OMG it’s the friggin’ BATMOBILE

From Oct. 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, the New-York Historical Society ran an exhibition on superheroes of Gotham. I didn’t even realize it was there, which is a nasty thing that happens when you live in 4th gear in a city full of exhibitions.

For some reason, even though the exhibition has closed, a genuine full-size Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show is still sitting in the N-YHS main lobby. You (yes, you!) can get into the New-York Historical Society tonight (after 6 p.m.) for whatever fee you feel like paying, and stand. Right. Next. To. The. Batmobile!!!!! Holy jaw-dropping jehosephat, Batman!

A few pics: sorry, taken through the glass, so they’re blurry. I’m only providing them for those of you who can’t make it to the N-YHS because your Batmobile or Batcopter or Batjet is in the shop.

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Bat fins, and those whadayacallit pipes that make cars go faster, ya know?

Bat radar! Looks remarkably like old-fashioned Christmas tree lights.

Bat radar! Looks remarkably like old-fashioned Christmas tree lights.

Bat phone - center right, with the coiling cord.

Bat phone – center right, with the coiling cord.

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The “Bat Button”: what does that do?

The Emergency Bat Turn Lever AND Bat Extinguisher!

The Emergency Bat Turn Lever AND Bat Extinguisher!

And the Bat Tire.

And the Bat Tire.


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I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others who need and enjoy such art, but don't have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, From Portraits to Puddles, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.


OMG it’s the friggin’ BATMOBILE — 1 Comment

  1. I wonder if this is the Batmobile from Wyckoff, NJ? Many years ago, I was driving along Franklin Avenue, talking with my Uncle when I saw it parked outside of a house on one of the side streets. I lost my trait of thought mid sentence … Yes, a holy Batman moment! My Uncle asked what was wrong and I said I had just seen the Batmobile. Did he believe me? Would you? So we had to double back and there it was! Who would have thought a Batmobile resided in Wyckoff?