A deflated Kermit the Frog at the 1991 Thanksgiving Day Parade. Image via deseretnews.com
With less than a week before Thanksgiving, many are eagerly anticipating what kinds of diverse floats and balloons the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature. While these larger-than-life balloons of our favorite characters have been a Thanksgiving tradition for 89 years, there have been quite a few shocking, incidents that occurred at past parades. While we’re not expecting anything to happen this week, it was a fun project to research vintage photographs and learn about various safety measures that resulted from the accidents.
From plane crashes to deflations, read about these crazy mishaps (and hope that none happen this year).
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, installation by artist Grimanesa Amoros for the Peninsula Hotel
No matter which side of the bridge you’re on (YO-OY, as you’ll see below), November in New York City is shaping up to have a lot of urban art to offer, both indoors and out. Below are fifteen exhibits and installations that will take you from the turn of the twentieth century to a 70th anniversary – exploring windows and never-built highways, opening doors at new locations, and even to a sacred room of meditation.
On Saturday, October 24th, the United Nations celebrated its 70th Anniversary by unveiling artist Cristobal Gabarron’s sculpture, Enlightened Universe, in Central Park’s Rumsey Playing Field. The large-scale, colorful interactive installation includes a twenty-four ton, stainless steel sphere with faceted mirror finish, surrounded by a spiral of seventy life-size figures – one for each year that the United Nations has been in existence.
Though opinions on Christopher Columbus have drastically changed in recent years (Seattle recently swapped Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day), Columbus has long been at the center of our national consciousness and New York City’s in particular. Columbia College was christened in 1784, Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue was renamed Columbus Avenue in 1890 and Columbus Circle was constructed in 1905. There are also five statues of Christopher Columbus across four boroughs (for a time, three of the five were in Manhattan), only George Washington has more. Presented below from most famous to most obscure are New York City’s Columbus monuments.
Fred Lebow’s statue at its location near the New York City Marathon finish line. Image via Flickr user Diane Ezer.
From the Statue of Liberty to Rockefeller Center’s Statue of Atlas, New York City is filled with sculptures to honor significant people, ideas and moments in history, some in surprising places. While these statues have fixed, often iconic locations, there is one lesser-known statue that moves once a year: a life-sized bronze figure of Fred Lebow, who founded the New York City Marathon in 1970. This year, it will make its annual “pilgrimage” on November 1st.
On September 24th and 25th, Pope Francis will make his first visit to New York City on his first trip to the United States. Though the oft-liberal pope has had his reservations about America, that does not seem to have stopped pope-fever from hitting the city. Here are 9 ways to catch a glimpse of the pope in New York City this month: