Holiday Open Streets Returns to Fifth Avenue between 48th & 59th Streets during December 2023

      New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s […]

‘Vertigo of Color. Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism’ to Open at The Met Fifth Avenue

      Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and André Derain (1880–1954) embarked on a creative partnership in the summer of 1905 that would change the course of French painting. The two painters daringly experimented with energetic bursts of color, form, and structure, the outcome of which led to a bold, new artistic language known as Fauvism […]

This Holiday Season, A Car-Free Fifth Avenue from 49th ~ 57th Streets On December 4, 11 and 18

      For the first time ever, Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic for three Sundays in December as part of a program called “Fifth Avenue for All.” On December 4, 11, and 18 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets will be pedestrian-only.

Artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet + Van Cleef & Arpels Create Fifth Avenue Blooms Along Fifth Avenue, NYC

      Spring is in the air on Fifth Avenue. Van Cleef & Arpels and French artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet partnered to create fifteen colorful sculptures inspired by the artists’ sketches. New Yorkers will find the installations along Fifth Avenue from 47th to 59th Streets, and will be on view from May 1st to […]

70 Fifth Avenue, a Historic Educational Building, Now a NYC Landmark

      On March 23, 2021, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a virtual public hearing on the proposed designation of 70 Fifth Avenue, known as the Educational Building, in Greenwich Village. In a meeting on May 18, 2021, a final vote was taken with all in favor, designating 70 Fifth […]

The Historic Archer Milton Huntington House at 1083 Fifth Avenue, NYC to Revert Back to a Private Residence

      In anticipation of the reopening of the Hispanic Museum and Library this Fall (2019) on the Audubon Terrace, we thought we might take a look at the man behind the historic Terrace ~ Archer Milton Huntington ~ and his home on Fifth Avenue.

Save these Dates in December for The Fifth Annual Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta, Holiday Tree Lighting & Ice Skating Rink!

      Check off your holiday shopping list with a culturally diverse lineup of vendors — plus hop a trolley under the train tracks! — at the Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta, created through a partnership between NYC Public Retail Markets (run by NYC EDC), Uptown Grand Central, TBo (The Best Of) Harlem […]

Madison Avenue Fall 2023 Gallery Walk Set for October 28th

      On Saturday, October 28 from 11am to 6pm, Madison Avenue rolls out the red carpet for art collectors and enthusiasts to experience exceptional art exhibitions, and meet and learn from artists and gallerists.  A prestigious roster of over 60 internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors to the public for curator talks […]

Madison Avenue ‘Welcome Back Saturday’ Begins on September 9th!

      It’s time to celebrate in style! To kick-off the arrival of the fall season, the Madison Avenue B.I.D. will host its annual Madison Avenue WELCOME BACK SATURDAY on Saturday, September 9 from 10am-6pm. Free and open to the public, the welcome mat is out in over 40 stores, galleries and businesses on the 29-blocks […]

Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk 2023 set for May 20th during Frieze Week

      Join ARTnews and Madison Avenue’s galleries for the annual Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk on Saturday, May 20 during Frieze Week. This free event invites the public to visit participating galleries, view their fall exhibitions and attend expert talks led by artists and curators on Madison Avenue & side streets from East […]

Villa Albertine’s Annual Event ‘Night of Ideas’ to Take Over Fifth Ave on March 3rd

      Villa Albertine today announced the 2023 Night of Ideas. The event is the cultural institution’s flagship annual nocturnal marathon of intellectual debates, performances, readings, and more, centered on the great questions and challenges of our time. Programming will take place at Villa Albertine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ukrainian Institute of […]

’47 Fifth: up close and personal through photographs’ by Anthony Bellov to Open in January, 2023

      Taken during research for his series of talks exploring the architectural details and clues of past use of the Salmagundi Clubhouse, architectural historian (and Club member) Anthony Bellov presents highly personal images of oft-overlooked aspects of the building, exciting and challenging the viewer to explore their own perceptions and assumptions of this […]

The Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk ~ October 23rd

      A prestigious roster of internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors for curator tours and talks of their current exhibitions during the Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk on October 23 from 11am-5pm. One of New York’s favorite art events, this is a prime opportunity to visit the participating galleries located on Madison Avenue […]

