Human Connection Arts 2021




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Human Connection Arts was launched in 2017, born from the days when Andy Golub, its founder, painted freely in the streets of New York City.

Now, the nonprofit ~ true to its mission of forming unique connections between artist and model during body painting ~ focuses on the vulnerabilities between models and artists, creating significant impact on artist, models and the public, as they strive to build a world where all people are accepted, regardless of race, gender, size, shape, age and even political views.

Kicking-off 2021, Human Connection Arts announced the opening of new indoor gallery and outdoor courtyard, set to open on January 18, 2021 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The new space will be located at Java Art Studios, where HCA will host free interactive events each week, including painting, poetry, music, movement, and conversations.

Next up ~ November 14th from 6-11pm, Body Paint Party. click Here for location & directions.

Save the Date for the Holiday Party on December 11th. Click Here for tickets and location.

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‘Halloween on Broadway’ at Ellen’s Stardust Diner!




The fabulous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, reopening earlier this month, will celebrate “HALLOWEEN ON BROADWAY” with their world famous singing wait staff, The Stardusters, in costume all week long leading up to special performances of Halloween hit songs on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31The first set, which will begin at 6:00pm on both nights, will be family-friendly, and the second set, beginning at 8:30pm on both nights, will be catered to the 16 and over crowd.  Reservations can be made now onYelp (  Guests unable to make a reservation can join the waitlist on Yelp, a feature which has allowed the always busy Ellen’s Stardust Diner to reopen safely under a reduced capacity.

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Check out the Winner of the 25th Annual World Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Clarence, NY




Andy Wolf poses for a photograph with his first-place pumpkin, which officially weighed in at 1982.5 pounds (although the scale fluctuated during the photo op afterward). Photo credit: Derek Gee via Buffalo News.

As a child, I remember my Uncle taking me to a huge plot of land he owned in Rhinebeck near his home where he grew pumpkins ~ the largest pumpkins I had ever seen. Each year, I looked forward to taking a seat on his tractor, surveying rows of these uniquely shaped gourds. Here began a love of pumpkins ~ painting, carving, illuminating ~ and contests weighing-in the largest pumpkins of each season. Every October, The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York holds an annual World Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and the 2020 winner officially weighed-in on October 3rd at 1,982.5 pounds!

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Pumpkin Patch in the Channel Gardens at Rock Center




You never know what you’ll find in the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. No sooner did the sand castle come down when we found a pumpkin patch complete with scarecrow!

Below are a few pictures of this seasonal installation ~ and yes, the ice skating rink is open,

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Halloween at Grove Court in Greenwich Village




Photographed in 2011, AFineLyne

In addition to the Tricks, Treats, and Parades are the homes spilling over with Halloween enthusiasm. One of the Treats of this Holiday is the six red-brick townhouses that make up the private complex known as Grove Court, set back at 13 Grove Street. Every year, the residents of Grove Court fill the courtyard with pumpkins. Here are two photos we took on two separate years.

A little history  of Grove Court can be found in Off the Grid. #SavingPlaces #ThisPlaceMatters

Photographed in 2010, AFineLyne