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Museum of the City of New York

New York: Your Oyster

From the Lenape Indians to present day Manhattanites, residents of New York know that oysters are a local delicacy. Once home to more than half of the world's oyster population, New York was basically built on oysters. More than just a tasty treat, this mighty mollusk has near-magical powers, filtering up to 50 gallons of water a day while living in shells that help solidify shorelines. Adventure through the fascinating history of a New York that was once abundant with oysters and hopes to be again in the future.

  • 1.

    Downing's Oyster House

    Downing's Oyster House

    New York's most famous oyster house was also a safe house.

  • 2.

    New York Harbor

    New York Harbor

    Once home to over half the world's oysters, the goal is to have a billion back in the harbor by 2030

  • 3.

    Trinity Church

    Trinity Church

    Landmark built with lime derived from oyster shells.

  • 4.

    Pearl Street

    Pearl Street

    Legend has it was paved in oyster shells...or was it?

  • 5.

    Billion Oyster Project

    Billion Oyster Project

    Replenishing New York's once thriving oyster population to clean water and restore shorelines

  • 6.

    Billion Oyster Pavilion

    Billion Oyster Pavilion

    Temporary art installation, permanent help for the Billion Oyster Project

  • 7.

    Grand Central Oyster Bar

    Grand Central Oyster Bar

    A New York oyster institution for over 100 years.

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