Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chocolate tasting, Chinese New Year parade, Fashion week and new exhibits

Free Chocolate Tasting, The Strand
Indulge Your Senses With Some Haute Chocolate

Sorry, all the other aphrodisiacs, but we would bend it like Beckham for some unbelievable artisanal chocolate, if you know what we mean? Come taste sizzling chocolates by Haute Chocolate, a brand committed to "a life of virtuous hedonism," oh my. Free and open to public, so swing by any time this afternoon for a little bit of love.




Chinese New Year Parade
This month, Chinatown gets stormed by dragons, dancers and some of the best Chinese food the city has to offer in celebration of the Lunar New Year. But before you get lost in the bang of firecrackers, check out some of the best things to do in Chinatown, NYC. Brace yourself for what’s sure to be a wild celebration with the Chinese New Year Parade!

Get camera-ready for Fashion Week 2018. NYC will be filled with a stampede of posh editors, bloggers, stylists and shutterbugs. (They will be invading your favorite coffee shops and cafes. You’ve been warned). Tickets to some of the major runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. Maybe you don’t have a front-row seat to the shows or a spot reserved next to Anna Wintour, but don't fret—we’ve got you covered. From free New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend to tips on how to get noticed by street style photographers, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop. Make sure to book an appointment at one of the best hair salons NYC has to offer and hit the best clothing stores and plan out your most stylish outfits for the week—you never know who might be taking your picture.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide for things to do in winter

When is New York Fashion Week 2018?
New York Fashion Week runs from Thursday, February 8th to Friday, February 16th, 2018. Men's Fashion Week will be Monday, February 5th to Wednesday, February 8th, 2018.

Where is New York Fashion Week 2018?
Fashion Week shows take place all over the city, but the bulk of the core presentations take place at Spring Studios (6 St Johns Ln) with some shows at Industria (various locations in the city).

How do I get tickets to New York Fashion Week 2018?
NYFW includes two types of shows: Industry and open-to-the-public shows. Unless you're a buyer or work in press, it is unlikely that you'll be able to snag a seat to the heavy hitters. However, you can nab tickets to the public shows here.
The Socrates Annual
Feb
14
Arts & Culture
The Socrates Annual
Fifteen public art pieces debut at the Socrates Sculpture Park.


The Body: Fashion and Physique
Feb
14
Museums & Galleries
The Body: Fashion and Physique
The exhibit explores the relationship between garments and the human body over a 250-year period.


Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC
Feb
14
Things to Do
Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC
See a collection of colorful, cartoony maps at the NYPL.


Rose Crystal Tower at Union Square
Feb
14
Arts & Culture
Rose Crystal Tower at Union Square
Rose Crystal Tower is glass artist Dale Chihuly’s sculptural ode to pink rock candy in Union Square.

We’ll wait no longer for the gift of sound and vision. He sold the world, fell to earth, jammed with the spiders from Mars—few artists covered more terrain (and crossed more cultural boundaries) than David Bowie. The musician-actor-tastemaker-digital-innovator will be the subject of a Brooklyn Museum exhibition come March 2; handwritten lyrics, wacky outfits, videos and all kinds of rare archival material will highlight the audiovisual extravaganza.

Monday, January 22, 2018

More benefits with the NYC ID, free entry to museums, memberships and discounts


Go and get you ID for free!
New York City residents are now able to sign up for IDNYC – a government-issued identification card that is available to all City residents age 14 and older. Immigration status does not matter. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this initiative in his State of the City address in January 2014 and less than one year later proudly launched the largest municipal identification card program in the nation.

Getting Your IDNYC Card:
All New York City residents age 14 and older can get an IDNYC card. Applicants must complete an application and submit it at an IDNYC Enrollment Center. Applicants are also required to present proof of identity and residency in New York City. Many types of documents are accepted, all of which are listed on the documentation page. You must submit your application and proof of identity and residency in person at an IDNYC Enrollment Center or an IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center, which travels to neighborhoods across the City. After you apply for the card, it will be sent to you in the mail.

The IDNYC card is free for all New Yorkers who apply through December 31, 2018. Cards are valid for five years from the date the application is approved. The application process is accessible to people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.

Using Your IDNYC Card:
The IDNYC card is an accessible and secure document that enables residents to access City services and grant admission to City buildings, such as schools. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at select financial institutions.

