Exploring Architecture at NYC’s Skyscraper Museum

One of New York City’s hidden secrets is the small but interesting Skyscraper Museum, located only a short distance from Battery Park near the southern tip of Manhattan. If you are interested in architecture , then the Skyscraper Museum is for you.

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The museum has one temporary exhibition, currently “Garden City – Mega City,” as well as a few small permanent exhibitions. “Garden City – Mega City” is a fascinating exhibition chronicling an architectural approach to urban housing in Singapore known as WOHA and pioneered by architects Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell. Addressing the challenges posed by rapid urbanization and global warming, WOHA reimagines public housing high-rise architecture. The result, both in prototype designs and completed projects, includes open breezeways, vertical landscaping, and elevated parks. The models on display in the exhibition are fascinating.

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Among the other exhibitions are these models of some of the tallest buildings in the world, as well as miniature, hand-carved scale models of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan created by Michael Chesko.

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The Skyscraper Museum is located at 39 Battery Place, next to Battery Park and near the southern tip of Manhattan. (The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located across the street.) A number of subway lines will get you close to the Museum. You can take the 4 or the 5 to the Bowling Green Station, the 1 or the R train to Rector Street, the R to Whitehall Street, or the J or Z train to Broad Street. Despite the amazing architectural examples on the inside, the entrance to the museum does not stand out, so you will have to look closely to find it.

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