The annual event ‘Archtober‘ brings together over 100 partner institutions across the five boroughs to celebrate the importance of architecture and design. Running from October 1-31, here are just a few of the events and exhibitions that caught our eye, including each and every ‘Building of the Day’.
Fête Nationale ~ also known as French National Day or Bastille Day ~ commemorates the start of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789. It’s an Event to celebrate here in New York City. Beginning with French Restaurant Week, here are a few suggestions.
Beginning in 1969 with a ‘Gay Power’ demonstration of about 500 people in Washington Square Park, the NYC Pride March is now considered to be the largest Pride Parade in the United States. In 2019, celebrating Stonewall 50/WorldPride NYC, approximately five-million people took part over the final weekend of the celebrations, with about four-million in attendance at the parade.
Join NYC Pride 2023 during the month of June as it celebrates its legacy and future projects like the 2024 opening of the LGBTQ Visitor Center and The American LGBTQ+ Museum with an anticipated opening in 2026.
Below are just a few events during #NYCPride on our list.
Dust off your sneakers and get ready for the annual Jane’s Walk, which will be held on May 5-7. Organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York, it is the largest chapter of the festival anywhere in the world, with more than 165 in-person, virtual, and on-demand walks in all five boroughs.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today released New York City’s balanced $102.7 billion Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). The budget reflects the mayor’s ongoing commitment to promoting an equitable recovery by making investments in affordable housing, keeping city streets clean, ensuring the safety of communities, and promoting a greener, healthier city. The Preliminary Budget also doubles down on Mayor Adams’ commitment to fiscal responsibility by spending limited city resources wisely amid the ongoing economic and fiscal challenges facing the city, state, and nation, and maintaining the city’s budget reserves at a record level of $8.3 billion.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced the selection of an architectural joint-venture to assist in developing the agency’s vision for a reimagined, state-of-the-art Midtown Bus Terminal. The new terminal replacement project will have expanded capacity to accommodate commuter bus growth through 2050 and also accommodate intercity buses that now pick up and drop off on the streets surrounding today’s outdated terminal. The proposed project will also provide new off-street capacity for buses waiting their turn to pick up and drop off, as well as capacity for storing buses between the morning and evening rush periods.
Leaving New York and want to take a piece of this great City with you? Or are you looking for a second home? Here’s the ultimate souvenir. The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) today listed Redbird subway car #9075 – the last of its kind – for public auction.
Update ~ The Redbird sold at auction for $235,700.00, 35-times the starting bid of $6,500.00, to an undisclosed lucky buyer.
NotCo, the fast-growing food-tech pioneer that’s disrupting plant-based innovation with its proprietary AI technology, and Shake Shack, which serves elevated versions of American classics using only the best ingredients, announced the debut of two delicious plant-based offerings. Both the Non-Dairy Chocolate Custard and Non-Dairy Chocolate Shake will be tested in 10 select Shake Shack locations in New York and South Florida throughout the summer.
The non-dairy shake and frozen custard will be available at the Astor Place, Midtown East, Harlem, Upper East Side and Battery Park City Shacks starting today, May 17, for a limited time and are part of Shake Shack’s efforts to include more sustainably sourced menu items.
Marian Goodman Gallery will open its doors to The Awakening, Tavares Strachan’s first major exhibition in the New York space, which will open on Friday, 6 May through Saturday, 11 June 2022. The Awakening marks part one of a trilogy of exhibitions, which will continue with In Total Darkness at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, and In Broad Daylight at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, which will be on view concurrently this Fall, in October 2022.
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 May 31st.
The 12,000-square-foot exhibition features over 750 original objects and survivor testimonies from the Museum’s collection. Together, these objects tell a global story through a local lens, rooted in objects donated by survivors and their families, many of whom settled in New York and nearby places.
The Women’s History Month theme for 2022 is ‘Providing Healing, Promoting Hope‘. The theme recognizes the many ways in which women have provided healing and hope to humanity for countless generation and continue to do so today. Here are a few ways to support and celebrate Women’s History Month, 2022.
Public Art Fund expands on its use of the JCDecaux bus shelters as canvas with an ambitious new three-city exhibition, Global Positioning ~ new artworks by 20 international artists that reveals our fundamental shared humanity across the boundaries of geography, culture, language, history, and politics. Coming together from 17 countries across six continents, these creative voices span disparate regions including the Amazon rainforest in Colombia; the desert lands of the Indulkana Community in Central Australia; Yangon, Myanmar, where the military has seized control through a coup; and the West African port city of Accra, Ghana. The exhibition debuts on January 26 on 320 JCDecaux bus shelters throughout New York City, Chicago, and Boston.
Public Art Fund will also be hosting an upcoming virtual panel talkwith three of the artists in the exhibition, Myriam Boulos (Beirut, Lebanon), Nolan Oswald Dennis (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Denisse Ariana Pérez (Barcelona, Spain), on January 31st at 1:30pm ET on Zoom. In conversation with PAF’s Artistic & Executive Director Nicholas Baume, they’ll discuss the impact of public art throughout the pandemic, and how art can reveal our shared humanity across various boundaries.
