Many of New York City’s museums are located in grand buildings designed specifically to show off the grandeur of their collections and to make a statement regarding the cultural standing of New York City. However, when the City’s museums were nascent they had to make due with whatever space they could. Their early homes were, for the most part, smaller, mirroring the size of their original budgets and collections. Looking back at the former homes of eight New York City institutions enables visitors to fully appreciate their current state.
“On Thursday we heard about this storm that might be brewing, but thought nothing of it. By Friday morning, we knew it was serious.” Daniel Avila, a photographer at the NYC Parks Department, took one of the 200 photos featured in The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit, “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy.”
One year ago, New Yorkers awoke to a grave reality: we were not only included in hurricane season, but highly vulnerable to it. Sandy may not have devastated you directly, but we all knew someone, and certainly were all impacted. In the age of Instagram, Rising Waters brings together the stories of both pro and amateur photographers, experienced through photos.
Continuing up Fifth Avenue from where the previous installment of Don’t Forget to Look Up ended, this stretch along the upper half of Central Park is known as Museum Mile, and it is indeed home to an abundance of august institutions, starting with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ending with the Museum for African Art at Central Park’s northeast corner. Trying to take in all of this cultural treasure trove might be overwhelming, but we’ll stick to what we can see from Fifth Avenue–which is still quite a bit!
An entire apartment is contained in this little block!
How would you fare living in an apartment of just 325 square feet? Most of us cringe at the thought, but the “Making Room” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York has been attempting to show that it is possible and actually quite comfortable.
Our curated events picks for this week: Participate in video installation art with Made in NY, taste Bronx Brewery’s new Belgian Pale Ale, Gimme the Loot film screening at IFC.
MONDAY, MARCH 18: Attention Heroes, villains, crusaders, cyborgs, mutants and creatures of the night. The Super-human Underground comes together to celebrate our collective feats of wonder with a night of Underground movies and dangerously cheap booze at the infamous Gotham city lounge. Featuring: “Bodega Chips” Directed by Jamie Idea, an award winning short film by Maxwell Cohn, a speciel preiview of our new secret film project, and the premier of “The Life and Times of Dr. Adventure”. This is a special event, please come in costume and prepared for a night of mind-bending superhuman feats. 7pm at Gotham City Lounge, 1293 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn. RSVP for the password. (more…)
Our curated events picks for this week: E.L. Doctorow reading at MCNY, No Longer Empty + Local Roots 5 course fundraising dinner, Chinatown Restaurant Week.
MONDAY, MARCH 11: “We stood in the shadow of the Trylon and Preisphere, and I felt these familiar forms, huge and white, granted some sort of beneficence to my shoulders.” So says the narrator of World’s Fair: A Novel, the 1986 National Book Award Winner by celebrated novelist E.L. Doctorow, which recreates the magic of the 1939 New York World’s Fair as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Join Mr. Doctorow as he reads excerpts from his novel, followed by a discussion with the audience. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. 6:30pm at MCNY, 1220 5th Avenue. Reservations required. $6 Museum members / $8 students & seniors / $12 general admission. RSVP here. (more…)