We showed you the boat graveyard in Staten Island and the hidden subway station and today Angel Orensanz Foundation would like to share with you another NYC secret! This time it’s a collection of museums that are not in your New York City guide. The MET , the Guggenheim, those are all great, but you can find real treasures in the little art spaces that not many people are familiar with.
To pay homage to where the Angel Orensanz Foundation stands, the first little treasure is a museum right in our neighborhood that will keep you up to date with all the stories of the Lower East Side. It’s called the Tenement Museum, on the corner of Delancey and Orchard streets. The museum offers tours inside an old tenement house, promoting historical understanding through a deep trip back into the past of the neighborhood and the lives of the families that lived in the building, with each floor recreating the history of a different family. They also offer tours in the neighborhood, so you can see what has changed (certainly the Angel Orensanz Foundation is one of the places that exemplifies this change) in the Lower East Side.
Angel Orensanz has experimented with various arts, including the moving image. Luckily there is a museum in Queens that celebrates just that. The Museum of the Moving Image embraces a wide range of materials related to the film industry that goes from the earliest nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art. The museum explores all the phases of the making of the moving image, with interactive exhibitions showing of contemporary and classic films, hosting discussions, exhibiting unique collections and more. It is definitely an experience you shouldn’t miss in NYC.
Also in Queens, get to know the “Global Graffiti Mecca”, 5 Pointz. It is not so much an official museum as it is an outdoor art exhibit, where aerosol artists from all over the world come to paint colorful graffiti pieces on the walls of the 200,000 sq. foot factory building.
Finally, take a trip to Brooklyn to check out the little museum which shouldn’t be missed called The City Reliquary. It’s located in the Williamsburg area and it displays many NYC artifacts, connecting the past and the present of the city.