A renewed interest and growth in Harlem has seen no bounds. From park to park and from 110th Street heading north, new housing, shops and restaurants are springing up faster than can be announced. Bringing it all together is a new festival Harlem EatUp which will take place from May 14-17, celebrating the food, culture and spirit of Harlem all wrapped up in a festive four-day event.
Photo by Hiram Maristany, from Anchor
On display at the Hunter College Art Galleries in East Harlem are over fifty years of photographs of the El Barrio neighborhood by resident and photographer Hiram Maristany. The exhibit, located within Silberman School of Social Work, depicts the everyday life Maristany observed while growing up with eight siblings on East 111th Street. His chance encounter with the Magnum photographer Robert Henriques opened the door to his love of photography and Henriques, seeing that spark of creativity in this young boy, gave him his first camera – a Leica IIIg.
At the second annual Designer Showhouse for Sotheby’s, in anticipation of their auction scheduled for April 20th, thirteen design firms each decorated a room in the auction house’s Manhattan headquarters, transforming what are normally glass atriums and galleries into the feel of a cozy, eclectic, upscale house. There are approximately 300 objects in all, ranging from American paintings, silver, photography, furniture and carpets. Above is the spectacular entrance to this year’s showhouse, which is held on the fifth floor.
Soft Spin, a sculptural & sound installation by Heather Nicol in the Winter Garden Atrium
The Winter Garden Atrium has always been one of our favorite indoor public spaces. It was designed by architect Cesar Pelli in 1985 and completed in 1988, bearing the name World Financial Center. Severely damaged during the September 11th attacks in 2001, the reconstruction required 2,000 panes of glass and 60,000 square feet of marble flooring and stairs. The ten story pavilion located on Vesey Street is now part of the Brookfield Place office complex.
Often activated with art programmed by Arts Brookfield, the latest is the current exhibit Soft Spin, a sculptural and sound installation by Heather Nicol. Designed to conjur up the feel of swirling skirts, six colorful sculptures are suspended from the ceiling.
New York creativity springs to life during the annual Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue. The street, which is only open to walking traffic between 49th Street to 57th Street, becomes a colorful sea of hats in every shape and size, from vintage to down-right playful. This year we bumped into many familiar faces, and some new kids on the Avenue, that were probably in strollers last year. Here are a few of our favorites this year.
The Public Art Fund‘s new exhibit, Desire Lines by artist TatianaTrouvé sits in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a location that previously featured an idealized ruin and six towering blue clouds, forming a nice conversation with the gold leaf General Sherman Statue across the way.