One year or another, you’ve no doubt become aquatinted with this Manhattan resident, occupying the roof of 1 Times Square since 1907. But that’s only one night of every 365. For the rest, we forget about this permanent Broadway fixture. While most jaded New Yorkers might be cynical toward anything Times Square, several minds were changed during last week’s Atlas Obscura Tour. The ball, normally seen from afar, was other-worldly up close.
Hunters Point, Long Island City is a rapidly changing neighborhood flanking the East River on its eastern bank. Neighborhood history is reflected the design of the neighborhood’s architecture, ranging from primarily industrial uses, heavy rail and freight, to its future of luxury condominiums. Atlas Obscura partnered with the Newtown Creek Alliance to craft a walking tour focused on the modernity of Long Island City’s main corridor, while highlighting its industrial roots.
This week, all eyes of New York’s contemporary art scene were focused on the opening of James Turell’s retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. Two parallel exhibitions of James Turell’s work are also taking place in Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. What’s unique about the Guggenheim one, however, is the fact that it is dominated by a major site-specific installation that Turrell has designed specially for the museum. Houston and LA, on the other hand, are using traditional galleries to mount surveys of the artist’s work- Art.sy reports.
New York City has its share of haunted spots, like Washington Square Park, a former burial site, the New Amsterdam Theatre, where the ghost of an actress has been rumored to roam, and the Morgan Library, where the librarian’s ghost supposedly brings books to visitors who ask for them out loud. No doubt the city’s haunted history inspired the works of one of its most famous residents, eighteenth-century writer Washington Irving. Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” immortalized a town of the same name in Westchester County. Now, just a short train ride away from Grand Central, ghost hunters can take nighttime “Murder & Mayhem” tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, one of the town’s creepiest sites, by lantern light. (more…)
MONDAY, JUNE 17: Bryant Park’s Summer Film Festival launches today with Tootsie. In one of the funniest films of all time, Dustin Hoffman is an unemployed actor who finally gets the part of a lifetime… as a female soap opera sensation. The lawn opens at 5pm for blankets & picnicking; films start at sunset (between 8-9pm). FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: HBO and the International Center of Photography present A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial Artist Lecture with A.K. Burns, a multimedia artist/sculptor/videographer and compulsive collaborator who is a founding member of the artists activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), and co-editor of RANDY, an annual trans-feminist arts magazine. 7pm at ICP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas. FREE. Read our review of the Triennial here. (more…)
The always excellent Atlas Obscura recently broke the news that the remains of a 16th century shipwreck are now on view at the newly opened Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, England. Allison Meier reports that the Mary Rose, which was one of Henry VIII’s flagships, sank in 1545 near Portsmouth Harbor after an illustrious career as a battleship. Apparently, the cries of the dying crew members were so loud they could be heard on shore. No one knows if the ship sank by accident (as the English claim) or due to French military prowess (as the French claim). The Mary Rose remained at the bottom of the sea for over 400 years. It was discovered in 1971 and brought to the shore in 1982. (more…)