By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, August 16, 2022
Image of the 9/11 Tribute Museum via Wiki Commons
The museum which told the stories of September 11 survivors is officially closing its doors. The 9/11 Tribute Museum will close on August 17 due to financial hardships stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, as NBC New York first reported. The museum will shift to a fully online format to continue telling victims’ stories and support those affected by the attacks.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, August 8, 2022
Rendering of the new South Meadow, to be reclaimed from a former parking lot. ©Storm King Art Center
The Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley will undergo a $45 million revamp this fall to enhance the visitor experience and better serve its growing community, the 500-acre outdoor museum announced last week. As first reported by The Art Newspaper, the project includes a new welcome area, improved parking and accessibility, and a new facility to support grand-scale works. Construction will begin later this year and the redesign is expected to be completed in 2024.
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By Devin Gannon, Tue, July 26, 2022
Photo credit: Robert Deitchler, courtesy of ©️Gensler
A museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson opened in New York City on Tuesday. Located at 75 Varick Street in Hudson Square, the 19,380-square-foot Jackie Robinson Museum celebrates both Robinson’s baseball achievements, as well as his role in the civil rights movement, and encourages a conversation about race and social issues. Designed by Gensler, the museum features immersive exhibits and artifacts, from an interactive model of Ebbets Field to his Dodgers home uniform.
By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, July 5, 2022
Photo credit: Katrina Thomas. NYC Parks Photo Archive
The city’s Parks Department opened a new photography exhibition at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery that displays more than 40 archived photographs from the department’s collection. Called “Streets In Play: Katrina Thomas, NYC Summer 1968,” the exhibit features images taken by the late photographer Katrina Thomas, who in 1968 was hired by NYC Mayor John Lindsay and tasked with capturing the city’s summer initiative, “Playstreets,” in which residential blocks were closed to vehicles and instead equipped for recreational activity.
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By Devin Gannon, Tue, June 14, 2022
Ain’t Misbehavin; Designed by Derek McLane. Rendering courtesy of the Museum of Broadway
The first permanent museum dedicated to Broadway has an official opening date. The Museum of Broadway will open its doors at 145 West 45th Street in Times Square on November 15. Along with an opening date, new renderings of the space were released on Tuesday, showing off the museum’s immersive experiences and “behind-the-curtain” look at the history of Broadway.
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By Michelle Cohen, Thu, June 9, 2022
The Morgan Garden, view looking north. Courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. © Brett Beyer, 2022.
The Morgan Library and Museum will unveil the recently restored exterior of the Morgan Library and the new Morgan Garden to the public this month. The six-year-long, $13 million project marks the first-ever comprehensive restoration of the historic 115-year-old library’s exterior. Designed by architect Charles Follen McKim for J.Pierpont Morgan, the library was completed in 1906 and later became a public institution. The project restores one of the nation’s finest examples of Neoclassical architecture, enhances the surrounding grounds, improves the building’s lighting, and enables public access to the grounds of the 36th street site for the first time ever.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, May 31, 2022
Rendering: S9 Architecture
The country’s first permanent museum dedicated to hip hop hit a major construction milestone last week. The Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) topped out in the South Bronx last week as part of the huge mixed-use project Bronx Point. The museum, located at Exterior Street and East 150th Street, aims to serve as a “living document” that will chronicle the history of the music genre in the borough where it was invented 50 years ago.
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By Devin Gannon, Thu, May 19, 2022
Epic Theatre performs in the Velez Blanco Patio at The Met. Teens Take The Met! Fall 2019. Photo credit: Filip Wolak.
Teens will take over the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday for an evening full of free creative and educational events. “Teens Take the Met!” takes place at the Upper East Side museum on May 20 and offers a jam-packed schedule of art-making, music and dance, theater, and more, including a silent dance party in the Temple of Dendur and dance lessons from Ballet Hispánico. Welcoming teens aged 13 to 18, the event returns as an on-site experience for the first time since 2019.
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, May 16, 2022
All images © D. Finnin/AMNH
Five years and a $19 million renovation later, the American Museum of Natural History’s oldest gallery reopened to the public last week. Developed alongside curators from Native Nations of the Northwest Coast, the new 10,200 square-foot Northwest Coast Hall showcases the history of the Pacific Northwest with a focus on the “scholarship and material culture of the Northwest Coast communities,” according to a press release. The gallery contains more than 1,000 artifacts including a 63-foot-long canoe, the largest Pacific Northwest dugout canoe existing today, and a diverse collection of art, from monumental carvings up to 17 feet tall to contemporary works of art from Native artists.
By Devin Gannon, Wed, May 11, 2022
All renderings courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
A New York institution is getting a makeover—and a new name. The 92nd Street Y announced on Tuesday it has rebranded to 92nd Street Y, New York (with a nickname of 92NY), as part of a post-pandemic transformation that also involves a major revamp and new online programs. This month, a $200 million redevelopment of the organization’s Upper East Side home at 1395 Lexington Avenue led by Beyer Blinder Belle will begin, starting with a renovation of its public performance space, a new dance center, and improvements to the gym.
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