When you think of horses and New York City, usually the carriages of Central Park come to mind. But right in Queens is Belmont Park, a racetrack that still stands testament to a glory era of horse racing in America. It has not only has hosted famous thoroughbreds winners like Secretariat, War Admiral and Sir Barton, but also has been the sight of many historic moments: an airshow by Wilbur and Orville Wright and the first airmail service between Washington D.C. and New York. In addition, the track was built at the initiative of August Belmont and former Secretary of the Navy William C. Whitney, on the grand 650-acre estate of William de Forest Manice, who once literally owned the plot of land that became Herald Square.
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As you may know from our Top Ten Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum, The Met’s got a roof bar with a view, and this past month, its annual summer exhibit went up, this time a modern sculpture garden complete with a deconstructed floor. French artist Pierre Huyghe (pronounced hweeg) arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 12 with a sculptural installation designed especially for the museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.
The 1964 World’s Fair pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park by Philip Johnson is viewed by some as a symbol of past glory. To others, it’s just an old, decaying building that has been in the park for decades, prominently featured in the 90s science-fiction action-comedy Men in Black. To the “history nerds and World’s Fair geeks” that filled the Queens Theatre to witness the world premiere of director Matthew Silva’s fantastic new documentary Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, the structure means so much more.
You read that right: there is a nine-foot tall Hello Kitty, and it lives in New York’s Dag Hammerskjold Plaza on East 47th Street.
After a modest Kickstarter campaign, Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda’s ambitious new art installation finally opened on East 47th Street last month. The Hello Kitty statue, dubbed the “Time After Time Capsule” by its creator, was built to store donated personal items called “kawaii,” or “objects and feelings uniquely personalized by each individual” as Masuda puts it. Sadly, as of our photo last week almost a month after opening, it remains nearly empty.
Inside Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, image via CBS.
Opened in 1967, Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market is the largest produce market in the country. It occupies 105 acres, with four primary warehouse structures, two adjunct warehouses, and various administrative and maintenance structures.The market captures an estimated $2 to $2.3 billion in revenue per year, or 22% of regional wholesale produce sales, equivalent to approximately 60% of the produce sales within New York City.
The next event from the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series on June 24th will bring Untapped Cities/NYCEDC guests on a rare inside look at the market’s logistics and history from Myra Gordon, manager of the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, who will take the tour through the market’s repacking houses and produce displays while the market is in operation. There will also be an opportunity to chat with vendors at the market about their businesses, as well as a Q&A with Myra in the board room following the tour. This tour will give New Yorkers an inside look at a critical part of the city’s infrastructure.
Because the market is active only in the mornings and weekdays, the tour is scheduled for 9a, Wednesday on June 24th. Exact meeting location will be sent the week before the tour.
Tickets limited. Required attire: Comfortable shoes (no open toe shoes), appropriate tops, no shorts, short skirts.