The New York City skyline wouldn't exist without the elevator, an invention that allowed architects to build upwards into the sky.
Join Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein (on special assignment from Obscura LA) on a ramble through the eccentric collection of long-time elevator industry professional Patrick Carrajat, who has collected many of his personal artifacts and a number of historical donations into The Elevator Historical Society.
Located on the second floor of the Q Medallion Taxi Building in Long Island City, it's only museum in the U.S. dedicated to vertical transportation. On our visit, especially arranged for the New York Obscura Society, you can explore his collection of antique elevator and escalator parts like car switches, motors, and wooden molds. You can also peruse memorabilia including vintage advertisements, photos, and more.
No topic is off-limits in the intimate Q&A that will follow our tour of the museum—anything from "love in an elevator" to the common nightmare of plummeting in an elevator free fall. Nobody knows more about elevators than this guy. Carrajet, now a septuagenarian, was both a COO of a major elevator service company and founder of another one. He's worked for years as an elevator consultant and as an expert witness in lawsuits involving elevator or escalator accidents.
Come delve into the world of hydraulics and counterweights!
January 9th, 1pm - 2:30 pm
at The Elevator Historical Society
Notes for this adventure
- The museum is not normally open on weekends, so we have arranged special access just for our Obscura Society members.
- This event takes place in Queens, a short walk from the E, M, 7, and G trains.
- Ironically, the museum is up a flight of stairs, and there's no handicap access to the second floor on weekends.
- Expect cool temperatures inside the building, so bundle up!
- A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Elevator Historical Society
All sales final.