Wednesday Nights at MCNY

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm
The Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York

For being New York’s own special museum–I mean, c’mon, it’s the Museum of the City of New York–MCNY doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Tourists from Spain and Germany flock to the Met, MoMA and the likes, but really, those powerhouse institutions feature mostly collections of their own European heritage that us Yanks have acquired over the years. If you want to learn about the material, cultural and artistic legacy of New York, head to the Museum of the City of New York on 5th Ave at 103rd.

MCNY has a pretty fascinating collections of items you won’t find anywhere else–their collection of photographs of New York, dating back pretty much to the birth of the photographic medium, is quite spectacular. They also have impressive collections of decorative arts and fashion specific to New York’s most trend-setting and fashionable collectors from 17th century to the present. And let’s not forget, MCNY’s galleries devoted to a subject that practically defines the New York experience: Broadway, 18th century to present. In addition to their permanent collections, the museum puts on some interesting special exhibitions–currently up is Dutch Seen, a show of Dutch photography in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam (ok, so maybe the bend the homegrown themes just a wee bit).

One of the very cool things about MCNY is that this past week they kicked off their “Speak Easy” evenings, on Wednesday nights from 6-9 pm in July and August. It’s one of the few museums I know in NYC offering some cool late night event on humpday! Included with the price of admission to see their galleries, you get a free drink and can enjoy Prohibition era music on their gorgeous Fifth Avenue terrace. I have such an affinity for the jazz era–I will definitely be checking it out this summer! See you there.

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