A few blocks uptown, head to the Lower East Side on October 22 for a look at the Jewish gangsters who once trafficked in the area, including Arnold Rothstein, Meir Lansky and Bugsy Siegel. To the west, New Yorkers can discover the West Village on a walking tour exploring the area’s history, ecology, and architecture on October 17.…

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On View April 7–August 20, 2017

The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s,The Jazz Age will be a multi-media experience of more than 400  examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, architecture, music, and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age will define the American spirit of the period. Find out more.

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is co-organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is made possible by the generous support of Madeleine K. Rudin and Grant S. Johnson in memory of Jack Rudin.

Additional major support is provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Robert and Helen Appel, Helen and Edward Hintz, and the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board. Funding is also provided by the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, The Masinter Family Foundation, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, Ehrenkranz Fund, Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, Siegelson, New York, Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, Karen and Joe Levine, and The Felicia Fund.

Jeweled Splendors of the art deco era: the prince and princess sadruddin aga khan collection


On view April 7–August 27, 2017

Over 100 extraordinary examples of cigarette and vanity cases, compacts, clocks and timepieces, and other luxury objects will be installed in the Teak Room, including exquisite works from the premier jewelry houses of Europe and America. Personal gifts from Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933–2003) to his wife, Catherine (b. 1938), the collection was amassed over three decades and displays the excitement, innovation and creativity of the art deco era at its most luxurious.

Opening Party

Celebrate the opening of The Jazz Age and be the first to see the exhibition! Become a member today.

Featured Image: Egyptian Bracelet, ca. 1925; Produced by Lacloche Frères (Paris, France); Diamonds, turquoise, sapphires, mother-of-pearl, onyx, black pearls, smoky quartz, tourmaline, gold, platinum; 17.9 x 4 cm (7 1/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Private Collection; Photo Credit: Matt Flynn

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sat + sun various times: more than 275 nyc historic landmarks and private
residences open their doors for tours and talks for the 14th annual open
house new york weekend. free.

Besides this, several buildings which are part of National Parks property within the NY Metro area are open to the public for free as well. From the OHNY website:

“Open House New York is proud to partner with the National Park Service to present Celebrating a Centennial – National Park Service, a special 2016 OHNY Weekend celebration of the nation’s most treasured sites and to help kick-off a second century of preservation and stewardship.

Experiences include after-hours tours of Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the historic home of Alexander Hamilton, and the General Grant National Memorial, the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant; NPS Ranger-led tours of the African Burial Ground National Monument, the hallowed ground where free and enslaved Africans were buried through the late 18th century, and the Stonewall National Monument, one of the National Park Service’s newest site.

Open House New York an the National Park Service are also presenting “Empty Ellis”, a special tour of Ellis Island that lands at sunrise before it opens the public. On Saturday, October 15, twenty lucky winners will have the opportunity to explore the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration as the early morning sun bathes the Great Hall in a quiet stillness rarely experienced by the site’s four million visitors each year. Tickets to this tour are being raffled here. Entries will be accepted through 5pm on Tuesday, October 5. Winners will be randomly selected and announced that day.


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Opens November 18, 2016

Peter Stuyvesant to Boss Tweed. Alexander Hamilton to Jackie Robinson. Fiorello LaGuardia to Emma Goldman. Jane Jacobs to Jay-Z. Among so many other big personalities, famous and not, the energies of New Yorkers like these have driven the city to become a subject of fascination the world over. They’re some of the many people you’ll encounter in New York at Its Core, an exhibition five years in the making, which will interpret and present the compelling story of our city’s rise from a thriving Dutch village to today’s post-WWII “Capital of the World.” In addition to exploring four centuries of New York’s history, the exhibition also delves into the challenges and opportunities the “city that never sleeps” faces in the future.

More than 400 objects, many from our rich collection, will complement state-of-the-art interactives in three galleries, occupying the Museum’s entire first floor. The stories presented within the galleries, entitled Port City, 1609–1898, World City, 1898–2012, and Future City Lab, are shaped by four themes – money, density, diversity and creativity. Taken together, these forces provide a lens for examining the character of the city throughout its history and into a changing world.

