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“Grid exhibit worth the visit”

Museum of the City of New York
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Ranked #105 of 1,098 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Currently Under Construction: "New York at its Core" a landmark three gallery exhibition covering NYC's 400+ year history. Coming this November!
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“Grid exhibit worth the visit”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

this was my first time to this museum, and it is very highly quality, particularly if you are fascinated with NY history. The special exhibit that opened Jan 2012 about how the grid system helped NY grow is fascinating. However, the "grid" in the exhibit itself is not conducive to large crowds; perhaps this will get better as the exhibit is not so new. When every New Yorker is trying to find their condo or townhouse on the maps and photos, it really slows things down!

Visited January 2012
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“Never crowded”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

This museum is never crowded. It is at 104 and Fifth Ave. The easiest way to get there is the subway stop on the 6 at 103. Vonus: lunch at any of the Mexican restuarants at 103 or 104 and Lexington. There are a basement, first floor and second floor with exhibits. The first floor exhibitions change from time to time. The amazing dollhouse is ont he first floor.

Visited December 2011
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“It's On The Grid”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

The Museum of the City Of New York is housed in an elegant Colonial Revival building on the northern end of Manhattan's Museum Mile. Admission is by donation and its collections present New York City's history from its beginnings as a small Dutch Settlement to the bustling cosmopolitan city it is today. The exhibits constantly change so even if you've been there before it's worth a return trip.

On the day my friend and I visited, they were giving out free ice cream so our first stop was the ground floor cafeteria. While waiting for the elevator in order to return to the main part of the museum we admired the collection of vintage transportation toys and the street-scenes photographs of Jeannette Ferrary.

2011 was the 200th anniversary of "The Greatest Grid"; the 1811 Commission's new plan of streets and avenues extending from the southern tip of the borough to 155th street. You can see this original plan as well as other maps, prints and photographs documenting the formation and growth of the city's streets and neighborhoods.

One object in this exhibit that i found very interesting was an original surveyor's monument that marked where 4th avenue and 26th street would eventually be. Another, was a series of photographs showing a shanty town that had sprung up in the still undeveloped upper Manhattan.

The display space itself was very attractive with mirrors, glass and appealing lighting. It showed off all the objects to their best advantage.

To complement "The Greatest Grid" there is another exhibit called "The Unfinished Grid" where architects and designers were invited to speculate on what the city might look like in the future. One intriguing idea presented was to make use of the current street intersections for ferris wheels, wind turbines, solar panels and public gardens. Could this be New York's future?

There are two other exhibits that should be checked out. One is a tribute to the work of Pritzker Prize winning architect Kevin Roche who designed many contemporary buildings around the city including the Ford Foundation.

The other exhibit is dedicated to Cecil Beaton who was an artist, photographer and costume designer for the ballet, the opera and Broadway. He photographed numerous icons of the 20th century including Wallis Simpson, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol; all of which are featured in the exhibit along with selections of his costumes and drawings.

Also currently in the museum is: Carrie Stettheimer's exquisite doll house, Leonard Freed's collection of photographs of the police at work during the crime-ridden 1970's, and a display of six furnished rooms arranged chronologically from Colonial times to the 20th century.

Before my friend and I departed, we watched an excellent 22 minute film called Timescapes which encapsulated New York City's history and pointed out how resilient the city and its people are. Every time New York falls upon hard times, it picks itself up, reinvents itself and like the phoenix, emerges stronger and better. And that in a nutshell was the theme of The Museum of the City of new York.

Visited December 2011
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“skip”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

i would skip this museum: it is located in harlem, and it was seemingly only ok interesting....

Visited January 2011
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“Great museum to understand the history of NYC”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

The is one of the great museums on the museum mile (5th Avenue). It is fairly inexpensive and I loved it. I grew up in NYC and I found out things about this city that I never knew before. As with most museums they have constantly changing exhibits but they all revolve around NYC and the people who have made this city great

Visited November 2011
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