Sunday, August 30, 2020

Today's Visit to the Museum of the City of New York Was a Milestone

The COVID-19 crisis has created much unhappiness for all especially for the families of those of died from this dreadful disease.  The death total is approaching 200,000 in the United States while millions have been taken ill.  Millions of others lost their jobs or businesses during this crisis.

A secondary effect was the closing of museums and other cultural attractions.  Today we went to the Museum of the City of New York especially to see the exhibit City Game/Basketball in New York.  According to my records in this journal, I last visited this museum in October 2019.  Likely, my last visit to any museum was in February of this year.

We had to make reservations in advance and had to follow social distancing guidelines.  Fortunately, this museum offers free admission until September 14.  I gave them a donation as I support cultural institutions.

The basketball exhibition captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban game and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it.  It covered the sport played at the high school, college, and professional levels in NYC.  It featured players and coaches including Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Nancy Lieberman, Chris Mullin, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Nat Holman, and Red Holtzman.

We also perused some of the permanent exhibits in the museum that we saw during previous visits.

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