Moonstruck. "Empire State of Mind." Batman. What essential cultural artifacts didn't originate in NYC?
If all goes according to plan, Gotham gets to celebrate its indelible artistic legacy with its own Museum of Pop Culture. The Seattle-based attraction created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is looking to bring a version of his MoPop to NYC, and has already purchased space at Fifth Ave and 34th St, awaiting permission from the Landmarks Preservation Committee. The space was purchased from the New York Public Library, which is planning to consolidate a branch at the location. The museum will lease the space to the library at no cost until its construction is given a green light.
Seattle's MoPop currently covers all manner of cultural ephemera, with exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix, the Marvel Universe and indie video games. On deck are more than 140,000 artifacts and 1,000 hours of interviews.
Ideally, NYC's version could honor the city's vast cultural contributions and host panel discussions, where writers like me could go off on Sex and the City, Spider-Man, Azealia Banks and other products of the city.