Stepping Back in Time ~ The Historic Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue, NYC

      One of the Golden Ages most prestigious hotels was the Waldorf Astoria. It held galas and balls, was home to the rich and famous, and was the site of historic announcements and events. The exterior and interior of the Waldorf were designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as official […]

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Lenox Avenue in Harlem in Restoration Mode

      Churches in Harlem and East Harlem have been very much in the news, due to declining membership and deteriorating buildings, and numerous sales of these properties. And so, when a reader told us that the historic bells were recently removed from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, we were more than curious […]

‘Alex Katz: Park Avenue Departure’ Arrived on Park Avenue Mall

      On the heals of Joseph La Piana: Tension Sculptures, The Fund for Park Avenue and New York City Parks announced its latest installation along the Park Avenue Mall from 50th to 57th Street. The commissioned work by artist Alex Katz (b. 1972) will include seven large-scale works, each work an iteration of […]

Model Sailboat Racing is Back at Conservatory Water in Central Park

Conservatory Water Sailboat Racing is a unique way for urbanites, young and old, to enjoy the sport without leaving the mainland. This picturesque spot in Central Park, originally intended to be a small pool for a glass house and a formal, ornamental flower garden, morphed into a miniature yachting experience after its original intent proved to be too costly to keep up.

Founded in 1916, the Central Park Model Yacht Club is one of the oldest model yacht clubs in the country, with a rich history that continues today.

NYC DOT Announces Summer Streets 2024 Extended from 7am ~ 3pm!

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today kicked off the city’s “a celebration of New York City’s unrivaled summer offerings at a time when crime is down, jobs are up, and the city is more livable than when the Adams administration came into office. The Adams administration launched the starting with an event hosted by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez to announce the city’s largest-ever Summer Streets program with expanded operating hours in all five boroughs for the first time since the program’s launch in 2008. This year, nearly 20 miles of Summer Streets corridors will be open to pedestrians and cyclists for eight hours (from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM) — a 33 percent expansion from previous years. The extended time represents the Adams administration’s continued commitment to the beloved summer program, building on the 2023 expansion that, for the first time, brought Summer Streets to all five boroughs after operating exclusively in Manhattan.

NYC Landmarks Preservation to Consider a Landmark Designation for the Historic 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission today took the first official step toward landmark designation of 50 West 13th Street, an endangered 1846 Greenwich Village house that Village Preservation has been fighting to save through landmark designation since 2020. The building has been scheduled for a “calendaring” vote on June 18, which if approved would mean a public hearing and vote on landmark designation must take place within a year. Nearly all such scheduled calendaring votes are approved, and nearly all calendared properties are approved for landmarking, thus meaning this announcement will almost certainly lead to landmark designation The calendaring would put in place some initial safeguards to protect the building, while landmark designation would protect it in perpetuity.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Host “P.S. Art” Exhibition, Recognizing the Arts & Creativity of NYC Public School Students

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual exhibition of P.S. Art 2024: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids, a juried exhibition of artwork by prekindergarten through grade 12 students from New York City public schools across all five boroughs. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the exhibition and the 17th P.S Art exhibition hosted by the Museum.

The 2024 East Harlem Open Studios set for June 22-23

The second annual East Harlem Open Studios will be held on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 from 1:00 ~ 6:00pm. This self-guided tour will take you from the artist live/work space, El Barrio’s Artspace on East 99th Street to the studio of artist Airco Caravan on 119th Street. This is an chance to meet the artists, see their studios, and explore East Harlem.

It is also the last weekend for the popular La Marqueta eatery, Amuse Busch Bistro, which will be closing at days end on Sunday, June 23rd.

‘Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Company’ at The Met

Edward C. Moore (1827–1891)—the creative force who led Tiffany & Co. to unparalleled originality and success during the second half of the 19th century—amassed a vast collection of decorative arts of exceptional quality and in various media, from Greek and Roman glass and Japanese baskets to metalwork from the Islamic world. The objects were a source of inspiration for Moore, a noted silversmith in his own right, as well as the designers he supervised. The exhibition Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. (opening June 9, 2024) will feature more than 180 extraordinary examples from Moore’s personal collection, which he bequeathed to The Met, alongside 70 magnificent silver objects designed at Tiffany & Co. under his direction. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s holdings, the display will also include seldom-seen examples from a dozen private and public lenders. A defining figure in the history of American silver, Moore played a pivotal role in shaping the legendary Tiffany design aesthetic and the evolution of The Met’s collection.

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the June 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

Pride Month kicks-off a sizzling summer of fun, from an art & craft market at Westbeth, and music festival in Washington Square Park, to the Tribeca Festival and River to River Festival. Public Art Fund will unveil Cannula Hanska Luger: Attrition in City Hall Park, and Fotografiska New York will open its doors to ‘Vivian Maier’ as its final exhibition in that historic location. New Yorkers will hit the streets for annual favorites like the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival ~ the Museum Mile Festival ~ and Juneteenth! Here are a few suggestions for the month of June.

Governor Hochul Announced 19 Transformational Project for East Harlem, Garment District & Far Rockaway

      Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a total of 19 transformational projects in New York City as part of two economic development programs: the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward. Ten projects were announced for East Harlem, the Round 6 winner of a $10 million DRI award; four projects were announced for the […]

NYC Celebrates Pride Month 2024

NYC Pride will mark the 40th anniversary of Heritage of Pride, and the 55th anniversary of The Stonewall Uprising this year. With the theme, ‘Reflect. Empower. Unite’, the month of June is filled with events and activities from museums, galleries, and parks to the end of the month and the much anticipated opening of the LGBTQ+ Visitor Center and the historic Pride Parade.

Update on ‘Victory’ Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell on Museum Mile in East Harlem

      Those who have been watching the empty pedestal on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, formerly holding the statue of J. Marion Sims, will be pleased to hear that there was an update at a recent CB11 meeting, with artist Vinnie Bagwell and Department of Cultural Affairs, David Mandel, presenting illustrations and answering […]

‘The Met-NYCHA Art & Culture Scholars Program’ to Bring 25 Public Housing Scholars to The MET for Leadership Development Program

      The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Housing Community Fund, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Trinity Church Wall Street announced today the establishment of The Met-NYCHA Art and Culture Scholars Program, a new initiative that brings 25 public housing scholars to The Met for a leadership development program. The newly […]

Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the May 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

      Festivals, exhibitions, shows, walks, and a Portal to Ireland will be in full bloom during May, with the month ending on the high note of an exhibition of the work of Vivian Maier at Fotografiska, and the opening of The Roof Garden at The Met with its commissioned installation by Petrit Halilaj, […]

The 2024 Met Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj: Abetare on View

      The Met’s highly anticipated 2024 Roof Garden Commission, by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj (born 1986, Kostërc, former Yugoslavia), is now on view through October 27, 2024. For his first major outdoor installation, Halilaj has transformed the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with a sprawling work that explores the intersection […]

The Green-Wood Cemetery + City Lore to Unveil ‘Naming The Lost’ Memorial in May

      Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly 1.2 million people across the country—including an estimated 83,000 in New York City—have lost their lives to the virus. Countless others continue to suffer from Long COVID. The mounting toll of death and diminished health has inflicted immeasurable pain but also brought communities together […]

‘Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory’ on View at El Museo del Barrio

      El Museo del Barrio presents: Archaeology of Memory, the first retrospective exhibition by the pioneering installation artist, curator, and theorist. Born in 1943 to a Mexican immigrant family, Mesa-Bains has been a leading figure in Chicanx art for nearly half a century. Her practice explores intersectional feminist themes, environmentally centered spirituality, and […]

A Portal Linking NYC To Ireland Unveiled in The Flatiron to Resume Live from 6am to 4pm Daily

        June 5, 2024 Update ~ The Portal has been temporarily CLOSED for bad behavior. Working hard to fix the human part of this installation, the Flatiron/NoMad Partnership indicated that The Portal will be LIVE from 8:00am to 3:00pm daily. A groundbreaking public technology sculpture known as “The Portal” is set to […]