early 1900s

Tea parlors were the battleground in a war against fortune telling.

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Secret Speakeasy
Prohibition theme!
16mm Short Films, Antiques & Music!
in Soho

Sun Sept 17th
6pm – 10pm All Ages

See 16mm vintage short films
Hear original vinyl records
Enjoy actual prohibition antiques
you can handle and get demonstrated!
Drink and enjoy refreshments!

There will be “nurses” and “doctors” since alcohol is prohibited…unless you have an ailment and require a prescription from the early 1900’s. Choose your ailment
headache, rheumatism, bedwetting or hysteria!

In the spirit of a true Speakeasy
Anything can change so…
Please check this website before leaving.


The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho loft for a special

16mm movie & music fest & party!
Drinks, music & beautiful visuals!
We will bring items from our vast collection of photography / film / prohibition & music items
All eras of history some over 100 years old!
See Old 16mm circus, animations, vaudeville and more

The Museum has a show featuring
Original Rare 16mm short films from the
1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s
and you get to pick the films allll night!

Early 1900’s and some 1800’s
Stereoviews and Mutoscope cards!

The Loft at Prince Street 177 Prince Street
3rd Floor $10 to help the Museum 🙂
Between Thompson & Sullivan street
in Soho NYC 212 274 8757

This is a loungie place….so please let us know
If you have special needs and require seating.

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From Denny Daniels’ Museum of Interesting Things e-newsletter:

Love the Circus? Love vintage 16mm films? Love Interesting Things?

Well here we are to give you ALL your needs!

A 16mm Circus Movie Night at The Coney Island Museum by

The Museum of Interesting Things!

See vintage 16mm films, circus, vaudeville and nutty stuff from the early 1900’s

as well as some of our collection of interesting things that you can touch from our collection of fun well… interestings things!

All this and free popcorn too!

What better thing to do on a Friday night August 28th at 8pm.

1208 Surf Ave off West 12th Street 2nd floor in the Museum  $10


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When you approach the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York City, the first thing to be seen is a modern (2007-8) statue of a man sitting on a park bench looking above and beyond a chessboard with chess pieces.  This is Karol Badyna’s statue of Jan Karski, a member of Poland’s World War II underground who is acclaimed as a hero for having given the leaders of the western world an eyewitness account of the Warsaw ghetto and the Holocaust.  A Lucite box containing printed information sheets about him is posted on the wall of the building just beyond the work of statuary.

Jan Karski statue

Jan Karski statue by night.

The stately official building of what is now the Consulate of the Republic of Poland, was originally built to be a large and luxuriously appointed private house, the veritable picture of the common visual and architectural idea of a mansion, the Joseph Raphael De Lamar House at 233 Madison Avenue, and 37th Street, New York, New York.

According to Wikipedia, ” It was built in 1902-05 and was designed by C. P. H. Gilbert in the Beaux-Arts style. The De Lamar Mansion marked a stark departure from Gilbert’s traditional style of French Gothic architecture and was instead robustly Beaux-Arts, heavy with rusticated stonework, balconies and a colossal mansard roof. The mansion is the largest in Murray Hill and one of the most spectacular in the city; the interiors are as lavish as the exterior.

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When, a few years later, with only a relatively short time to have actually lived in his mansion, Joseph Rafael De Lamar passed on, and

“He left an estate worth $29 million to his daughter, who continued living in the house for a short time before moving to an apartment at 740 Park Avenue.”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Raphael_De_Lamar_House)

But who could and would buy such a big, expensive, opulent house?

The mansion was sold to the American Bible Society, and in 1923 the National Democratic Club purchased it for its headquarters. In 1973, the Republic of Poland bought the mansion for $900,000 to house its Consulate General in New York. The building has been thoroughly cleaned and renovated inside and retains all of its many period features. Since 2008 the consulate has also been regularly illuminated at night.

The De Lamar Mansion was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1975, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Raphael_De_Lamar_House)

I went on the NYAC Private Tour of the Polish Consulate in New York on February 4, 2015.  Once you enter, and undergo a security search of your bag and a walk through a metal detector, upon ascending a curved spiral staircase looking like something found in Cinderella’s castle, you are treated to the sight of a carefully cleaned and restored Gilded Age ballroom and former billiard room, dining room, and service pantry with frescos on walls and ceilings, and the occasional Tiffany window.…

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