Get insights into the amazing world of skyscrapers – from the earliest in Chicago late in the 19th century to the “Supertalls” we are watching pop up all over New York City – and everything in between. Come for a private tour and a talk with the Gallery Manager Josh Vogel, who will also discuss the museum's history and its founding in 1997.
The permanent exhibition illustrates the pictorial evolution of New York City’s commercial skyline. This is a central part of the “History of Height” story – from the pyramids to today – and the sequence claiming to be tallest in NYC – plus large models of today’s three tallest skyscrapers in the world – including the tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai UAE.
See the process of building the Twin Towers and later the rebuilding of Ground Zero and creating the One World Trade Center. And check out the mini-models of downtown and mid-town Manhattan – plus details (which is the slimmest?) about each of the ‘Supertalls’ – completed and under construction right now. It is striking.
The current exhibition “Housing Density: From Tenement to Tower” includes the origin and growth of urban renewal – such as Penn Station South where the new buildings were planned for 302 persons per acre – which was less than half of the density of the prior neighborhood it replaced. Where is this going today?
Optional lunch at Historic Pier A’s ‘Oyster House’, 12 Noon. At 22 Battery Place, this building – the most Southerly Manhattan pier on the Hudson river built in 1886, was the headquarters of the New York Harbor Police, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It has wonderful views of the harbor and offers a casual atmosphere specializing in fish, etc. It provides bar service only (you get your own – no waiters), but the Oyster House will be setting aside tables for our group to join together for lunch. If you are interested, please contact Bill Rosser at email@example.com.
The Skyscraper Museum at 39 Battery Place. This is at the Southern end of Battery Park City. Subway: Take the 4 or 5 subway and get off at Bowling Green. Walk two blocks West on Battery Place (about 4 minutes). It is in the ground floor of the Millennium Building (contains the Ritz Carlton Hotel). Or take the R or W and get off at Whitehall St. Walk North to Battery Place then West to the museum (about 6 minutes).
As another point of interest, the museum is directly across the street from the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
39 Battery Place, (between 1st Place and Little West Street), New York, NY, 10280