|Approaching the museum from the north.|
It's in a beautiful old brick and marble building.
|Alexander Hamilton, America's original captain of finance.|
|Obligatory selfie as Sally & the girls head to the front door.|
MCNY is built like a townhouse, with the lower levels given over to admissions, a gift shop, a (free!) locker room, and restrooms. From the first floor, you take a curving marble staircase up to the main levels, which house a variety of exhibits showing the different facets of the City's history. On our trip, these included NYC's activist tradition, its upper-class extravagances (sponsored by Tiffany!), cartoons from The New Yorker, and Yiddish theater.
|Sally heads up the grand staircase.|
|Advocacy is a way of life in New York. Bicycle advocacy is a new|
phenomenon, but it has changes the City profoundly.
|Apocryphal sayings line the back staircase.|
My other favorite thing in the museum was the portrait gallery of prominent New Yorkers, including early colonists, statesmen like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, and latter dignitaries that made their name by, well, making money.
|The modern history of ladies' fashion in one graphic.|
|A city of immigrants, New York has a long history of nativism, for better or worse.|
|Alexander Hamilton holds pride of place alongside Washington in the portrait gallery.|
|My favorite of the "Activist" collection, this exhibit traces the near-death|
and resurrection of the South Bronx, where I worked when I first came to NYC.
|A portrait from the Tiffany gallery.|
There are lots of these, and many are absolutely stunning.