Enid A Haupt Conservatory: A World of PlantsOpened in 1902, the Haupt has been restored several times, most recently by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects in 1997, and refurbished in 2010.

If the New York Botanical Garden is the city’s greatest cultural institution you’ve never visited, you’ll want to rectify that immediately. Founded in 1891 by forward-thinking citizens and funded by taxpayers as well as the nation’s most famous moguls (Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Morgan were on the founding board), the NYBG was remarkable from day one.

Despite the NYBG’s timeless nature there are seasonal reasons to go now. For one thing, you don’t want to miss the extraordinary Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibition, whose run has been extended until November 1. For another, autumn is an especially beautiful time at the garden.


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It’s not everyday we bring a poncho to a party, but then again, it isn’t everyday BBQ Films throws a blood rave. The immersive cinema group who has taken us back in time on a number of occasions, has once again given us an experience that pretty much become the dominant conversation starter until the next BBQ event. For this blood rave, BBQ Films covered the entire ground level of Terminal 5 and after a set of performances gave the crowd of 1,000 ravers what they signed up for: A showering of (fake) blood, re-enacting the iconic scene from the 1998 action film Blade(more…)

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It’s a testament to New York City that when you find an art installation featuring a couple guys, two beds, and awesome wooden furniture, it doesn’t seem too far outside the realm of possibility as an official space public intervention. But, the French team from Boijeot Renauld is doing this on the fly, after taking over public spaces all over Europe and now New York City. We spotted them at Columbus Circle on Saturday morning, shortly before they got kicked out by police (but not before they managed to camp out overnight). This morning, they were in Times Square, and their first day was just near Columbia (perhaps en homage to Emma Sulkowicz’ Carry That Weight mattress thesis?).


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Last week, a project descended on El Barrio befitting its name. MonumentArt 2015 is the second installment of the International Mural Festival in East Harlem and the South Bronx, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and La Marqueta Retoña. Eleven internationally known artists were invited to participate this year, and create work from 99th Street to 138th Street that is specific to El Barrio and its history.


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Seeing people in attention-grabbing attire is pretty normal in New York City. However, if you were wondering why it was just a bit more strange than usual this weekend, it’s because the city’s nerds were all converging to the Jacob K. Javits Center for the 10th annual NYC Comic-Con. The second biggest comics convention in the country (behind San Diego) NYCC has become a place where fans and creatives come together. One of the highlights of attending any given year, is seeing what costumes fans have made in preparation for NYCC.

Nothing beats the excitement of someone seeing their favorite characters from comics, TV and film being brought to life. In appreciation of those who put in time to truly wow attendees this year, we present 10 of the best cosplay moments we saw at the 2015 NYC Comic-Con