You are able to use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York. The card can be integrated with your account at the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library Systems. This is the first time a single card can be utilized across all three systems. To use your IDNYC card at a library, ask a librarian or a library clerk at your local branch to connect your IDNYC card with your library account or sign up for a new library account and use your IDNYC card as your library card.

Furthermore, a number of additional benefits are available to IDNYC cardholders including the opportunity to sign up for free one-year memberships at 40 of the city's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens. The IDNYC card offers a full package of exciting benefits that includes discounts on movie tickets, sporting events, prescription drugs, fitness and health centers, supermarkets, and New York City attractions. The card is also accepted at a number of banks and credit unions in the city to open a bank account.

For information about the benefits of the IDNYC Veteran Designation, visit the veteran designation page.

Card Availability:
The IDNYC card is now available at Enrollment Centers across all five boroughs. You can also use our map to get directions to your nearest Enrollment Center.

Privacy and Confidentiality:
The City will protect the confidentiality of all Municipal ID Card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by applicable federal and state law, and in accordance with Local Law 35.

In addition, the City will not ask applicants for information about their immigration status for purposes of obtaining the card in accordance with Executive Orders 34 and 41.

You can learn more about how your information will be protected by the City visit the privacy and confidentiality
page.https://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/benefits/latest-idnyc-benefits.page

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January and february are winter wonderlands in NYC

Grand central train show
The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal is back with its annual Holiday Train Show, whose layout features Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene. Vintage trains from the museum’s collection, including New York Central models, travel all the way to the diorama’s North Pole.

Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
JAN 11, 2017 — FEB 11, 2018
The Public Art Fund continues its celebration of their 40th anniversary year with a major citywide exhibit by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei. Employing actual fences set in public areas throughout New York City, this unusual outdoor show will highlight the potent symbolism of barriers and walls at a time when they have become a hot topic. Sites chosen for the installation include Essex Street Market, Cooper Union, bus shelters in Brooklyn and Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park, along with other spots throughout the five boroughs.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
JAN 11, 2017 — JAN 31, 2018

Fans of Downton Abbey will relish this immersive exhibition, which features set re-creations, costumes from the show and thousands of artifacts. Guests will find themselves transported to the post-Edwardian England era, with the show’s characters and the house coming to life. There are also opportunities to book private dinners or partake in special dinner events. (The exhibition takes place at 218 W. 57th St.)

NYC Ice-Skating Rinks
JAN 11, 2017 — MAR 31, 2018

New York City’s many ice-skating rinks are synonymous with winter and the first glimpse of the holiday season. If you prefer your skating experience to come with a killer view, take a spin at Wollman Rink (open late-October through March), with its amazing skyline vistas from inside Central Park, or enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the seasonal Rink at Rockefeller Center (in December, the famous tree will be there too). The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, which is open October to March, is another fine option with stunning architecture nearby. For an indoor experience that will make you feel like a professional hockey or skating star, visit City Ice Pavilion in Queens or the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn; both operate year-round.

Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983
JAN 11 — APR 1
Forty years ago, dirt-cheap rents and an edgy vibe lured arty types to swarm downtown venues like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. One such place was Club 57 on St. Marks Place, which hosted evenings like the "Monster Movie Club" and "Name That Noise: A Punk Rock Game Show," and attracted artists and performers such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, John Sex and Ann Magnuson. The scrappy venue is now the subject of this MoMA retrospective, which looks back to a moment when New York was dirtier and more dangerous—but also more alive with creative possibilities.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Xmas in NYC

Dec
12

Attractions
Holiday Train Show
The beaux-arts landmark serves as the location for the annual holiday train show, which features model trains zipping through a miniature NYC.
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23 Days of Flatiron Cheer
Dec
12

Festivals & Parades
23 Days of Flatiron Cheer
This annual neighborhood festival, 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer, brings holiday-time cheer to the area around the Flatiron Building.
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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Dec
12

Arts & Culture
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
The Public Art Fund presents Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's citywide installation of fences in unusual places.
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The Socrates Annual
Dec
12

Arts & Culture
The Socrates Annual
Fifteen public art pieces debut at the Socrates Sculpture Park.
More Info
Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton
Dec
12

Fashion
Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton
The exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present.
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The Body: Fashion and Physique
Dec
12

Museums & Galleries
The Body: Fashion and Physique
The exhibit explores the relationship between garments and the human body over a 250-year period.
More Info
Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC
Dec
12

Things to Do
Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC
See a collection of colorful, cartoony maps at the NYPL.
More Info
Rose Crystal Tower at Union Square
Dec
12

Arts & Culture
Rose Crystal Tower at Union Square
Rose Crystal Tower is glass artist Dale Chihuly’s sculptural ode to pink rock candy in Union Square.

