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24 Dec 2015

Please Touch The Art Exhibit in Dumbo Brooklyn

“Please Touch the Art,” a new exhibition by Danish artist Jeppe Hein featuring 18 playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction, is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP).

Shown is Semicircular Mirror Labyrinth II (2013) at an installation at Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark. Photo: Anders Sune Berg, courtesy König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Shown is Semicircular Mirror Labyrinth II (2013) at an installation at Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark. Photo: Anders Sune Berg, courtesy König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Engaging visitors through pieces that are both accessible and surprising, the show includes three distinct bodies of work: “Appearing Rooms,” a series of “rooms” formed when water shoots up from the work’s gridded base forming “walls” that appear and disappear throughout the day; a large new Mirror Labyrinth, featuring equidistantly spaced vertical elements at varying heights made from mirror-polished stainless steel that multiply the surrounding landscape through myriad reflections; and 16 new Modified Social Benches that upend the idea of a traditional park bench with their unconventional angled, curved, twisted and bent forms.

“Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art” is on view May 17, 2015, to April 17, 2016, at BBP.

“Imaginative, whimsical, irreverent and emotionally resonant, Jeppe Hein turns familiar expectations of works of art on their head. Instead of the respectful distance demanded in museums, Hein’s work invites participation,” said Nicholas Baume, public art fund director and chief curator. “Titling the exhibition ‘Please Touch the Art,’ he encourages us to interact with his art in the most direct physical terms. Through that immersive experience, Hein hopes that his work will also touch us.”


Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s parkwide installation, Please Touch the Art, presented by Public Art Fund, features playful sculptures designed specifically for public interaction. Jeppe, now based in Berlin and Copenhagen, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and the Stadelschule in Frankfurt. His works have appeared all over the world. This exhibition currently includes two distinct bodies of work: a large Mirror Labyrinth, featuring evenly-spaced vertical elements of varying heights made from mirror-polished stainless steel that multiply the surrounding landscape; and 16Modified Social Benches that upend the idea of a traditional park bench with their unconventional angled, curved, twisted, and bent forms.
Bring along this print-at-home scavenger hunt to mark off which pieces you’ve seen. Can you find them all?

Mirror Labyrinth and Modified Social Benches will be on view through April 17, 2016.


©Etienne Frossard

Acclaimed artist Deborah Kass’ monumental sculpture OY/YO, commissioned by Two Trees Management Co., walks the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation. Sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression, OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. Set alongside the iconic bridges of Brooklyn’s waterfront and visible to viewers from Manhattan, BBP’s Main Street lawn is an apt location for a monumental installation of OY/YO. Similar to the City of New York’s “Leaving Brooklyn: Oy Vey!” sign at the Williamsburg Bridge and the “Leaving Brooklyn: Fuhgeddaboudit” sign on the BQE, OY/YOreferences Brooklyn’s ethnic communities with whimsy and warmth.

OY/YO will be on display through August 2016.


In his exhibition, The Wonder Under, Brooklyn-based artistMatthew Jensen explores the place histories of public landscapes in New York City. The current installation at 99 Plymouth features meticulously cut photographs of objects collected from the surrounding parkland displayed in two-dimensional curiosity cabinets that reference museum vitrines. The objects, all found in plain sight, reveal how the past and present intertwine in this landscape. Historical artifacts like 19th century porcelain, a half-cent from 1850, and flint and obsidian spear points, mix with contemporary castoffs of plastic, foam, metal and glass. Countless pieces of coal and blast furnace slag are reminders that residue from the industrial revolution remains part of our environment.

99 Plymouth is open daily 8:00am to 11:00pm.


©Julienne Schaer

Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll, by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, sits atop 334 Furman and lights up the sky around Pier 5. Part of his ICON series, Fruin composed Watertower 3 from roughly one thousand salvaged scraps of acrylic, echoing the ethos of BBP’s dedication to sustainability. His vibrant acrylic panels, referencing earlier pieces such as Kolonihavehus, 2010 on display at Empire Fulton Ferry, become vibrantly illuminated by the sun during the day and solar-powered lights at night. This beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York watertower and is visible from numerous vantage points in and around BBP, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and New York Harbor.


In addition to public art in BBP, DUMBO offers a wealth of art for everyone to enjoy. From murals to installations to gallery shows, there’s something for everyone right here in the neighborhood. To see complete listings of public art, galleries, and events,

17 Dec 2015

There’s A Balloon-Filled Room In Chinatown Just For You!

Remember when ball pits for adults were all the rage downtown? Pfffft, nowadays you need more than that to reel in the selfie seekers… er, cultural sophisticates. Enter Martin Creed, the Turner Prize-winning British artist whose innocuously-named “Work No. 2592” is currently making people extremely happy at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Chinatown.

No surprise: it’s a large room filled with hundreds of big red balloons that you get play in for as long you like.

