Andrea F

Day 70: Annex NYC

In NYC, NYC Museums, NYC Music, Soho, things to do in NYC on August 9, 2009 at 11:51 pm


Cleveland got I.M. Pei’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; a little over eight months ago, New York got the Annex. From its quiet spot on Mercer Street in Soho, it might at first appear rather unassuming. But inside, as Rock and Roll always has been, it’s @#$*% cool. Visitors start off in the Hall of Fame gallery where the walls are covered with plaques for each member that’s ever been inducted in; names you might not know too well, but have surely heard before. Next it’s into the theatre for a short, yet rather electrifying montage of some of history’s greatest Rock and Roll moments, with footage of music legends like Jerry Lee Lewis, Queen’s barefoot Freddy Mercury and, “The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. Then take a tour through the galleries, past memorabilia including hand-written lyrics, beat-up guitars, Madonna’s infamous Jean-Paul Gaultier get-up for her 90s Blond Ambition Tour, relics from NYC’s legendary music club CBGB and a scale model of Manhattan where visitors can take a virtual tour of the other great venues the city has known over time. Currently on view, as a limited engagement is John Lennon: The New York City Years—an inside look at the famed star’s life and work in a city he was so proud to live in.


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