Chelsea
When you’re in the mood for a stimulating walk, don’t just traverse the length of the High Line—disembark at 20th or 23rd Streets and spend an afternoon strolling around the City’s art epicenter. The Chelsea gallery district occupies about 10 blocks (from 18th to 28th Streets, between 10th and 11th Avenues), and features contemporary art in every medium. This is the place to see the biggest names alongside the most notable up-and-comers.

Don’t Miss:
• Gagosian shows boldface names such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Andreas Gursky.
• Matthew Marks’ roster of legends include Jasper Johns and Nan Goldin.
• International powerhouse Hauser & Wirth shows intriguing newcomers.
• 1980s icon Mary Boone features artists who range from the universally known (Ross Bleckner) to the almost there (Ai Weiwei and KAWS).
• 303 Gallery’s top-flight names include multimedia artist Doug Aitken and sculptor Mary Heilmann.
• Luhring Augustine tends toward the edgy via Pipilotti Rist, Larry Clark and Christopher Wool.
• At Sikkema Jenkins, Kara Walker has caused a sensation with her bold paintings that address race and gender.
• Aperture focuses on photography (see what we did there?).
• David Zwirner’s range from the canonized (Piet Mondrian) to the all-but (Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon).

Sargent's Daughters NYC Artwork by Saira McLaren. Courtesy, Sargent's Daughters
Lower East Side
Young artists may have moved their lofts to Brooklyn from the historically gritty Lower East Side, but plenty of their work remains on display here. And though the neighborhood is increasingly characterized by glitzy hotels and glittery bars, the predominant vibe of the work in this neighborhood is early career and edgy. The must-see galleries are gathered east of Bowery and between Houston and Grand Streets, abutting Chinatown and Nolita, making the district ideal for walking off brunch—or killing time while you’re waiting for a table.

​​Don’t Miss:
• Gavin Brown’s Enterprise is reliably surprising, as seen in the work of sculptor Urs Fischer and video artist Michel Auder.
• Miguel Abreu concentrates on multimedia- and performance-focused newcomers.
• 47 Canal’s diverse offerings include Michele Abeles’ photo collages and Josh Kline’s political sculptures.
• Sargent’s Daughters features provocative female artists.
• Salon 94 Bowery shows crowd-pleasing artists like Marilyn Minter, Nate Lowman, Lyle Ashton Harris and David Benjamin Sherry.

Gagosian Upper East Side NYCInstallation view from "Cy Twombly" (2015), Gagosian. © Cy Twombly Foundation. Courtesy, Gagosian. Photo: Robert McKeever
Upper East Side
Befitting its tony reputation, the Upper East Side has a stately set of galleries, many in converted townhouses. Downtowners such as Gagosian have opened up outposts here, with a polished selection of work. The district is located in the mid-70s between Park Avenue and Central Park, but there are some outliers.

Don’t Miss:
• Acquavella has a slate of big contemporary figures—you may catch a Pollock, Warhol or Rothko on view.
• Gagosian’s uptown branch shows British painters Damien Hirst and Cecily Brown, among others.
• Michael Werner specializes in paintings by modern masters.
• Gladstone 64 skews more impish than most in the area, with moody canvases from the likes of Elizabeth Peyton and Carroll Dunham (Lena’s dad).

The Drawing Center NYCThe Drawing Center. Photo: Paul Warchol
Soho
In the 1970s and ’80s, Soho was the City’s best-known art district, though these days the neighborhood is more famous for its retail and restaurants. Still, there is plenty of work here that is not to be missed. The vibrant, modern vibe of the area’s top galleries goes perfectly with a shopping trip.

Don’t Miss:
• Team Gallery shows Ryan McGinley and Cory Arcangel, two former enfant terribles who’ve grown into major contemporary figures.
• The Drawing Center’s work illustrates the power of the pen and pencil.
• Deitch Projects specializes in the eternally hip, from the likes of Suicide musician Alan Vega and Kenny Scharf.
• Peter Freeman Inc. focuses on 20th-century pop art and minimalism (think Mel Bochner and Richard Serra).

