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1-Mika Tajima Meridian Gold Untapped Cities copyA new art installation in Long Island City. Image via SculptureCenter

July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.

We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.

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IMG_2280 brooklyn historical society shakespeare

William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City. Below, we explore some of those many places where you can find references to the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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jungle-ized-times square-nyc-untapped citiesNegative function part of the experience. Image via Times Square Arts

Celebrate Earth Month in Times Square by participating in an interactive sonic visual art installation, called JUNGLE-IZED, a presentation by the Soundwalk Collective and David de Rothschild. As part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, each night from 11:57pm to midnight, the electronic billboards will show JUNGLE-IZED the video directed by Stephan Crasneanscki, revealing the hidden energy that exists in one the most biodiverse environments in the world, brining the animals, the air, the trees and the inhabitants of the Amazon to New York City.  (more…)

December 13, 2011: New Amsterdam Theatre tour and architectural details.Image via allticketsinc.com

Today, Times Square is filled with commercial businesses, drowned in tourists (and its famous lights), and hosts secrets under its surface. Notably, the area is also home to the city’s theater district where plays, musicals, actors, writers, and everyone in the industry go to make their mark. The area is home to beautiful historic theaters, some still standing as operating theaters, others converted repurposed, while some have closed. Just recently, the New York City Landmarks Commission removed seven theaters in Times Square from landmarks consideration, which we will note below in our collection of historic theaters in New York City’s Times Square. (more…)

The original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

New York City has always been a hot spot for luxury hotels, which compete with each other for the latest amenities, most unique architecture, and more. But the cycle of construction, demolition, and rebirth is as old as the city itself, apart from the much needed landmarks preservation designations, and many of what were once New York’s grandest hotels have been lost to history. As a look back, here are ten notable hotels no longer standing.

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NYC-Times-Square-signage-lights-nightGarish billboards are a common sight in Times Square. Image via Wikipedia.

Whether you’re a local or visitor, you are bound to have stepped foot in Times Square at least once. Located within the “Special Midtown District,” Times Square has its own set of zoning rules. In fact, the garish billboards that have became the hallmark of Times Square are not a coincidence, but planned down to the smallest detail from the minimum surface area of light on street frontages, where signage must face, to the mandatory level of brightness for illuminated displays. With more than 360,000 pedestrians passing through Times Square everyday, it is no wonder many stores have joined in the competition and add a little extra to their usual signage displayed elsewhere.

Here are the 10 most “blinged out” signage that passersby won’t miss even if they try to: (more…)