Private Tour of the Elevator Historical Society Museum

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Private Tour of the Elevator Historical Society Museum
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elevator Historical Society Museum, Long Island City, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $20.00 - $24.00
  • Where: Elevator Historical Society Museum 43-39 21st St. Suite #206 Long Island City, NY 11101

Join New York Adventure Club for a private tour of the Long Island City Elevator Historical Society Museum led by its founder and curator Patrick Carrajat, who has collected over 2,000 pieces of elevator paraphernalia including manuals, metal identification plates, pop culture paraphernalia, and obscure mechanical parts from the early days of up-and-down travel.

A portion of your ticket will be donated to The Elevator Historical Society.

After the tour, we'll head to a local eatery for some food and drinks! 

What to Expect

For the past three years the neighborhood has been home to The Elevator Historical Society, also known as the Elevator Museum, on the second floor of the bright yellow taxi building at 43-39 21st St.

The museum was started by Patrick Carrajat, 70, who has been active in the elevator business since he was 11 years old and went to work with his father every weekend. “What 11-year-old boy doesn’t want to go to work with his father?” Carrajat said. Since then Carrajat, who lives in Long Island City with his wife, has worked throughout the elevator business, owning his own company at one point, and is now an elevator consultant and expert witness.

After realizing that his own personal elevator collection was getting too large, he decided to find a place to begin the museum. Among the items at the site are those he has collected for years, including what he calls his favorite piece – a cover of an interlock that he brought home the first day working with his father in 1955 – and items he buys on eBay as well as some donations. “The museum came about because I had no place to put all of this stuff and I thought it would be a good idea to give stuff back to the industry,” he said. “I owe a lot to the industry. It’s a pay-it-forward type of situation.”

Before starting the museum, Carrajat also wrote a book called “History of the American Elevator,” which he says came out of a “near death experience” after he was scheduled to be on the 79th floor machine room of the North Tower on 9/11, but took the day off. He said what intrigues him the most are the social and economic implications and importance of elevators to our everyday lives. “If we didn’t have the elevator, New York City would stretch from north of Boston to south of Washington D.C. It would be five- or six-story buildings, that’s all it would be,” he said. “There is also so much interaction that can happen in an elevator. There’s a certain closeness in an elevator, you can’t avoid it. Our personal space gets invaded in elevators all the time.”

Carrajat says the museum welcomes about 500 visitors per year. He hopes the visitors, who to his surprise are mainly made up of “non-elevator people,” leave with a little better appreciation of the history and hopefully pass along to other people “that there are interesting small museums.” In the end, Carrajat said the plan is for all the items in his collection to go to Elevator World, Inc., the publisher for the international building transportation industry, in Alabama. “I fell in love with the business and wiser people have said, ‘If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life.’ I’m still waiting to go to work,” Carrajat said. “I think it’s a great thing to say at 70 that you love what you do and you keep doing it.”

-From the Queens Courier


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact NYAC facilitator Michelle LeNoach [, 917.941.6861] with any questions or concerns.

Do I have to bring my printed or digital ticket to the event?


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please plan your trip accordingly as this tour will start on time.

21-03 44th Ave. #206
Long Island City, NY

Public Transportation

Subway: E,M - Court Square, 7, N, Q - Queensboro Plaza


What is the refund policy?

All sales are final.

New York Adventure Club is not liable for injury or death (had to say it!)