Midtown West

Lighting the Tree

What: A tradition created in the early 20th century
When: 1931 to the present
Where: 50 Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan


The Westway Case

What: A legal battle to save striped bass and prevent a highway development
When: 1980s
Where: Along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s West Side


The Current Wars

What: Inventor Nicholas Tesla won the current wars with AC, but died impoverished
When: Late nineteenth century
Where: Midtown, Manhattan


First Floor: The Future

First Floor: The Future
What: America’s first world fair, with exhibits of design, art, food as well as many mechanical innovations and inventions—including Elisha Otis’s safety elevator.
When: 1853
Where: New York Crystal Palace, now Bryant Park