It seems we are not the only car-obsessed New Yorkers attempting to catalog big apple auto culture. A new exhibit, Cars, Culture and the City, opened yesterday (runs through August 1st) at the Museum of the City of New York and is said to be the first to document New York ’s role in the promotion, marketing, and proliferation of the automobile as well as its transformative effect on the city and, ultimately, the country. Not only did several early American automakers manufacture cars in NYC but the city also played home to the country’s first car show more than 100 years ago at Madison Square Garden. Add in The French Connection and a couple of world expositions and you’re looking at a seriously important player in automotive history. The Mustang was even unveiled here – it doesn’t get any more American than that folks. While there are no actual cars inside (do you know how much real estate cost here?), the exhibit is packed with rarely-seen drawings, models, historic photographs, films, advertisements, and architectural schemes to reveal the shockingly important role NYC played in jump-starting the auto industry. So jump on the 6 train and check it out.
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