked to consider how the theater community depends on help from organizations like The Drama League to educate the public about the performing arts and to prepare future artists for a career in the theater industry. In addition to learning more about The Drama League, teaching tips ask students to create drama guides and awards for their own school productions.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Exploring Scale and Proportion at the Holiday Train Show | Treasures of New York: "Holiday Train Show"

    Explore scale and proportion with this media gallery from Treasures of New York that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the design and installation of the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

    This annual event features more than 150 replicas of iconic New York landmarks made entirely of natural materials, such as bark, twigs, seeds and pine cones. Unlike an architectural model, which is a perfect replica of a building, botanical architecture model is scaled down to a size that takes into account the 3D landscape. Traversing through the New York City landscape are more than 20 large-scale G-gauge model trains, which is the largest available scale in model train.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Analyzing its Geometry and Energy Efficiency | Treasures of New York: "Hearst Tower"

    Students solve a real-world mathematical problem involving the area of a triangle and learn about how energy conservation is applied to architectural design using video from Treasures of New York: Hearst Tower. Utilizing text-dependent discussion questions and classroom activities called “teaching tips,” students have an opportunity to take a deep dive into mathematics, STEM content and the arts.

    Grades: 6-8
  • First Encounters: The Lenape, Henry Hudson, and the Power of Objects | Treasures of New York: "Museum of the City of New York"

    Explore how the power of objects opens up new perspectives on history in this video from Treasures of New York: “Museum of the City of New York.” A Lenape ceremonial club takes center stage as curators of a new exhibit examine the artifact and discuss its importance in understanding early encounters between the Lenape tribe and Dutch explorers like Henry Hudson. Support materials include a background essay, lesson plan, student handout, discussion questions, and teaching tips.

    The Museum of the City of New York has a nearly 100 year history, from its first days operating out of Gracie Mansion to the recent opening of its ambitious new permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core. Since its founding, the museum has worked to display, explore, and celebrate New York City’s past, present, and future.

    Grades: 4-12
  • History as Narrative | Treasures of New York: "Museum of the City of New York"

    Learn about presenting history as a character-driven narrative in this video from Treasures of New York: “Museum of the City of New York.”  Historians discuss the difficulty in attempting to summarize the story of New York City and to select individuals who represent key moments in time for a new museum exhibition. Support materials include a lesson plan, student handout, discussion questions, and teaching tips.

    The Museum of the City of New York has a nearly 100 year history, from its first days operating out of Gracie Mansion to the recent opening of its ambitious new permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core. Since its founding, the museum has worked to display, explore, and celebrate New York City’s past, present, and future.

    Grades: 4-12
  • The Gilded Age: Architecture for the Elite | Treasures of New York: "Stanford White"

    This series of videos from Treasures of New York: Stanford White presents the Gilded Age, an era of great wealth and remarkable architecture. Through video, discussion questions, and classroom activities, students explore how architecture, literature, and art reflect the issues and concerns of the time period, and how the era still resonates today.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Public Art in the Gilded Age | Treasures of New York: "Stanford White"

    Learn about the famous statue sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, “Diana of the Tower,” that sat atop Stanford White’s Madison Square Garden during the Gilded Age in this video from Treasures of New York: Stanford White. Through video, discussion questions, and classroom activities explore how public art reflects society and serves as a vivid connection to history.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Engineering the Next Generation of Urban Buildings

    Learn how engineers use the engineering design process to respond to inaccessible bedrock, noisy subways, and more inthis video from Treasures of New York | “The Jerome L. Greene Science Center.” In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the engineering design process to design a soundproof building.

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions, teaching tips, and a handout. For more resources from Teaching Engineering in New York, check out the collection page.

    Grades: 6-12