New York City’s oldest museum has a new wing.
On April 29th, the New York Historical Society introduced its newly renovated 4th floor known as the Henry Luce III Center.
One of the highlights of the new floor is the Center for Women’s History. Surprisingly, the NYHS is the first museum in the country to have a space solely dedicated to women’s roles in history. The exhibits will focus on contributions that women have made both in New York and nationally. In a press release the museum explained the new wing as an area where visitors can discover the “often-overlooked stories of women who transformed our American history and our lives today.”
One of the first exhibits is called Saving Washington and focuses on former first lady Dolley Madison.
Also on view are items donated by tennis great Billie Jean King including racquets, photographs and more. The exhibit focuses on King’s fight for women’s rights and equal pay.
There’s also a gallery featuring 100 Tiffany lamps created by Clara Driscoll over a century ago.
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Music’s biggest award show will be returning to NYC for the first time since 2003
It was recently announced that the Grammy Awards will be returning to New York City next January. It will be the first time that the ceremony will take place in New York since 2003. The event is scheduled for January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden.
Over the years the Grammys generally rotated back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. That was until 2004 when the award show began a 14 year run at the Staples Center in L.A.
Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, was asked about the move back to New York in Billboard.
We’ve been in L.A. for many years; we used to bounce back and forth from time to time. With the East Coast being the home for half the membership of the Academy — certainly there’s a very vibrant, vital part of the music industry on the East Coast and in New York — and given that this is an anniversary year for us, it’s a special chance to celebrate.
The reaction to the news was met with enthusiasm by many on Twitter:
According to the Mayor’s office, the Grammys are expected to bring $200 million in economic benefits to the city — $82 million in direct spend and $120 million indirectly — as well as an additional several hundred million in tourism.
“It is incredibly exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will return to the world’s greatest city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Playing host to the music industry’s marquee awards show is a unique creative, artistic and economic boon to the rich cultural fabric of our city. We welcome the Grammy Awards back to New York City with open arms and we look forward to continuing to partner with a music industry that supports access and empowerment in the arts.”
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