If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ll know that I love museums and cultural institutions. If you’ve ever been to New York City as a tourist, or have perused a guide book, you’ll also know that we have many major museums. That being said, two things happened this month that made we want to give a shout out to some of the alternative, smaller museums that dot our city.
First, I visited the Museum of Food and Drink, also known as MOFAD. This start-up museum currently occupies a 5,000 square foot space that includes an exhibition area, a demo kitchen and a small gift shop. It is located in Brooklyn and currently is presenting a fascinating exhibition called CHOW, which chronicles Chinese immigrants and the Chinese-American cuisine and restaurant network that they have established over 150 years in the US.
I learned a lot, including this factoid: the vast majority (I believe 80% or more) of all fortune cookies eaten in the US are made in Brooklyn.
Second, I read a feature on Budget Travel online called Discover These 10 NYC Museums,a concise summary of ten of the City’s more unusual and far flung alternatives to more widely known Metropolitan Museum of Art or American Museum of Natural History.
This article is worth a read. Shout out to the little guys! Feel free to add a comment on any other alternative museums that you may have visited that didn’t make this list! Maybe I’ll visit these next.