Bicycle Diaries: Two Centuries of New York City History
Temps are rising, subways are getting sweatier and smellier, the beaches and parks are officially open for the season, and New Yorkers are taking advantage of it all. Biking is one of the things that gets NYers most excited about good weather. In the spirit of summer, we recommend hopping on a bike and riding over to the Museum of the City of New York to check out their newly opened exhibit, Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History.
The complex past, present and future roles of the bicycle as a vehicle for both social progress and strife are explored in “Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History,” an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York through Oct. 6. With more than 150 objects — including 14 bicycles and vintage cycling apparel — the exhibition traces the transformation of cycling’s significance from a form of democratized transportation that gave women, immigrants and minorities a sense of freedom beginning when the first bike arrived in New York City in 1819, to a political football that continues to pit the city’s more than 800,000 cyclists against their detractors today.
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