“An exhibit of this scope — three full galleries devoted to New York City’s past, present and future — doesn’t exist anywhere else in the city,” said Ronay Menschel Director Whitney W. Donhauser, in a feature just published in The New York Times. More details here.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave

New York, NY 10029

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian and popular MAS tour guide Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to major Manhattan repositories of municipal records completes the course. Robins, who will be including resources he used in researching his most recent book on Grand Central Terminal, has been leading this class for MAS for more than 25 years and past participants have included architects, engineers, building owners, preservation advocates, lawyers and landmarks commissioners and even a New York City detective.The class will meet on Tuesdays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:45pm in the Municipal Art Society’s office, located at 488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900, Manhattan. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning (date TBD) following the last class session.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Building: An introduction to the records of the Department of Buildings: new buildings and alteration applications, docket books, index cards, block and lot maps, and the mysteries of the plan desk and the computerized B.I.S. (Building Information System).

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Client: Wade through deeds, directories, obituaries, Who’s Who and local histories.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Architect: Learn how to use standard texts, guidebooks, periodicals, the Avery Index, and Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records publications.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Miscellaneous Sources: Includes the use of tax records, photograph collections, maps, libraries and historical societies.

Field Trip: Students will visit the Manhattan Department of Buildings, the New York County Register’s Office, the Municipal Archives and the City Hall Library. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning, date to be determined, following the last class session.

Course rate: $375 || $300 for MAS members and students.
Members: log in first for the discounted rate!

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Books About Greenwich Village Make Great Holiday Gifts

A Book Fair with authors and their books about the Village

Tuesday, November 17
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street
[This venue is NOT wheelchair accessible.]

Together in one room, we are happy to assemble a collection of diverse books about the history, architecture, people, and culture of the Greenwich Village area, so you can get a head start on your holiday shopping. Or you may want to buy them all for yourself!

Authors Robert Herman (The New Yorkers), Lynn Robin and Francis Morrone (Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes), James & Karla Murray (STORE FRONT and NEW YORK NIGHTS), Janko Puls (Point of View New York City), Brian Rose (Metamorphosis), Ellen Shumsky (Decade of Progress 1968-1978), and Robin Shulman (Eat the City) will be on hand to sign copies of the books you purchase. What great gifts these will make, and all in one room!

Event Location

Hudson Park Library
66 Leroy Street, between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Event organized by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

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Untapped Cities Offers Exclusive Tour of Woolworth Building Led By Cass Gilbert’s Great Grand-Daughter

from Untapped Cities website: ” In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, and provide special access to the gorgeous mezzanine level. ” Cost $45, upcoming tour date Nov. 21, 4-5pm.…

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from NYmag.com: How an 1890 Townhouse Was Brought Back From Near-Ruin

“Our first visits to our future Harlem house were conducted by flashlight because much of the building had been boarded up. It was impossible to work out what certain parts had once been like. Empty for eight years, it had previously been an SRO, a synagogue and school, and some kind of clinic. Tiny closets held unpleasant bathrooms, stuffed in after the fact. There was graffiti on the walls. The basement held two or three inches of water. The blocked drains had overflowed, ruining the ceilings. …

But it had been built as a grand family home, and behind the iron-spot Roman brick façade lay a stack of four oval rooms. Four! One would have been exciting enough. The house had kept nearly all its original fireplaces and a great deal of its paneling and plasterwork. It had been built in 1890 by the baking-soda magnate John Dwight, co-founder of Arm & Hammer. His initials were embossed in plaster on the dining-room ceiling.

Not long after we bought the house, members of the Dwight family got in touch to say they had photographs of the building from the 1920s, made when the family had left Harlem. Would we be interested?

Would we be interested! The album, together with the original blueprints, answered nearly all of our questions. Every room, except the bathrooms and the cellar, had been photographed. “It’s the Rosetta stone,” said our contractor, Mike Casey. Our architect Sam White (the great-grandson of Stanford White) said he had never worked with such a well-documented house.”


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Open House New York, which will take place on October 17th and 18th, will be more “open” than ever, with many locations  now accessible through Open Access, meaning no need to battle for those advance reservations. Untapped Cities has some highlights.…

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from Gothamist:

Have You Walked Through This Midtown Waterfall Tunnel From The 1970s?

It reminds me a bit of a Habitrail tunnel for a hamster cage. Apparently, it’s a wonder of stone and Plexiglass, and still in decent structurally sound condition.  I’ve never been there, (it’s behind the McGraw-Hill building, at 1221 6th Avenue, between 48th and 49th Streets ) but now I want to go.…

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