The Schinasi Mansion, located at 351 Riverside Drive, is the last remaining detached single-family home in Manhattan used as a residence. Built in 1907, the 12,000 square-foot, neo-French-Renaissance style structure was designed by William Tuthill – the architect who designed Carnegie Hall. It was commissioned by the Turkish tobacco baron, Morris Schinasi. Schinasi, who lived there until his death in 1928.
As part of New York’s vision for a world-class airport at LaGuardia, Terminal B unveiled spectacular new permanent artworks by world-renowned artists, Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens and Sarah Sze. The project is a partnership with the leading New York-based nonprofit Public Art Fundto bring inspirational, large-scale art installations to the new LaGuardia Airport.
This year during Women’s History Month we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ~ Giving women the right to vote. ‘Valiant Women of the Vote,’ this year’s theme, “honors the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”
Did you know that for every $100 you spend at an independently owned business, $68 will stay in the community? And when you spend the same amount at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. We learned this from Greenlight Bookstore, and have to agree ~ independent bookshops have roots in their communities and work hard to meet the needs of their neighbors. The Independent bookshops within the five boroughs of New York City are as individual as the people that make up our multicultural City. Here are more than forty independent bookshops that caught our eye. Some have been around since the 1920s and most are family owned and operated.
In celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, The New York Philharmonic has launched Project 19 ~ born of the conviction that an orchestra can participate in conversations about social imperatives and even change the status quo. Through Project 19, the Philharmonic can mark a “tectonic shift in American culture,” says President and CEO Deborah Borda, by giving women composers a platform and catalyzing representation in classical music and beyond. Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the first six World Premieres. The Orchestra will premiere the next two commissions in May–June 2020. 11 more premieres will follow in future seasons.
Public Art Fund launched a multi-work installation, extending through 100 sites across New York City. The installation, sun to sun, is the work of photographer Ellie Pérez, and consists of a suite of sixteen new photographic works displayed on bus shelters in over thirteen neighborhoods citywide. We caught some of the images along 125th Street in Harlem, and one along Madison Avenue in El Barrio ~ sharing below.
It’s Summertime ~ when nothing is better than life outdoors with the annual Summer Streets and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. This year, adding to our list will be a 100-site installation by Public Art Fund, 7 new sculptures on the Park Avenue Mall, and The Harlem Art Collective’s Summer installation on The Guerrilla Gallery Wall, addressing social and political issues in the news and close to our hearts. Be sure to check ‘Still on View‘ for the many fabulous installations closing soon.
Carnegie Hall presents Migrations: The Making of America, a citywide festival that traces the journeys of people from different origins and backgrounds who helped to shape and influence the evolution of American arts and culture. The festival features more than 100 events celebrating the many contributions of the people who helped to build our American culture. The event will kick-off on March 9th and run through May, 2019 at more than 75 leading cultural and academic institutions.
February is Black History Month, but The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture got an early start in celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90 birthday on January 15th with the new exhibition, CRUSADER ~ and The Brooklyn Academy of Music will hold its annual event on January 21st. So let’s get the celebration started with a few suggestions to add to your list for Black History Month 2019, beginning now!
Manhattan is filled with surprises, located in every direction including ~ up! And that is where we found this beauty ~ designed by McKim, Mead & White, and artist William Zorach. It has been name The Wizard of Park Avenue.
L’ÉCOLE School of Jewelry Arts, with support of Van Cleef & Arpels, will return to New York this month with a series of classes, exhibitions, and evening conversations immersing the public in the art of jewelry.
New Yorkers for Parks acts as technical assistance providers, providing in-depth data on open space across the city, and offers advocacy support for communities undergoing rezoning. Since the data is limited, the search is on for all aspects of parks and open space that aren’t already captured.
We were at that Cooper Hewitt exhibition in 2015, and reviewed our photographs of the images that are now brought to life this next year. Below are a few photos from this exhibition ~ architectural models and large-scale renderings for Pier55/Little Island, a public park and performance space currently being constructed and jetting out 186 feet from the edge of Manhattan into the Hudson River.
Best said by Storefront for Art and Architecture in a recent press release, the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an installation that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today. With an archeological and projective twist, the project seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.
Taking a stroll down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday has been a New York City tradition since the 1870s. The annual event begins at 49th Street and runs to 57th Street, with a concentration of spectacular hats in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Check out some of the people and hats we saw on our stroll along Fifth Avenue in Easter’s past..
March for our Lives, a nationwide protest against gun violence, has planned a March for Saturday, March 24th. The main March will take place in Washington, D.C. with supporters planning sister marches in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and other cities.
Here are a few photo’s posted on Twitter + Instagram from the March that caught our eye.