Pixar-Themed Mini Golf Course Popping Up at Pier A from August through October!

 

 

 

Photo credit: Kelli Argott (Rockefeller) Pixar Putt

Pixar Putt, the ultimate pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience, popped up at Pier A in Battery Park City, open from August 1st through October 31, 2021! The colorful mini-golf experience is made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films.

Look for characters from Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out.

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Lady Liberty’s ‘Little Sister’ to Visit New York’s Ellis Island on July 1, 2021!

 

 

 

Lady Liberty’s Little Sister arrived! Image via The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Lady Liberty’s ‘Little Sister’ will be on view from July 1st to July 5th on Ellis Island! Arriving in New York City for Independence Day, and in Washington, D.C. on Bastille Day, the 9-foot, bronze statue of Lady Liberty was created from the original plaster model of 1878 by Auguste Bartholdi, currently exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris.

This event will happen 135 years after the Statue of Liberty was first unveiled on Liberty Island, celebrating freedom and the friendship between France and the U.S. After an unprecedented hard year and strict travel restrictions between our two countries, this project stems from a need to “renew our vows” and celebrate the shared values that are at the heart of the longstanding partnership between France and the U.S. This project will also highlight the artistic, technological and logistical prowess of bringing this new statue to America, and tell a modern tale of successful international cooperation.

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Public Art Fund will unveil Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days in May, 2021

 

 

 

Melvin Edwards, Song of the Broken Chains, 2020, Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © 2021 Melvin Edwards/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Presented by Public Art Fund at City Hall Park, New York City, May 4 to November 28, 2021.; Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY.

Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days will include five works created between 1970 and 1996, as well as a new sculpture commissioned in 2020, which was the originally anticipated date for this exhibit. Now, stepping out of our COVID-19 shutdown, this Public Art Fund exhibition will finally unveil in City Hall Park on May 4th, 2021.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith joins MvVO ART’s Ad Art Show in the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center

 

 

 

Image via Press Preview, YouTube MVVO Art, Ad Art, May 3, 2021

MvVO ART, creator of AD ART SHOW, announced that AD ART SHOW 2021 will return to the monumental screens inside the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center in New York (May 1 to 30, 2021) with Chad Smith—Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grammy Award-winning drummer and fine artist—as the featured guest artist and host of the show’s virtual opening on May 3, 2021 during Frieze week (follow MvVO ART on Instagram for more information). Artworks by Chad Smith will be exhibited on the monumental screens of the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center the final weekend of the show (May 29 & 30, 2021).

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Playscape to Open this Summer in The Battery

 

 

 

Across the path from the SeaGlass Carousel is The Battery Playscape, an innovative world of play and creativity designed and now being built by The Battery Conservancy (TBC). The new 1.4-acre Playscape triples the size of the current playground to respond to the growing number of Lower Manhattan families, the expanding elementary schools, and the increase visitation of children from all five boroughs. Eight of the Playhouses in the Playscape are now complete, as the Battery Playscape looks forward to opening this summer. Stay tuned.

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Electric Dandelions Light Up the Sky at The Seaport District

 

 

 

Electric Dandelions by Abram Santa Cruz and Liquid PXL. Image via seaport district nyc

The Seaport District will light up the sky with the installation, Electric Dandelions by Abram Santa Cruz and Liquid PXL. The ten elegant 28-foot structures resemble innocent flowers during the day, and feature 41 light tubes that crop out from a spherical center, allowing LED animations to work their magic at night.

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The Downtown Alliance Unveils Two New Light Installations at 85 Broad Street

 

 

 

Talking Heads at 85 Broad Street. Image via The Downtown Alliance

The Downtown Alliance just unveiled its fourth public art installation ~ two glowing projects that include a stunning pair of two 21-foot-tall sculptures entitled Talking Heads, and the sculpture “C/C” ~ a bench for seating, which casts complex shadows by day and transforms into a colorful LED light show at night.  Both public art projects are on loan from Amsterdam’s Light Art Collection. Continue reading “The Downtown Alliance Unveils Two New Light Installations at 85 Broad Street”

Hou de Sousa: ‘Ziggy’ is a Great Way to Socially Distance ~ Downtown on Water Street

 

 

 

Hou de Sousa: Ziggy. Image courtesy Flatiron Partnership and The Van Alen Institute on the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Plaza in 2019.

