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Ice Cream Storytime

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July 20, 2018


Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Upper East Side

Baby & toddler, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary

$8; $7 seniors and students; free for children younger than 12

Event description:

Celebrate National Ice Cream month at July’s storytime. Listen to ice cream-themed stories and afterward pretend to make ice cream like New Yorkers did in the 19th century, using objects from the Touch Collection. For children 6 and under.

Address: 421 E. 61st St.
Upper East Side, NY 10065
Phone: 212-838-6878
Website: mvhm.org

About Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Standard hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
Wheelchair accessible: No
Stroller parking: Yes
Stroller check: No
Bring food: No
Buy food: No
Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
Changing tables in the women's room(s): No
Changing tables in the men's room(s): No

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden presents the period of the Mount Vernon Hotel which operated from 1826 until 1833.

Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams.

This fashionable country resort was popular among New Yorkers who wished to escape the hustle and bustle of the city which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street. The Hotel advertised itself as “free from the noise and dust of the public roads, and fitted up and intended for only the most genteel and respectable” clientele. In those days, one could take the stagecoach or steamboat up to 61st street and spend the day at the hotel sipping lemonade in the ladies parlor or playing cards in the gentlemen’s tavern.

In 1833, the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family. In 1905, as the area became more industrialized, the building was purchased by Standard Gas Light Company (today’s Con Edison). The Colonial Dames of America, a woman’s patriotic society purchased the building in 1924. After extensive restoration to the structure, the Colonial Dames opened the site to the public in 1939. The building endures as a rare reminder of an important era in New York City’s history.

Parking: Street Parking
Nearest public transportation stop: N, R, 4, 5, 6 59th street
Play area: Indoor and Outdoor
Party room: Yes

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