This November, the Museum of the City of New York (one of my favs!) is opening a new exhibit called New York At Its Core. The exhibit is a very comprehensive look at the many ways New York City transformed from a little Dutch trading village into one of the biggest and greatest cities in the world.
The video here is one of the trailers the Museum of the City of New York has put online -- this one tells the story of the Lower East Side with some great anecdotes from the Russ family (of Russ & Daughters fame). Check it out. The exhibit opens November 18th!