Microscope Gallery NYCArtist: Zach Nader. Courtesy, Microscope Gallery
Williamsburg and Bushwick
If you want to be “down with the kids,” put these neighborhoods on your list and keep an eye on them for the next few years. At least one major Chelsea gallery has opened an additional location here, and although there hasn’t been an incoming flight of major gallerists, there are plenty of scrappy independents that show provocative, satisfying work. The adventure increases as you move east; the ones listed below are within shouting distance of the Morgan Avenue stop on the L train.

Don’t Miss:
• The way-out outpost of the longtime Chelsea gallery Luhring Augustine Bushwick is mind-bendingly eclectic, with exhibits ranging from digital art by Mike Kelley to pieces from the Middle Ages.
• Microscope focuses on cutting-edge digital and performance art.
• Signal and Clearing show the cream of the crop of young Brooklyn artists (think Sebastian Black and Jordan Kasey).

Klomp Ching Gallery NYCInstallation of "Heads Will Roll," by Max de Esteban. Image © Klompching Gallery
Dumbo
A more established Brooklyn art neighborhood occupies about a five-block radius adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge and along the scenic waterfront. On the cobblestone streets you’ll find diverse offerings, both in artwork and exhibition spaces, from young newcomers to curators who’ve been at it for decades.

Don’t Miss:
• Art in General is a nonprofit enterprise that’s been showcasing artists who are lesser known (but shouldn’t be) since 1981.
• United Photo Industries displays up-and-coming photographers who specialize in social documentary.
• Klompching Gallery has experimental photography by new and established artists.
• A.I.R. gives female artists a prominent neighborhood platform.

by NYCgo

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween in NYC


Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

The annual Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is going down at Central Park’s Harlem Meer on October 29th from 4-7pm! This is a free event!
Festivities will include pumpkin carvings, a costume parade, scary stories and the highlight is the Pumpkin Flotilla — which is a whole bunch of lit up pumpkins floating across the Harlem Meer (this will commence at 6:30pm)!
Carve up your own pumpkin for a chance to get it on the Flotilla! But they are only accepting 50 so do your best work and bring it in on time! The official “pumpkin drop off” begins at 4pm.


Halloween NYC Parade

March IN the 2017 Parade!
Only those in costume are welcome to join…
hundreds of PUPPETS, 53 BANDS of Different Types of Music, DANCERS and ARTISTS, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in
…the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!

Line-up for 2017!
http://halloween-nyc.com/
For ONLY those in costume is on 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Alert! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. at Canal Street! Map

2017 Theme:

Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Long-Term Worries: Innovations for Growing Old at Home

The University of Ottawa and the German Center for Research and Innovation cordially invite you to a panel discussion on

Long-Term Worries: Innovations for
Growing Old at Home


November 8, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Prof. Colleen Flood
Associate Vice-President, Research, and Director of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa
Dr. Lorraine Frisina Doetter
Senior Research Fellow at Socium, Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany
Mr. Ali Hamandi
Trudeau Foundation Scholar and PhD candidate, Health Policy at Harvard University

German House, 871 United Nations Plaza (First Ave. at 49th Street), New York, NY
To RSVP by November 6 click here. Registration is required to attend.
Reception to follow.

Across the globe, long-term care systems are confronting growing demand, more complex patient needs, and limited capacity. Policy-makers face the increasing challenge of developing high quality and sustainable strategies to address the needs of aging populations. In many countries, the balance of long-term care is shifting from institutions towards home- and community-based care, which is generally more desirable from the patient perspective, and more cost-effective from a government perspective. But what are the costs of this shift to friends and family members providing informal care? What innovations can support the increasing role of home care? What promises and perils might assistive technologies offer? This panel features leading experts in law and policy from Canada, Germany and the United States, and will explore how innovations in financing and delivery are reshaping the landscape of long-term care.
www.germaninnovation.org
www.uottawa.ca/en

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September free events in NYC

Silvio Rodriguez Sunday in Central park
https://cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/
A lot of free concerts and other art events
at SUmmer stage and summer at the hudson
https://www.nycgo.com/events/summer-on-the-hudson