Staffed with some of the sweetest seniors around, the museum is really a gem!
The basement shows off toys from yesteryear. Of course, there's your typical cars and whatnot, but being your typical girl, I especially loved the Stettheimer Dollhouse. For more than two decades Carrie and Florine Stettheimer decorated the 12 room dollhouse with little luxuries. Evoking the elegant and eclectic tastes of the avant-garde 1920s, each of the tiny rooms even features a collection of original artwork on a miniature scale by artists of the sisters.
|This definitely beats my Playskool model from the early '90s.|
|I really loved this image of Moonlight Skating on the Central Park Terrace.|
|Look familiar? Here's a oil portrait by Carton Moore-Park depicting Washington Square Park in the early 20th century. I especially like the horse-drawn carriage heading to the arch.|
|Talk about an awesome piece of architecture! The National Cash Register Building was a key feature at the 1939 New York City World's Fair.|
Like I said before, the Museum's third floor was the real reason for my visit. Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the City's emerging housing needs. It all starts with surprising statistics. For instance, did you know 33% of NYC households are single people living alone? It's a bit scary because only 15% of Manhattan's rental housing stock is a studio or one-bedroom apartment ready for occupation. Another section shows what it would be like to live in a full-scale micro apartment. Only 325 square feet, the entire apartment reminds me of Ikea's miniature models.
|Talk about your minimalist living!|