The Downtown Alliance has kicked-off the New Year with one of our favorite installations, Ziggy, located at 200 Water Street throughout Winter, 2021.

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Brookfield Place NYC unveils Jean Shin: Floating Maize

 

 

 

Jean Shin:Floating Maize at Brookfield Place NYC

Jean Shin: Floating Maize is a stunning new installation floating high above the grand stairway in the Winter Garden area of Brookfield Place. On the ground level, Jean Shin: The Last Straw. Let’s step inside.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation to Approved Proposal for Trinity Church Stained Glass Entrance Window + Updated Signage

 

 

 

Rendering of proposed design by artist Thomas Denny for Trinity Church. Image bia MBB/ NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

On June 2, 2020, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewed proposals from Trinity Church and Murphy Burnham & Buttrick (MBB) Architects to replace its multi-story stained glass window located above the entrance with a commissioned stained glass window designed by British stained glass artist Thomas Denny.  The proposal was approved.

In addition, Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) also granted Trinity Church necessary approvals to modify signage on the grounds of both the historic church and cemetery grounds. This includes digital displays, flagpole signage, and bronze placards.

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The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Brings the Stage to You ~ Online

 

 

 

From past performances, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, image courtesy NYTF on Facebook

In a time of great anxiety, several of our museums, galleries and educational institutions are stepping up with free online programming. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, who brought us ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ in Yiddish, has stepped up with ‘Folksbiene LIVE!’, a social media performance series. Can’t get to Broadway? Check out the online stage at Folksbiene! Live.

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NYC Parks + The Battery Conservancy Break Ground on $18.3 Million Battery Playscape Reconstruction Project!

 

 

NYC Parks + The Battery Conservancy. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined The Battery Conservancy President Warrie Price, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, City Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 Vice Chair Tammy Meltzer, and community members to break ground on The Battery Playscape reconstruction project.

2021 update here

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The Historic Equitable Building Shines a Spotlight on its History

 

 

 

40th Floor, 120 Broadway

The landmarked 120 Broadway, also know as the Equitable Building, has undergone a two-year, $50 million renovation. We were pleased to be invited to take a look inside, from the historic Banker’s Club space on the 40th floor to the newly created mural project on the third floor, and beautifully restored lobby. Come along, as we take in the new, while reflecting on the old.

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Taking a Ride on the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery ~ Reopening May 1, 2021

 

 

 

Seaglass Carousel

In keeping with the history of The Battery as the home to the first New York Aquarium, The Battery Conservancy included a design for an aquatic carousel when designing the park’s interior. The stunning carousel opened in 2015.

Update: The Carousel announced that they will reopen on Saturday, May 1, 2021! New hours of operation will be each Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 9pm during the month of May.

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Brookfield Place NYC Getting Ready for the Annual Canstruction Competition 2019

 

 

Water We going To Do About Hunter? ~ in a unique design of the Brooklyn Bridge and Watertower by AKF Group

The 27th Annual Canstruction New York Design/Build Competition will take place from November 7-21, 2019, on exhibit within the beautiful ten-story, glass-vaulted, Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place.

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Fraunces Tavern & Museum Celebrates the Year of its 300th Anniversary

 

 

 

Frances Tavern ~ a Monument to Memory

Fraunces Tavern celebrated its 300th Anniversary (1719-2019) on October 1st of this year. It commemorated the construction of one of the oldest historic sites in New York City ~ a place where General George Washington once stood. Let’s take a look inside.

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Seaport Community Mural Project 2019

 

 

 

Seaport Community Mural Project winners. Images via Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer

The winners of the Seaport Community Mural Project were announced by Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer and the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), with the winning designs and artists names above and below.

