After three years of planning and miles of red tape, the plan for a "floating" island park on the Hudson River hit a major speed bump last week. The project, dubbed Pier 55, aims replace the dilapidated Pier 54 with a 2.7-acre park above the Hudson River at the west end of 14th Street. Plans for the space include three performance venues, rolling hills and views stunning enough to leave even the most jaded New Yorker in awe. Last Thursday, a federal court issued a ruling that has put the future of the park in jeopardy. Following up on the latest in a string of lawsuits filed by the City Club of New York against Pier 55, Judge Lorna G. Schofield revoked the pier's permit, citing that its construction as a performance space is not sanctioned in an area that's been deemed a maritime wildlife sanctuary. The ruling effectively negates an official approval from the Army Corps of Engineers last year, and is the first major legal win for the City Club in its battle to keep the park from seeing the light of day. In June 2015, the organization filed suit with the State Supreme Court in Manhattan to halt progress on the pier, claiming that organizers had deliberately deceived the public by failing to divulge the effects that the new space would have on the Hudson River's ecology. Last September, the court shot down that suit, and developers continued to push ahead on the project. The park was scheduled to open to the public by the end of 2018, but after Thursday's ruling it's not l
For the final exhibition of its 40th Anniversary year, the Public Art Fund is swinging for the fences. The organization has announced a city-spanning new work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei entitled, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." The ambitious piece will feature more than 100 fences and installations built across the city, and will officially open on October 12. It’s expected to be one of the provocative artist’s most ambitious projects to date. More locations for the installation will be announced in the coming months, but current confirmed sites include Flushing, Downtown Brooklyn, Central Park and the Lower East Side. The piece will use the motif of metal security fencing, and transform it to respond to existing architecture and landscapes surrounding each site. The work, with its stark and intimidating base material, is meant to address the global rise of nationalism, the proliferation of border fences and the architecture of division. “The exhibition brings together many strands in Weiwei’s life and work, including his childhood experience of displacement during the Cultural Revolution, his more recent persecution as an activist, his formative years in NYC and his interest in architecture and design,” said the Public Art Fund’s director and chief curator Nicholas Baume in a statement. “It reflects his profound empathy with other displaced people, particularly migrants, refugees and victims of war.” "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" will be on view until February
The new-ish app Cozymeal, which pairs local chefs for in-home cooking classes, has just expanded to our home city. The gastronomic app sets you up with top NYC chefs who will come to your third floor walk-up and teach you (and some friends) how to make a truly impressive three-course dinner. Some of the classes currently available include making ravioli or garganelle pasta from scratch, cooking chicken liver mousse and sea trout amandine for a four-course French dinner and preparing salmon and ahi tuna poke bowls. Photograph: Courtesy Cozymeal In two to three hours, users will be able to create and eat their own gourmet meals with help from local professionals hailing from culinary giants like Eleven Madison Park, Nobu 57 and Boqueria. So far, the prices are in the $100-range per person, which, honestly, is probably about the price for a nice meal in NYC anyway.
Chefs Club, the übersuccessful restaurant that features diverse dishes from renowned, worldwide chefs, is expanding its popular format. The upscale spot is opening a sister restaurant in the same Nolita neighborhood, but the concept is a bit more casual. Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Chefs Club Counter, from founder Stephane De Baets and business partner Louise Vongerichten, is latching onto the fast-casual trend by describing itself as “fine fast,” and whipping up dishes that won’t be priced higher than $15. That's a relative steal compared to the far pricier dinners at Chef's Club. The details are still scant on which chefs will be dreaming up meals for the joint, but we do know that Alvin Cailan of L.A.’s hit Eggslut will be covering breakfast, with smoked salmon and fromage blanc or mushrooms and cheese egg sandwiches. Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz The restaurant, located on 62 Spring St, is set to open this Friday, March 31. Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Step right up, and see the greatest flower show in NYC! The free Macy’s Flower Show opened on March 26, and from now until April 9, you can go see the bright blooms with a carnival theme. Though past years have seemed a little lackluster, this year’s show is Instagram gold. We’re especially fond of the lion jumping over a display in the Herald Square store—he rivals the elephant shrubbery at the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. There were also circus performers at the flower festival for the opening weekend, and there’s another photo opp at the giant Crayola Crayons box outside the store. A post shared by Taylor Sandella (@taaaaylor2374) on Mar 27, 2017 at 7:12am PDT A post shared by Jack (@jackduquesne) on Mar 26, 2017 at 8:56pm PDT A post shared by Gigi A (@gigi.nyc) on Mar 26, 2017 at 9:21am PDT A post shared by Rebecca Miller (@rebeccam31) on Mar 27, 2017 at 7:51am PDT A post shared by @der_aesthet on Mar 27, 2017 at 7:35am PDT A post shared by Oliver Nunez (@nunez_imagery) on Mar 26, 2017 at 8:53pm PDT A post shared by Shanchi Zhang (@shanchi_zhang) on Mar 26, 2017 at 6:34pm PDT A post shared by Rebecca Miller (@rebeccam31) on Mar 27, 2017 at 7:52am PDT A post shared by @der_aesthet on Mar 27, 2017 at 7:54am PDT A post shared by Felix Cruz (@cruz_chronicles) on Mar 26, 2017 at 5:51pm PDT
Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery is set to host an outdoor art project that will allow you to bury your deepest, darkest thoughts over the next 25 years. (And where better to do that than at the final resting place of Boss Tweed, Leonard Bernstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat?) On April 29th and 30th, Creative Time will inaugurate an outdoor art project by French conceptual artist Sophie Calle. The piece consists of a five-foot tall, obelisk-shaped marker with a slot near the base where visitors can slip pieces of paper with their most intimate confessions written on them. Calle, an artist known for provocations, describe the piece as an opportunity for people to unburden themselves. Killed someone? Stole from somebody? Had sex with a goat? No problem: It all gets entombed. From now until 2042, Calle will periodically return to the site to recover the notes and burn them. She’ll also be on hand at the opening for a two-day performance in which she will personally transcribe your confidential message and put it the tomb. But don’t worry: Your secret is safe with her.
