On June 21st, The New York Transit Museum unveiled a new exhibit, Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics, that highlights the role of New York’s transportation system in comics from the 19th-21st centuries. Untapped Cities visited the NY Transit Museum to learn more about this unique exhibit.
Described by the museum as “a raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers”, Underground Heroes showcases collections of cartoons, comic strips, and graphic novels that have featured the New York public transportation system.
From 19th century cartoons that offer a glimpse into New York life in the 1800’s, to contemporary comics featuring a familiar array of superheroes, this exhibit visually demonstrates the parallel progress of comics and public transportation over the last 200 years.
Located at the museum’s decommissioned Court Street subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the exhibit also includes works by famous cartoonists such as Winsor McCay, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Will Eisner, and more.
Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga calls the exhibit “an incredible journey,” and believes that it shows both the history and progress of public transportation in New York City, as well as the evolution of comic books over the last two centuries.
The exhibit will run until January 6th, 2019, and is accompanied by gallery talks, sketch nights, and panel discussions in the museum.
Transportation museum hosts antique fire trucks
Antique fire trucks will be featured Sept. 16 at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd.
This year’s gathering, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will also include games and demonstrations for children designed to teach them important lessons in fire safety.
The Genesee Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America will have its restored firefighting equipment on display for visitors to enjoy. Visitors will be able to discover the difference between a “fire truck” and a “fire engine,” and find out why firemen wear red suspenders!
The New York Museum of Transportation also features a collection of trolleys, a steam locomotive, horse-drawn buggies, and highway vehicles. Visitors will be able to see several miniature trains in operation on a super-size model railroad.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and older, and $6 for youth ages 3 to 12 years old.
For more information, go to www.nymtmuseum.org or call (585) 533-1113.
Ralph Lauren marks 50th anniversary with Central Park bash
A 19th-century fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park provided a majestic backdrop for Ralph Lauren’s star-studded 50th anniversary blowout on Friday, a festive celebration of his past and present that included a runway show and a black-tie dinner.
Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were just a few of the dozens of celebrities gathered to fete Lauren, 78, and his decades atop the fashion world. Not to mention Hillary Clinton, who wore Lauren’s designs at numerous key moments of her presidential campaign — including the white “suffragette” pantsuit she wore to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia.
“I love his clothes,” Clinton said. “You know he really was so generous and kind to help with all of my clothes during the campaign.”
It was Winfrey who had the job of toasting Lauren at dinner. “The real reason we are here is not the show,” she said. “It’s you. You Ralph Lauren, and 50 years of your designing our dreams.”
Winfrey told Lauren that he represented what was great in America. “Your story exalts our collective story,” she said. “Your designs define integrity.”
Old-fashioned trolley cars met guests on Fifth Avenue and shuttled them into the park, where the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain had been transformed into a party space. Guests sipped cocktails and watched, on towering vertical screens, highlights of Lauren shows over the years.
Then, everyone descended a granite staircase to the runway show, where velvet banquettes awaited and oriental carpets lined the floor.
The show, which fittingly began to the strains of Paul Simon’s “New York is My Home,” combined elements from various Lauren collections over the years, and included some older models who had been in early campaigns. And, in a second half celebrating the family, it included many smiling children, some small enough to be carried by the adults on the runway — and one baby fast asleep.
Lauren himself appeared on the staircase at the end, to thunderous cheers. He took a slow victory lap across the room while admirers applauded, hugged him if they were close by, or snapped photos furiously.
At dinner, which took place around the famous fountain, Lauren told the crowd that, contrary to the evening’s glamour, he wasn’t very glamorous at home. “I walk around in a ripped robe, and no towels,” he said.
He was referring to Winfrey’s anecdote, offered in her toast, about how, working in Chicago early in her career, she saw owning Ralph Lauren towels as a symbol of success.
“I vowed, if I ever got me some money I would get me some Ralph Lauren towels,” she said — specifically “bath sheets.” And she did.
Clinton, who sat next to Lauren, told the Associated Press their friendship dated back to the ’90s, when Clinton was working on a project to save American treasures, and Lauren helped save the star-spangled banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
“Ralph came forward and funded the conservation and restoration of the star-spangled banner,” she said, “and he and I were able to be there years later to once again put it on display and have it properly taken care of. His help made that happen. And we just became friends.”
Marvel Announces Its New York Comic Con 2018 Lineup
Marvel Entertainment is bringing its trademark high-flying lineup to New York Comic Con once again! From Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7, Marvel Entertainment will present the best and brightest from its creative team for panels, exclusive first-look videos, signings with Marvel’s biggest stars, and even more for every kind of Marvel fan!
Among the lineup giving fans a glimpse into the future of Marvel:
Marvel Television: The returning “Marvel’s Daredevil,” the first Marvel Super Hero on Netflix, will have an exclusive look at its upcoming third season at Madison Square Garden! And for the first time ever, “Marvel’s Runaways” will come to New York Comic Con’s Madison Square Garden stage. At the Javits Center, “The Gifted” will present an all-new episode from its second season.
Marvel Animation: To celebrate the arrival of “Marvel Rising,” Marvel will have a star-studded panel featuring the cast and creators! And the Marvel Animation Presents panel will be back with news about brand new projects for fans to get excited about — plus a special screening of “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors”!
Marvel Comics: The Marvel Universe continues to expand with big new stories, arcs, and events — and Marvel’s creators will be at New York Comic Con with a look at the stories that have been thrilling fans for decades and new stories coming soon! Come see the writers, artists, and editors as well as a few surprise guests for panels, signings, giveaways, and more!
Marvel New Media: All of Marvel’s breaking news will be covered with four days of streaming coverage! Marvel.com will have the inside scoop on all of Marvel’s events and fans can follow through all of its social media channels. There will also be panels and live events for This Week in Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Show, and Women in Marvel to give even more perspective on the Marvel Universe!
Marvel Games: In addition to its biggest releases, including Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, Marvel Games will bring Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and MARVEL Battle Lines for gamer fans. Watch @MarvelGames on Twitter for more news!
And last but not least: The Marvel Booth will be back at #1354 to give Marvel fans a home base for its signings and stage events, as well as giveaways and exclusive Marvel merchandise!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com and all of Marvel’s social media channels — Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, to get more information and news about New York Comic Con 2018 as it develops!
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