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Museum of Jewish Heritage Reopening with Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. extended to May, 2021

 

 

 

Uniform worn by Marian Kostuch, held as a Polish political prisoner. Kostuch was born on June 8, 1922, in Bieżanów. His occupation was listed in camp records as “tanner.” © Musealia

Update ~ January 27, 2021 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Check here for commemorative events at the Museum.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage reopened its doors to the largest and most extensive exhibition on Auschwitz ever presented in the United States, featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs ~ Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away on September 13, 2020.

“First and foremost is the safety of our visitors and our employees,” says Jack Kliger, President & CEO of the Museum. “As people venture out again seeking educational experiences in safe public places, museums such as ours are uniquely qualified to welcome them back. We also recognize that many people had purchased tickets to see Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. before it was due to close this year and are pleased to announce that we have arranged for the exhibition to remain with us through May 2, 2021.”

At the end of this post, safety precautions, new museum hours and ticketing information can be found.

Below, we begin with the arrival of the exhibition, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away in May, 2019.

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The Downtown Alliance Lights up the Night with Prismatica NYC

 

 

 

Prismatica Ottawa, Doublespace Photography.  Image via RAW Design

The Downtown Alliance is lighting up the lower Manhattan with the colorful interactive art trail, Prismatica beginning March 15, 2019.

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The Mural Project @ NYC’s World Trade Centers

 

 

 

Stickymonger in the window of 3WTC

We’ve been following the Downtown ‘Mural Project‘ in and around the 2WTC and 3WTC construction lots, now surrounded by a number of gorgeous new murals. With the Oculus in the background, the large-scale mural project takes viewers from Vesey and Greenwich Streets, down Church and Dey Streets to Cortlandt Street.

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Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation coming to New York Harbor

 

 

 

Image via Public Art Fund

The 1930s-era, John J. Harvey Fireboat has had a lengthy history, including pumping water to firefighters at the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks.  The Public Art Fund exhibition, Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation will create a new look in World War I-era camouflage, just in time for the 100th Anniversary year of the end of World War 1.

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Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza, Without Artwork or Tribute to Little Syria, Now Open to the Public

 

 

 

The Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza opened to the public this month. The project creates a new park by combining two existing plazas, rerouting traffic exiting from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, and removing excess roadbed along Greenwich Street.

The project was originally designed to include the first public monument to early Arab immigrants in New York, commemorating the influential writers and poets associated with Little Syria. We were surprised, and disappointed to see, that it did not.

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The Perelman Performing Arts Center @ The World Trade Center ~ Set for Completion in 2023

 

 

 

Overall digital model of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. By Chris Janjic via newyorkyimby

Construction continues on the REX designed cubic structure, The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC), which will become an international hub for the arts in the Financial District.

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Lego Live ~ NYC on February 16-18!

 

 

Save the Date ~ February 16-18 for the ultimate Lego Event! Lego Live NYC will feature build zones with all your LEGO favorites like Architecture, City, Friends, NINJAGO, Star Wars, Technic + many many more taking place in 65,000 square feet at Pier 36.

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Marilyn Minter Has a 280-Foot Message ~ ME (let’s think about that)

 

 

Marilyn Minter’s video installation at Westfield World Trade Center. Image via thecut.com

Westfield World Trade Center and The Art Production Fund will unveil a digital art installation by the artist Marilyn Minter entitled I’m Not Much But I’m All I Think About on January 11th at Westfield’s underground concourse at the Oculus.

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Volez, Voguez, Voyagez: the Rich History of Louis Vuitton ~ Opened in New York City

 

 

The historic journey of the House of Louis Vuitton has arrived in New York in the form of the exhibit, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez.  Curated by Oliver Saillard, with set designs by Robert Carsen, it is divided into ten chapters – one of which is entirely devoted to the United States and New York City.

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Search for Warmth: Works by Tomo Mori @ The Yard: City Hall Park

 

 

The Series ‘Our Little People’ ~ Artist, Tomo Mori

Save the Date for November 9th when one of our favorite artists, Tomo Mori will present her solo exhibit, Search for Warmth: Works by Tomo Mori at The Yard, City Hall Park.

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