The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory miniature created by Applied Imagination for the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Now in its 24th year, The New York Botanical Garden and Applied Imagination have filled the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with the Holiday Train Show. The installation fills the space, with tracks and trains whistling around you at several levels. No matter where you’re standing, you will view treasured landmarks in a colorful garden setting.
“Surviving Then and Now” South Bronx Sagas” by artist Linda Cunningham
The No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is addressing one of New York’s hot topics – community change – with its current exhibit NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries. The subject matter, shown in visual form, explores the culture and current environment of the South Bronx, and at the same time, draws parallels with current changes going on throughout New York City. The exhibit addresses what happens when community connections are broken, and the many issues that affect the people who live there via site-specific works by a collection of artists.
18 karat solid gold and jewel encrusted Monopoly set. Photo via National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute
Need some extraordinary holiday shopping ideas? The exhibit “Worth Its Weight: Gold From The Ground Up“ just opened at The Museum of American Finance, showing the ways gold has influenced our everyday lives from the American Gold Rush days to the present, along with its more unexpected uses (like the 18 karat gold Monopoly set, above). Worth Its Weight showcases hundreds of objects from over forty public and private collections.
Nova by SOFTlab was the winning proposal for the second annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition held by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), and Van Alen Institute. The unveiling of the holiday installation kicked off the Partnership’s annual programming with “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” on Wednesday night, with local businesses joining in. Music by The Jazz Gallery filled the air, while attendees enjoyed small bites by ilili Box and sipped hot chocolate courtesy of Shake Shack. The popular Flatiron Prize Wheel was spinning, with a chance to win a prize from local businesses.
Chris “Daze Ellis: The City is My Muse opens today at the Museum of the City of New York, an exhibit that takes you on a visual journey as Daze moves from painting trains to painting the New York City of his youth on canvas. Readers may remember Mr. Ellis from his group exhibit last year – “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” also curated by Sean Corcoran, the Museum’s Curator of Prints and Photographs. Here you will find a familiar and colorful display of paintings, photographs, etchings and ephemera, both recent and earlier work
The Seventh Avenue South entrance for the Hudson Park Library, built in 1906
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was among the wealthiest industrialists of his day and the fourth wealthiest of all time. Upon the sale of his steel company to J.P. Morgan for $480 million in 1901, he retired from business and set about distributing his fortune. His philanthropic career began around 1870, in support of projects worldwide, in which he gave away nearly ninety percent of his fortune, about $350 million (about $6.5 billion today). $40 million of this money went toward the building of 1,679 library buildings throughout the United States. The Carnegie Committee had a policy of locating its libraries in close proximity to schools, YM/YWCA’s, and social service centers. Many still serve as libraries, some on the National Register of Historic Places.