New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Queens Museum executive director Tom Finkelpearl, Former and present Queens Borough Presidents Claire Schulman and Helen Marshall, local elected officials, board members and museum supporters to cut the ribbon officially designating the new expansion to the Queens Museum.
Mayor Bloomberg was very complimentary by thanking former Queens BP Claire Schulman, for her years of service supporting the arts in the borough of Queens. Her efforts were instrumental in paving the way to today’s ribbon cutting of the expansion of the Queens Museum. In addition the mayor also praised outgoing borough president Helen Marshall for her efforts to help with expansion of cultural institutions in Queens, including, Queens Theater in the Park, The New York Hall of Science, The Queens Botanical Garden and the Queen Museum.
The mayor said that he has visited the museum many times and “It really is an experience like no other.” He went on to say, “This is one of the great cultural institutions and provides inspiring experiences that you can find nowhere else.” Referring to the city’s economy he said, “A vibrant cultural community is essential to growing one’s economy and the news expanded Queens Museum is one of the latest examples of all of the work we have done to insure that our cultural institutions remain vital contributors to our city’s growing creative sector for generations to come.
Recently the city spent more than $140 million in capital improvements at the New York Hall of Science (Corona, Queens), Queens Theater, Queens Botanical Gardens and the Queens Museum, All clustered here in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. The mayor beamed when he said, “no government in the United States invests more money in culture than New York City does.”
The new expansion to the Queens Museum doubles the size of the institution adding 50,000 square feet of new galleries, classrooms, public event spaces, a café and a museum shop.
Mark Husser, managing partner of the architectural firm of Grimshaw said, “Our scheme embodies the museums overarching philosophy of openness and community outreach by increasing the visibility of the museum from the Grand Central Parkway, improving circulation of the entire museum and adding additional gallery space for changing exhibits.”
The museum officially opens to the public on November 9 with a host of exhibitions and programs planned. Further information can be obtained from the museum website: www.queensmuseum.org.
Speakers included Mayor Bloomberg, Queens Museum Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl, Queens Borough President Helen Marshal, and President of the Queens Museum Board of Directors Alan Suna as well as council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Julissa Fererras.
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