‘Mad Hatters’ Revives its Hats History at the City Lore Gallery Space [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 at 5:13 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Lori Greenberg

Wearing many hats takes on a new meaning at “Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers,” an exhibit at City Lore. Showcasing a history of hatmaking in our city, there are plenty of hats on display that could have only been created here.

New York has always been a hat-lovers town. Amidst our diversity, you can spot hats for church, mosque or synagogue, hats to be worn at the Easter Parade, Mermaid Parade, Pride Parade and West Indian Day Parade, hats that embrace individuality and hats that signify connection.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Lori Greenberg

“Mad Hatters” hats, with millinery designs of different eras and cultures in the melting pot, form an unusual history of New York. The exhibit encompasses historical and vintage pieces as well as contemporary hats interpreting and referencing that history, some designed specifically for the show by members of the New York Milliners Guild.

This image has been archived or removed.

Linda Pagan, “Crown Heights.” Inspired by a Hasidic hat, with a lipstick in the band, instead of a cigar. Photo: Lori Greenberg

We spied a number of familiar hats in the exhibit, including those made by local filmmaker, photographer and Boogie contributor Clayton Patterson; embellished hats worn by the spoken word poet and poetry slam pioneer Bob Holman; and hand painted straw hats with images of New York icons by Elaine Norman.

This image has been archived or removed.

Bob Holman’s hats. Photo: Lori Greenberg

Mad Hatters” reopens to the public today, and has been extended until November 13. Upcoming events related to the show include:

Every Hat Tells A Story,” hosted by milliner Ellen Christine on September 22.

Hatterday! Make Your Own Hats With the Experts,” hosted by milliner Debora Rapoport on Setpember 24.

The City Lore calendar can be found here.

Recent Stories

Pickle Guys to Close Next Week, Hope to Reopen in May

Some sour news indeed for Lower East Siders: The Pickle Guys are going on hiatus. Indefinitely. The brine stalwarts of Grand Street announced the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover. The pickle peeps hope to return at the beginning of May. The store will remain open […]

Straphanger at East Broadway Station Chases Down Mugger to Retrieve his Wallet

Criminals are still out there, in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown. Especially in the largely empty subway stations. East Broadway station again lives up to its dangerous reputation with a mugging there last week. According to police, a man entered the station at Rutgers Street and East Broadway at 8:45pm on March 24 to purchase […]

These Lower East Side Bars and Restaurants are Crowdfunding for their Staff [Updating]

Definitely one of the hardest hit, New York City’s nightlife scene is suffering due to the COVID-19 shutdown. So much so, that businesses are trying everting to stay afloat. Some are successful, like Forgtmenot on Division Street, which morphed into a full-fledged grocery (“The General Store”). Under the banner of staff relief, bars and restaurants […]

Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Cofounder, Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Adam Schlesinger – whose infectious melodies with Fountains of Wayne, as well as That Thing You Do! endeared himself to a generation – died yesterday morning from complications due to coronavirus. The Emmy Award-winning songwriter was 52. His condition the day before yesterday was reported by his attorney of 25 years as “very sick and heavily […]

Daily Clap: Cheering for COVID-19 First Responders

Since last week, city dwellers confined at home have been applauding first responders in the fight against COVID-19. Each evening at 7:00pm, a citywide round of applause commences. Windows open, balconies fill, and hands emerge. Clapping – or banging pots and pans – for the tireless, selfless work of first responders on the front lines […]