Time for me to audition some exhibitions for my fall class, and I'd love to have some company at The Skyscraper Museum's "Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District"!
Here's a description from their website: "The largest concentration of skyscraper factories in the world, the 18 blocks that were the heart of New York's Garment District, once supported more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs and produced nearly 3/4 of all women's and children's apparel in the United States. The rapid development of the district...occurred almost entirely within the boom decade of the 1920s, when more than 125 stepped-back "loft" buildings took the pyramidal forms dictated by the city's new zoning law. Most of the high-rises were erected and owned by immigrant entrepreneurs who had begun their climb from clothing manufacturers, to builders, to real estate moguls.... A handful of little-known architects, all Jewish, like their clients, were responsible for nearly a hundred buildings within the district. Their work is highlighted in the exhibition. "Seventh Avenue" means Fashion in the same way "Wall Street" means Finance. The architecture of the Garment District shaped the urban stage of Seventh Avenue.... From these factories clothes were shipped to department stores across America or rolled on racks to Macy's or Gimbels an avenue east.... " Sounds really interesting!
How to meet us: I'll be in the lobby of the Skyscraper Museum, holding my hand-scrawled MEETUP sign. Please meet us by 12:15pm. If you're late, ask a guard to direct you to the exhibit.
Admission: Admission to The Skyscraper Museum is $5 ($2.50 for seniors). We do also have our own $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.
The Skyscraper Museum is located at 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280. The Museum shares a building with the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City, at the southwestern tip of Manhattan. Nearby landmarks include Bowling Green, Battery Park, and Castle Clinton.
Afterwards, we can go to for lunch in the neighborhood and chat a bit.