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    Brooklyn Children's Museum to open studio annex in Dumbo in 2016

    Fri Apr 4

    Rendering of 1 John Street in Dumbo

    Rendering of 1 John Street in Dumbo Rendering: Alloy Development

    The Brooklyn Children's Museum in Crown Heights, the self-proclaimed first museum for kids in the country, has plans for a new outpost on the waterfront. We've got yet more news on Brooklyn Bridge Park this week! After telling you about the park's soon-to-debut recreational complex, the proposed, cross-shaped floating swimming pool in the East River and plans for a classroom for hands-on marine biology education, we can now confirm that the Brooklyn Children's Museum will be opening a new studio annex in Dumbo. The museum will be a tenant at 1 John Street, a building project announced in July by Mayor Bloomberg that will include 47 residential units and a 1,750-square-foot space designated for the new annex, to be called BCMStudio. The 1.5-acre site's developers are Dumbo-based firm Alloy Development and Monadock Development, who plan to achieve LEED Gold Certification with the building, which formerly belonged to ConEd. "BCMStudio will be a workshop space where teaching artists,...

    "Pterosaurs" show opens at AMNH (slide show)

    Thu Apr 3

    "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs" at AMNH

    "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs" at AMNH Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Discover the natural history of pterosaurs, those flying, prehistoric dinosaur cousins that are the precursor of today's birds, in a show at AMNH opening April 5. By virtue of dinosaurs' size, diversity and the fact that they disappeared from the planet such a long time ago, there's hardly a child who isn't fascinated by them. But the latest show at the venerable American Museum of Natural History, opening April 5, is all about pterosaurs, the fascinating flying relatives of dinosaurs that are, if anything, even more enchanting than their earth-bound contemporaries. RECOMMENDED: 50 family-friendly spring happeningsYoung visitors will learn that these almost mythical creatures, who came into being about 220 million years ago, were a super-diverse bunch, ranging in size from that of a sparrow to the enormity of Tropeognathus mesembrinus, a pterosaur with an astonishing wingspan of 25 feet. (A scale model of the latter will hover above the entrance to the exhibition space.)...

    Check out photos from P.S. 3's ArtPark last weekend (slide show)

    Tue Apr 1

    P.S. 3 ArtPark

    P.S. 3 ArtPark Photograph: Grace Chu

    Take a look at how kids got creative in hands-on workshops at P.S. 3's ArtPark in Soho this past Sunday Blooming artists had the chance to get their creative juices flowing last weekend at P.S. 3's ArtPark, which closed out with a full day of workshops on Sunday. Some fearless participants jumped in on a dance demonstration, where they practiced their moves before putting on a flash mob performance. Crafty kids also learned how to weave on a giant wall-sized loom using recycled materials, built fairy houses and assembled their own paper puppets.RECOMMENDED: Free spring break activities for kids 2014 Aside from the workshops, there was plenty to keep the little ones busy, with cool structures to climb on and other interactive installations to inspire artistic thinking. Click through the slide show above to get a peek at the immersive exhibition and kids in action during the fun-filled workshops. Also, don't forget that bidding for P.S. 3's art auction, featuring works from over...

    Sneak peek at the proposed QueensWay (slide show)

    Fri Mar 28

    QueensWay rendering

    QueensWay rendering Rendering: dland studio Architecture + Landscape Architecture

    Queens has a vision for its own version of the High Line, and its name is QueensWay. Check out the amazing renderings of the 3.5-mile railroad project, spanning Rego Park to Ozone Park. To us, Queens is like that racehorse that keeps up with the pack but holds back until the timing's right, then shoots ahead to win, to the astonishment of the onlookers. We love the expanded and completely revamped Queens Museum, the curiosity-inspiring New York Hall of Science, MoMA PS1, the magical Museum of the Moving Image, the Noguchi Museum, Forest Park—c'mom: Queens rocks! And now another great addition to the city's cultural and recreational landscape has been proposed: QueensWay, a 3.5-mile, High Line–inspired park along an obsolete railroad track that begins in Rego Park and extends all the way to Ozone Park.RECOMMENDED: 50 family-friendly spring happeningsThe rail, which originally served the LIRR's Rockaway Beach Branch (RBB), was abandonned more than 50 years ago due to low...

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