Date - December 18, 2016
2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10029
Please join me for a visit to the Museum of the City of New York for the exhibition New York at Its Core. Before our visit, Cultural Pursuit members and guests are invited to join me for brunch at a nearby restaurant on the Upper East Side. Choices are being considered, this listing will be updated and attendees will be contacted to confirm.
From the website: mcny.org
New York at Its Core: 400 Years of NYC History
Opens November 18, 2016
What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world.
Mulberry Street, Manhattan, ca. 1900. Photograph by Detroit Publishing Company, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York
Mulberry Street, Manhattan, 2015. Photograph by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao. Photo courtesy Museum of the City of New York
Five years in the making, New York at Its Core is the first-ever museum show to comprehensively interpret and present the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” a preeminent global city now facing the future in a changing world. New York at Its Core presents the city’s dramatic historical narrative in two galleries covering the years from 1609, when Henry Hudson took his voyage up the river that would later bear his name, through Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and culminates with the Future City Lab, a first-of-its-kind interactive space designed to encourage visitors to contemplate the challenges the city will face in the years to come and design for themselves the city of the future.
Terracotta statue by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Estella Cameron Silo in memory of her husband, James Patrick Silo, 33.38 6A-B. Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York.
The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, “Boss” Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, Donna Karan, Jay-Z, and dozens more come to life throughout the exhibition via state-of-the-art interactive technology that allows Museum guests to delve into the stories of the people who helped New York become New York. Visitors will also virtually “meet” lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz, free African colonist Maria Van Angola, and Lower East Side denizen Susie Rocco. Even animals like horses, pigs, beavers, and oysters, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight.
Sterling silver and wood ceremonial shovel from the ground breaking of the first subway, made by Tiffany and Co., 1900 (silver and oak taken from a vessel used in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, and handle shaft made of gum timber from a tree planted by Alexander Hamilton in 1803) Museum of the City of New York, gift of Mrs. William Van Wyck, 54.373. Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York
Nearly 450 historical objects and images, almost 40% of which come from the Museum’s own rich collection, will be complemented by hi-tech maps, data visualizations, multimedia installations, and dozens of “people interactives”, inviting visitors to fully engage in a multitude of ways with the unprecedented range of stories presented in New York at Its Core.
RSVP to Laura by Saturday, December 17. Please RSVP early for brunch seating option, as we get closer to the date we may not be able to add seats to our reservation.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
LUNCH AT EL PASO RESTAURANTE MEXICANO
Members and guests are invited to join me for lunch at 12:30pm at El Paso Restaurante, before our MCNY visit.
From elpasony.com: El Paso Restaurante is recognized as one of the finest Mexican restaurants in the country. With 3 Upper Manhattan locations, it features classic regional Mexican cuisine prepared with authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. We invite you to come and enjoy a unique traditional Mexican experience in a friendly atmosphere to enjoy your favorite Mexican food and drinks. El Paso Restaurante has been serving the best Mexican food over 12 years.
El Paso Restaurante Mexicano, 1642 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY