Yesterday I was kind of obsessed with Central Park as I walked along the north side to the Museum of the City of New York. (Even though my constant picture taking had people asking where I was from. Can’t a girl just enjoy taking pictures?)
Can you blame me? The park was absolutely verdant yesterday and I totally could have spent the 75 degree weather wandering the park. Especially when I discovered this on 5th and 104th:
I felt like I ended up back in Ireland. That’s what I love about the city, when you discover random things you never knew existed. Later on in the afternoon, I saw a wedding limo pull up here to take their photographs. This is especially convenient if you choose to host your reception at the gorgeous building that is the Museum of the City of New York.
Oh hey Alexander Hamilton
The Museum of the City of New York focuses on exhibits related to the culture and history of New York. The quote from Abraham Lincoln engraved above the main staircase pretty much sums up their mission:
” I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
It’s a very fun museum, and I find the exhibits insanely interesting. The last time I visited I saw the Mannahatta exhibit, about how New York looked before settlement. This time around I saw Charle’s Addam’s New York (Open until June 8 ) and Cars, Culture and the City (Open until August 8).
Charles Addam’s is most famously the creator of the Addams Family, but he also created a multitude of cartoons about New York City for the New Yorker. As I walked around the gallery looking at his watercolor and ink cartoons, I could hear everyone around me laughing.
Cars, Culture and the City was jam packed with information and I thought the design of the exhibit was impeccable. When you first walk in, it seems like a car show room from an earlier decade. A nice touch? The projection screen in the rear playing clips from movies that highlight New York City’s relationship with cars such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall and Seinfeld. Honestly, I never think of a NYC as a car city which is obviously a fallacy considering the traffic on the streets, but rather I associate NYC with public transportation since I rely heavily on the subway and the trains. It was fascinating to look at the past century of the city in a new light.
And that’s why I love museums, for the opportunity to see and learn something new that challenges your preconceptions of something. The Museum City of New York is the perfect bastion of the city’s culture.