The Museum of the City of New York on 5th Ave is an eclectic treat. It’s right across from Central Park at 103rd St, and an easy stroll to my favorite hideaway in Central Park. They have a nice café with indoor seating, as well as a courtyard in front of the museum with seating, and a great shop with unique items. Make sure to walk up and down the stairwells, they are covered with funky photography murals.
The main gallery showcases Henry Hudson’s voyage into New York Harbor and tells the story of how it became the empire city and the Western Hemisphere’s busiest harbor. They have interactive exhibits featuring Alexander Hamilton, Chinatown legend Wong Chin Foo and anarchist Emma Goldman.
The second gallery covers the modernization of New York — financial growth, cultural and social life, poverty and urban crowding and more.
The Beyond Suffrage exhibit was a comprehensive look at a century of political women in New York. It spans the1920s through 1960s and depicts causes such as health, labor, the liberation movement, equality, women’s campaigns and roles in government. It showcases political documents, garments – think Rosie the Riveter, photographs, and audio-visual materials.
My favorite Notorious RBG has a section.
Stanley Kubrick’s Through a Different Lens features more than 120 photographs from the Look Magazine archive from his time as a staff photographer. This exhibit captures everyday life in NY.
The Activism exhibit spans 17th century to current citizens in NY advocating and protesting together on issues such as civil rights, LGBTQ, wages, and religious freedom.