Learn about New York’s iconic architectural sites one clue at a time.
It’s hard to stop, notice and educate yourself on the architecture of a lot of New York buildings, especially when you’re speed walking through New York’s crazy maze. But the MoMA is urging New Yorkers to explore and educate themselves on the city’s best modern iconic architecture through a scavenger hunt tracked with Foursquare check-ins.
The scavenger hunt is inspired by the current Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light and Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Architecture exhibitions at the MoMA. Both Labrouste and Le Corbusier have heavily influenced New York’s brick-a-brack architectural landscape with their French Beaux-Arts style.
The scavenger hunt is conducted with the power of social media and takes you through 21 architectural sites. Clues for the hunt are posted on MoMA‘s Facebook page and on Foursquare. These bread crumb clues lead to locations like The Battery-Maritime Building and Grand Central Station- both buildings that were heavily influenced by the Beaux-Arts style, noticeable in their elaborate metal ornamentation.
Once you reach the site and check-in with Foursquare, you get a little informational blurb about the architecture of the site. Also, by checking in, you get $5 off a MoMA ticket. This hunt could be a great way to learn and appreciate New York with an architecture-nerdy perspective.
The hunt is from June 17 – July 31st, giving you plenty of time to take New York Architecture 101 taught by the MoMA!
Start your summer scavenger hunt here.