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
While last week's episode of Girls brought many characters to new lows (Marnie trapped onstage with a scatting Rita Wilson and a despondent attic ex-husband, Hannah and Jessa ending their friendship seemingly forever), tonight's episode, "The Bounce," delivered on its namesake and put a little lift in everyone's step. But before we get into the episode, let's ask the question on everybody's mind: where is Shoshannah? We just completed episode seven, and America's favorite J.A.P.-turned-Sheryl Sandberg acolyte hasn't been on the scene since episode four. We have three episodes left of the series, and with next week looking to be a totally juicy Adam/Hannah/Jessa showdown, Shosh is running out of time. Unless episode nine is a Zosia Mamet bottle episode (which would be next-level), Girls is going to get a lot of blowback from Shosh fans. But back to this week's episode, which begins with Elijah on the move. After years of stagnation and dependence on others—going from one wealthy suitor to the next and even joining Hannah in Iowa out of boredom—our favorite charmer finally commits himself to a goal and starts auditioning again. And, in the great tradition of 30 Rock ("Mystic Pizza: the Musical"), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ("Spiderman Too: 2 Many Spidermen") and Bob's Burgers ("Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl"), Girls creates a fictional musical adaptation of an existing movie. White Man Can't Jump the musical? Whatever, I'd see it. Elijah tries to rehearse lines for Hannah
Mon 27 Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Women’s Health in the Age of Trump; Strand Bookstore; 7pm; entry with book purchase or $15 Strand gift cardIn honor of the launch of Planned Parenthood & Beyond: Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Women's Health, join co-authors and women's health champions Dr. Anne Davis, Jessica González-Rojas, Alencia Johnson Sybil Shainwald for a discussion about the movement's next steps. Dark Sky; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge; 7pm; Free with R.S.V.P. Once a month, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge dims the lights to conserve energy and honor the celestial cycles of our planet. Since astrology and mysticism pair perfectly with candlelight, the hotel welcomes you to a witchy evening celebrating the New Moon in Aries and the Spring Equinox. The lobby event, led by Reiki therapist Maha Rose, includes astrology readings by Leslie Galbraith and tarot card reading by Debbie Attias. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kong: Skull Island Experience; Madame Tussauds; 10am; Free with admission If you've ever wanted to meet the king of the jungle face to face, here's your chance. Romp through the tropical foliage at Madame Tussaud's to marvel at an 18-foot, hand-painted animatronic Kong head, which took a team of more than 33 artists over two months to complete. Afterward, snap a photo with a wax likeness that's a bit easier on the eyes: leading man Tom Hiddleston. “How I Got Over: A Conversation with Soledad O’Brien”; The Green Space; 7pm; $15 The journali
Movies: They're only improved by cocktails—especially themed ones. So get your drink on, as well as your film geekery, at NYLO Hotel (2178 Broadway at 77th St), where every Wednesday night, they convert their library into a cozy theater. For $10, you rent a set of headphones, plug in, and ease back into their cushy chairs. In front of you, a movie will screen; the selections are smart, ranging from Fellini's immortal 8½ to cool docs like Exit Through the Gift Shop. Meanwhile, stealthy waiters bring you popcorn and enormous drinks, such as their recent gin-based "Muse," inspired by Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick and served during a recent screening of Factory Girl in a très-arty Campbell's soup can (pictured). All of this sounds awesome to us, including the moment when you lock eyes with a fellow film nerd and get a room upstairs. Check out the schedule and make your reservations here.
Spring dating fever is in the air, whether you've already got a bae or are still furiously swiping to find someone to grab a drink with this weekend. And we all know what kind of messages those swipes can lead to... Chances are that during your NYC dating history, you've received some pretty out-there statements and your fair share of prompted (and very, very unprompted) sexts. Now, you care share them with all of Gotham! An inaugural art festival is heading to Brooklyn to showcase the ups and downs of flirting in the digital age, complete with screenshots. The festival will be held on April 5th at Littlefield, and the artwork will be provided by you. Organizers are looking for images, texts, video and audio featuring the best (and worst) sexts that you've either received or sent. There is a strict no-shaming policy so if you’re thinking of embarrassing that person who ghosted on you after a few dates, think again. From the organizers: "We enforce a strict no shaming policy. If there is a face in your submission, please upload an additional picture (yours or your ‘friend’) which includes your face and the current date as proof of consent to be judged in the festival. You can always take a pic next to todays-date.net." If you feel like submitting your dating life, head to the Sexting Art Festival for more info on how to become part of this festival.