From the Daily News:
A Long Island City man hopes to lift Queens tourism with the nation's first elevator museum.
Retired elevator executive Patrick Carrajat, 67, has packed 4,000 artifacts he salvaged and bought online into his fledgling 44th Ave. institution. Displays range from White House elevator inspection certificates to an animation cel of the Pink Panther by an elevator.
"I saw the history disappearing and said to myself, 'Somebody has to preserve it,'" Carrajat said.
Carrajat transformed a former classroom for prospective cabbies into the museum at 21-03 44th Ave., where shelves are filled with buttons, cigarette lighters and golf balls with names of elevator manufacturers.
Carrajat said he chose to open in Long Island City because it's close to the subway and about 20 elevator companies operate in a 10-block radius.
Is any taxpayer money going toward funding this?