NYC Discovery Lab – My City, Our History - May 25

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024, 11:00am

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An image of a mosaic featured famed musician Tito Puente with an exuberant smile joyfully playing drums with a blue background filled with multicolored circles.
Manny Vega. Tito Puente. 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

New Yorkers capture moments every day that showcase their neighborhoods and communities. 

How would you share your New York City story? 

Stop by the Museum of the City of New York to learn about the many ways New Yorkers have shared their New York City stories over the years, with art and artifacts representing each of the city’s 5 boroughs. 

Time: 11am-4pm 

From mosaics by local artist Manny Vega to a painting by Brooklyn-based painter Malcah Zeldis, visitors are invited to experience the art firsthand using a scavenger hunt before participating in a range of interactive activities, including a riddle-based guessing game connected to the scavenger hunt, mosaic-making, and creating maps of their own community inspired by objects from the museum’s collection. 

This month’s programs are inspired by Byzantine Bembé: New York by Manny Vega, an exhibition that features the works of local artist Manny Vega, the Museum’s inaugural artist-in-residence. Vega depicts scenes from the Museum of the City of New York’s own neighborhood, El Barrio, where he was raised, and invites visitors to learn more about our neighborhood and to consider their own. 

Discover their stories and share your own at this month’s NYC Discovery Lab. 

Activities are included with general admission. Geared towards ages 6+ and open to all. 



NYC Discovery Lab is made possible in part by the Rochlis Family Foundation. 

Family Programs are made possible in part by the Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Rochlis Family Foundation, and Tianaderrah Foundation. 

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.

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