Since it was founded almost 100 years ago in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York has been helping visitors connect the dots between the past, present, and future of NYC. Located at 1220 Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street in Upper Manhattan, the museum and museum store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
After moving from its first location at Gracie Mansion – the future residence of the Mayor of New York – to its current Fifth Ave location, the museum acquired treasures like Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, Duncan Phyfe furniture, a suit that was worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball and a Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse containing a Marcel Duchamp miniature.
The Museum of the City of New York also has more than 750,000 prints, photographs, costumes, paintings, toys, and sculptures. In addition to its permanent collections, the museum also is home to a number of exhibitions and events that change and rotate throughout the year.
One of those, Palaces for the People, opens on Wednesday March 26 and runs until Sept. 7. The exhibit will take a look at the more than 200 long-overlooked NYC buildings that were built with Guastavinos tiles.
The interlocking tile vaults built by Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino, Sr. and his son, Rafael Jr., have been used at landmarks throughout the city like Grand Central Terminal, the Bronx Zoo, Ellis Island and ProspectPark. All five boroughs feature buildings that contain the lightweight, fireproof and low-maintenance tiles, even though most people have never even heard of them. For architecture enthusiasts and fans of history, “Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile” is not to be missed.
Another upcoming event at the Museum of the City of New York will be taking place on Friday, March 28.
Spring is right around the corner which means it is the perfect time for the Fourth Annual Winter Thaw. From 7:00 – 10:00 pm, the museum’s Young Members Circle will play host to an evening of cocktails, music, and dancing in the MCNY’s landmark building. Party guests will have the unique opportunity to privately view special exhibitions like the City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.
Also, it’s never too early to look ahead so attendees may want to ask people who belong to the Young Members Circle about the upcoming Folk City exhibit. Scheduled to come to the museum in March 2015, Folk City will examine the American Folk Music Revival that took place in the 1950s and 1960s in Greenwich Village.