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Drill Hall transformed for the current art installation 'Tears Become Streams Become'

Drill Hall transformed for the current art installation ‘Tears Become Streams Become’

The Park Avenue Armory, known for their larger-than-life art installations has put together a blend of architecture and music that is sure to delight even those who think they’ve seen it all. It began in a restaurant in Paris when the Armory’s artistic director, Alex Poots introduced the Scottish conceptual artist Douglas Gordon to the French pianist Helene Grimaud.  It was in the sharing of their thoughts that this installation Tears Become….Streams Become was born that has literally flooded the Park Avenue Armory.

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Somehow, we’ve arrived close to the end of 2014. In the week before Christmas, here are our top event picks to ring in the holiday cheer from a Bar Car Night at the Botanical Garden to a 5K fueled by hot chocolate and beer to a tour of the American Academy.

Monday, December 15

New York Adventure Club is headed uptown to the American Academy of Arts and Letters at Audubon Terrace. The free tour through the members’ rooms, portrait gallery, library, and current exhibition gallery. After, they’ll visit a local eatery for a quick bite to eat! See photos inside the Academy here.

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Over the weekend, we had the chance to get up close and personal with artist Tom Fruin’s newest plexiglas and steel sculpture Watertower 3: RV Ingersoll, now standing atop 334 Furman Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The third in a series of unique water towers composed of recycled materials personally gathered by Fruin, it’s the second to display atop a Brooklyn rooftop (the first standing on the roof of  20 Jay Street in DUMBO). Created in tribute to the iconic NYC watertower that stands on top the rooftops of many buildings in NYC, the sculpture can be viewed in numerous vantage points throughout the park, which has partnered with Fruin for this year-long installation.  (more…)

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Get to know Untapped Cities contributor Anna Brown who has written about an art exhibit at an abandoned hospitala set of mystery tiles found throughout the city, and an evening walking tour along the Gowanus Canal.

1. What’s your “day job”?

I work at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store.

2. What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

The Bushwick Collective, an outdoor street art gallery in Bushwick.

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NYC Subway Token

The last time anyone in NYC actually used a token was 11 years ago. For 50 years New Yorkers used these little round coins (that we would mistake for quarters constantly) to ride the subway until the Metrocard debuted and made them obsolete (as well as the token booths, which are slowly being erased too). At the time of the forced token extinction, the MTA had 60 million tokens in circulation. Tons of coins with no pocket or subway to call home. So where did they all go? Were they dumped in the middle of the sea like old train cars? Are they all in some sort of stock room, only sprung out when someone wants a souvenir? Well an article on Gizmodo today revealed what happened to the beloved subway token .  (more…)

Sonya Lee Architect - Meow Parlour

Photo by Christa Hamilton

For those that loved the pop-up cat café that came to New York City earlier this year, a new permanent cat café is opening in the Lower East Side serving macarons–with a side of kitty love. Meow Parlour will have 12 cute cats for patrons to pet over their morning coffee. And, if you fall for one particular feline during your visit, you can even adopt it.

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