Our 5 favorite exhibits from ‘This Is New York’ — a gritty, stylish city party

In a city where personal space is scarce, this 1953 photo of Michael “Tony” Vaccaro was taken because Look Magazine shows the stylish way to get the cityscape.

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In a city where personal space is scarce, this 1953 photo of Michael “Tony” Vaccaro was taken because Look Magazine shows the stylish way to get the cityscape.

Michael “Tony” Vaccaro / Museum of the City of New York

Heading to New York City this summer? A fun, family-friendly exhibit celebrating films, TV shows, music, books, fashion and art inspired by the city is now open at the Museum of the City of New York.

this is new york In honor of the centenary of the museum. As it turns out, the last 100 years have been prosperous years for painting the city.

Lily Tuttle, one of the curators, said, “1923 is really the beginning of American mass culture… radio, film, it’s the beginning of a whole cultural explosion.” She said that the purpose of the exhibition was to capture New York as the artists experienced it at the time. This is not a love letter.

“It’s a busy, dirty, smelly, rude, raucous place. And also glamorous and gorgeous and glitzy and luxurious and elegant and cool. And artists have captured that through time and in the media,” she said. “It’s all there, all at once.”

but it is a lot of To see – in this corner, the boxing gloves of Jake LaMotta raging Bull, In that corner, a video making fun of the Pizza Rat meme! – that it can be overwhelming. To help you know where to start, here are our top five picks.

1. Step on a number

Musicians have long sung songs about New York City – you can hear over 100 of them in this establishment.

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Musicians have long sung songs about New York City – you can hear over 100 of them in this establishment.

Brad Farwell / Museum of the City of New York

Step on an illuminated icon of one of the five boroughs and a song about New York is put on by musicians from that borough. speakers. There are 112 songs in almost every genre – from standards to salsa to punk to rap to reggae.

Go to the Bronx – you can hear “Jenny From the Block” by Jennifer Lopez. Jump on Queens – Hey that’s “Rockaway Beach” from The Ramones. And while many songs have been written about Manhattan, you might be lucky enough to hear a famous song—like Frank Sinatra’s version of “New York, New York.”

2. Immerse Yourself in the City

Sixteen Screens brings you the story of New York over the past hundred years – as seen through visual media.

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Sixteen Screens brings you the story of New York over the past hundred years – as seen through visual media.

Brad Farwell / Museum of the City of New York

sixteen screens. 400 movies, TV shows and documentaries including scenes you know Ghost Busters, Do the right thing, the muppets conquer manhattan, working Girl And in the heights, Thousands of clips glow in the dark, illuminating the ways New York is portrayed — busy and dirty and dangerous, sure, but also glamorous, aspiring and liberating. A place to yourself… even if you live in an apartment with four other people and hundreds of cockroaches.

lin manuel mirandas in the heights “This Is New York” is one of 400 films to be made.

Macaulay Poole/’In the Heights’, 2021, reproduction courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Macaulay Poole/’In the Heights’, 2021, reproduction courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


lin manuel mirandas in the heights “This Is New York” is one of 400 films to be made.

Macaulay Poole/’In the Heights’, 2021, reproduction courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

3. Drooling at Skyline Cape

Versace, Inc. Hand-studded New York skyline cape and mini dress by designer Zhang Toei. Expresses the grandeur of old black-and-white movies about Manhattan.

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This floor-length white silk hat is hand-crafted with pearls depicting the New York skyline, which twinkle like the city lights. The silhouettes of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are reminiscent of the grandeur of all 1930s black-and-white films set in Manhattan, with their top hats and supper clubs.

But it’s just one of those items that celebrates the city’s love affair with fashion — and fashion’s love affair with the city. Keen Eyes Will Also Spy the Ballet Dress Sarah Jessica Parker Wore in the Original Pilot Episode sex and the City, And next to the handsome cape hangs the denim graffiti jacket painted by the artist Part One (Enrique Torres), who pioneered such vibrant street text in the 1970s and 1980s. In New York you can imagine people standing next to each other, one in a cape, the other in a coat, waiting for a taxi.

“The idea is that New York is brilliantly prepared — or not,” Tuttle said.

4. Hear Lee Delaria and Matthew Broderick read favorite books

A long, narrow private room holds a library of books and cases of DVDs. Take a book off the shelf, put it on a scanner and listen to Matthew Broderick from a John Cheever short story giant radio or Lee Delaria reading an excerpt from a children’s classic Harriet Spies by Lewis Fitzhugh. Or try a DVD case instead and watch a clip of it jefferson, seinfeld Or I love Lucy, Each work on the shelf reflects a view of a New Yorker’s home, which is often a busy apartment with a view of the neighbors.

Tuttle said it’s a reminder that people may think of the city as a public place of spectacle and performance, but the people who live here often make private dramas.

Tuttle laughed and said, “Sometimes you can catch a murderer through your window and other times you end up yelling at each other.” He himself is a lifelong New Yorker. “But it’s basically the idea of ​​tight quarters, bickering, and spying on your neighbors.”

5. Salsa at Orchard Beach

Salsa Sunday at Orchard Beach2023, made For exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.

Cheyenne Julian and Chapter NY, New York

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Cheyenne Julian and Chapter NY, New York

For nearly 50 years, Latinos in the Bronx have met for salsa on Sundays at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Cheyenne Julian’s painting may not literally take you there, but when you look at it you feel the warmth of the misty sun and hear the beat of the music.

The rest of the art scattered around the galleries will also blow you away. It is like a treasure hunt. There’s a quilt by Faith Ringgold, featuring a family enjoying a quiet dinner on a rooftop terrace; a lonely glimpse at a movie theater with Edward Hopper; Illustration of a brutal knockout punch from George Bellows. Life-size plaster casts of girls playing double dutch on a Bronx street and a lamppost also delight Sesame Street,

All this reflects the parade of people that is daily life in New York City.

Tuttle said that every few years, such as during a pandemic, someone announces that the city is over.

But art like this proves it isn’t, she said. “Once you get away from the hot dogs and the pizza and the dirty apartments and the subway, it’s like, no, the city will always rise again, because of the creativity we’re celebrating in this exhibit.”

Faith Ringgold’s Quilt Woman on a Bridge #1 of 5: Tar Beach Shares a corner with photos that show how New Yorkers find peace in a busy city.

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Faith Ringgold’s Quilt Woman on a Bridge #1 of 5: Tar Beach Shares a corner with photos that show how New Yorkers find peace in a busy city.

Brad Farwell / Museum of the City of New York

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