After years of construction delays, the striking new Hunters Point Community Library is set to open in Long Island City this summer. The 22,000 square-foot center will be a welcome addition to the Queens waterfront, but in order to tide over local residents who are itching for free books, Wi-Fi and all of the other goodies one can find at their local library branch, the Queens Library has announced that its mobile library service will be returning to the neighborhood next month. The mobile library, which takes the form of a bus, has been active for a few years, offering key library services across Queens. This spring, it will be posted up at Center Boulevard near Gantry Plaza State Park on Sundays from noon to 5pm, beginning April 9 (which also marks the start of National Library Week). The bus's scheduled Sunday location is a little less than a mile away from the existing Court Square library branch, so it's not like the good people of Long Island City are in any sort of library desert. But for anyone who wants to soak in some Hemingway while checking out one of the best views in the city, the mobile library should be more than welcome.
Red Hook is about to get some new public green space that will provide a lot more than just a nice spot to relax on a summer afternoon. Kohn Pedersen Fox has released conceptual renderings for 14 “Lily Pad” utility pods that will be built around Red Hook Houses. The rolling, grassy hills contain machinery that will be able to provide backup power and heat to the houses, while also acting as flood barriers. The innovatively designed pods were commissioned by the New York City Housing Authority after Hurricane Sandy left residents of Red Hook Houses without heat and electricity for weeks. In a statement, KPF addressed the unique problems they were trying to solve with the design: "Commissioned by the New York City Housing Authority, KPF worked with landscape architecture firm OLIN to devise a resiliency and renewal program in response to Superstorm Sandy. Making landfall in October 2012, the storm left thousands of Red Hook residents without power and basic necessities for more than two weeks. The neighborhood’s infrastructure also suffered dramatically, with virtually all basement mechanical rooms destroyed and requiring years of repair. Faced with NYCHA’s largest development in Brooklyn, KPF was charged with lessening the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters and improving the sustainability and livability of its 28 buildings housing 6,000 people." Funding for the project will come from the $438 million allocated by FEMA to repair the housing complex. h/t Ar
In the last few months, Brooklyn has been showing up for causes and organizations that have come under fire under the new world order. With shows like Awkward Sex...and the City and I Don't Think So, Honey stepping up and donating proceeds to Planned Parenthood and Trans Lifeline, respectively, it looks like more local institutions are ready to help out. On Thursday, several beloved spots in Williamsburg—including Nitehawk Cinema, Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlour, New York Distilling Company, Sugarburg and Oslo Coffee—will participate in Planned Metrohood, a day-long fundraiser for the healthcare provider, with a concert to end the night at the Knitting Factory. Fleur Noire has made custom feminist temporary tattoo sheets for the event, and the other Metropolitan Ave favorites will be donating a portion of their day's proceeds to Planned Parenthood. XX Flash - March 8th International Women's Day • This month we are going to have a donation event with @tattoodo for @plannedparenthood 🤘🏻Stay tuned for updates ➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕➕ #blackworkerssubmission #tttism #tattooartistmagazine #blxckink #inkedmag #darkartists #blacktattooart #tattoodo #radtattoos #equilattera #tattoolife #tattoo2me #btattooing #skinartmag #inkjunkeyz #thebesttattooartists #tattooistartmagazine #TAOT #brooklyn #williamsburg #bushwick #madeinbrooklyn #nyctattoo #williamsburgtattoo #brooklyntattoo #flashtattoo #tattooflash A post shared by Burak Moreno (@burakmoreno) on Mar 2, 2017 at 9:25am P
A post shared by Michelle Kiely (@michkiely22) on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:34am PST When the Fearless Girl sculpture was unveiled across from the Charging Bull in the Financial District last month, it quickly became the most talked-about piece of public art in the entire city. The statue was created by artist Kristen Visbal, and portrays a young girl defiantly standing in front of the bulging bovine. It's since been widely received as a celebration of feminism, and a statement against the gender wage gap on Wall Street and beyond. The statue was originally slated to be in the location until April 2, but after a rush of support and a slew of online petitions, it's looking like the Fearless Girl won't be moved until next year. On Monday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a statement that the sculpture will remain in place through February 2018 and that "she'll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires." While the Fearless Girl has become a New York icon over the last month (especially considering that it debuted just in time for International Women's Day), it has received a great deal of backlash. The statue was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors, which is the third-largest asset manager in the world. The project has been called "corporate feminism" by the Times, and garnered a lot of negative criticism on Twitter. In any case, the statue's location is getting an extension, and history hints that it may be here