Bryant Park Musical Chairs

This upcoming week in New York City seems to truly mark the beginning of summer, with the return of Governors Ball, Figment art festival, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, Belmont Stakes, and Discovery Day at Staten Island.

Monday, June 1st

Fata Morgana, the controversial 500-foot canopy of mirrored disks, will open at Madison Square Park. It’s been in construction for a few months–check out our preview here.

Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste beneficiaries.

Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste of the Upper West Side beneficiaries.

How good are Upper West Side restaurants? Good, abundant, and public-spirited enough to support a three-evening annual food festival, New Taste of the Upper West Side, which opened with a soirée Wednesday night at the Museum of Natural History.

Run by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, New Taste is also a fundraiser—the soirée donates its proceeds to Theodore Roosevelt Park and the three evenings support the BID’s sustainable landscaping of West Side streets, as well as Wellness in the Schools, Greenhouse Classroom, and CityMeals-on-Wheels. Participating restaurants and chefs donate their time, food, wine, cocktails, and beverages.

Here, we’ve highlighted of a few of our local favorites participating in New Taste of the Upper West Side, starting at the BID’s southern boundary, Columbus Circle.


Chisel and Mouse Fun Maps Plaster City-NYC-Untapped Cities-01Plaster-cast buildings that double as bookends, by Chisel & Mouse. Image via chiselandmouse.com

Hopefully some millennials out there still remember those rainy grade school afternoons spent building pillow forts and Lego sets. There was a simple joy in putting things together and playing make-believe. Thankfully, one can never be too old to make castles in the sand. Or plaster.

Robert and Gavin Paisley were once software developers. Now, the British-based duo run a company that designs plaster architectural models. The brothers call it Chisel & Mouse in reference to their mixing of traditional methods with 3-D printing and computer aided design (CAD) technology.


Explorers Club-Upper East Side-NYCExplorers Club, photo via Narratively

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Peter Stuyvesant Arrives in New Amsterdam as Governor-NYC-Today in NYC-Untapped CitiesPeter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam as the new Director General of New Netherland. Image via allposter.com

New Amsterdam in the early 1640s was a mess. Trash was strewn about the muddy streets, drunken sailors and farm animals ambled about, and New Netherland’s small population was huddled up in Manhattan after a bruising war against local Native American tribes. Enter Peter Stuyvesant. On May 27, 1647, he took over as Director General of New Netherland for the Dutch West India Company, telling the assembled crowd that he would “govern you as a father his children.” He would play the stern father in New Netherland until 1664, when the Dutch surrendered control of the colony to the British. (New Netherland was the full New York-area colony, New Amsterdam was lower Manhattan.)


image via Wikimedia by (WT-de)_MistoffelesThe Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux. Image via Wikimedia by (WT-de)_Mistoffeles

The year was 1925. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was three years from his media empire’s peak. He commanded nearly 30 different papers in cities around the country and enjoyed a fortune valued today at $35 billion dollars. Naturally, the next step was to buy a High Medieval Spanish monastery, disassemble it stone by stone, pack it into 11,000 wooden crates, and ship it all from Sacramenia in Northern Spain to Brooklyn, New York.