Or half-filled, to be more accurate. Creed’s subtitle to all of his balloon-room installations over the years (he’s done a bunch) has been “Half the air in a given space”—air which he has appropriated and put inside the art. Is that interesting? I’m not sure. But I do know that it is really pretty to look at, really fun to wade through and “swim” in, and everyone who entered the gallery immediately started giggling.

Hair got crazy staticky. Giddy shrieks rang out every time a balloon popped. One couple sat down on the floor, completely buried in a balloon fort, and couldn’t stop laughing. “I was having such a crap day” one woman said. “Not anymore.”

You too can not have a crap day by playing in Martin Creed’s balloon room, but only through this Saturday, December 19th. Gavin Brown is located at 291 Grand Street, on the corner of Eldridge, and is open from 12 to 6 p.m.” – Written by SCOTT LYNCH | Original post can be found on Gothamist

14 Dec 2015

Adele Announces North American Tour

Adele is pleased to announce that she will be touring across North America in 2016.

Tickets go on general sale for all North American dates on Thursday, December 17th at 10am (local time of the event location).

For more information, please visit

Sep 9
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA

Sep 10
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA

Sep 14
TD Garden
Boston, MA

Sep 15
TD Garden
Boston, MA

Sep 19
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

07 Dec 2015

The best holiday pop-up bars in NYC

Dan Q Dao from Timeout NY created the ultimate list for pop-up holiday bars:

“With rinks open for ice skating and holiday markets doling out stocking-ready gifts, there’s no shortage of activities to keep New Yorkers busy this time of year. Gotham’s bars and restaurants get in on the action by serving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner, and even revamping temporarily with festive makeovers. From an Italian-Alps–inspired lodge to a beer-and-shot surf shack, here are the best boozy holiday pop-ups to check out this year.

Baita by Birreria

Baita by Birreria

Journey north for the winter at this mountain-lodge takeover of Eataly’s rooftop bar, La Birreria, revamped with Adirondack chairs, pine trees and vintage Dolomite artwork. The namesake concept, baita (literally, “small ski lodge in the Alps”), is a holistic idea of not only snowy slopes but also warm hearths, meat and cheese, and festive drink. The latter takes the form of a 60-glass Italian wine selection; three caldi (hot) cocktails with a base of tea, hot chocolate or eggnog; and classic-riffing cups like a Barr Hill Gin–charged White Hot Negroni and a frosty, espresso-laden Grappacino with almond grappa. Eataly executive chef Fitz Tallon taps into inspiration from the Alps with dishes like Swiss specialty raclette, serving Vermont’s Spring Brook Farm cheese with pickled vegetables, potatoes and pork loin, and several varieties of polenta featuring mix-ins like Wild Hive buckwheat, Arcadian Pastures meats and Brooklyn Brine sauerkraut.

Miracle on Ninth Street

Miracle on Ninth Street

This spirited pop-up returns for its second year, taking over over Alphabet City’s speakeasy-style cocktail bar Mace. Booze on holiday-inspired cocktails crafted by bar man Nico de Soto, including a refreshing, shochu-pine needle Christmas Tree Gimlet, a Redneck Flip sloshing bourbon and Applejack in a Budweiser can and the Joyeux Noel—a gingerbread-infused Calvados number stirred with spiced pumpkin syrup and shaken to a froth with an egg white. Matching the drinks are a Christmas jam soundtrack, green garlands and wrapped presents hanging from the ceiling. For the Jew crew, the bar has even set aside a blue-and-white Hannukah Hideaway, ideal for sipping a Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel with chocolate-gelt–infused tequila maple syrup and black walnut bitters.

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack

Old Saint Nick is slinging a different kind of cheer this holiday season: A Santa-inspired pop-up bar is moving into East Village beer-and-shot joint Boilermaker through Christmas Eve, joining the similarly minded Miracle on Ninth Street’s takeover of nearby Mace. But here, there’s a twist: Drinks man Sam Gauthier adds an island splash to the yuletide motif, with cheeky tropical sips like a Toboggan Nog (Jamaican rum, house-made pumpkin spice eggnog) and the eponymous, bourbon-charged Sippin’ Santa, with crème de cacao, crème de menthe, egg white, nutmeg and wormwood bitters. The bar’s namesake pint-and-shot combo also gets the surf-meets-Santa tweak: A Kris Kringle pairs Lagunitas Pils with vanilla-finished Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon, while a Naughty & Nice matches Southern Tier’s Pumking with grassy Brazilian Avuá Cachaça Amburana.”

03 Dec 2015

Coney Island will host major New Year’s Eve party

The famed Brooklyn neighborhood will host a New Year’s Eve ball drop to rival the annual tourist-choked celebration in Times Square, borough officials announced.

The big night in South Brooklyn will feature music, fire-spitting performers from the Coney Island Sideshow and fireworks at midnight.

The main event will be a ball drop simulated in LED lights on the Parachute Jump, the towering steel structure in the center of the Coney skyline.

“You should definitely come to Coney Island,” said Alliance for Coney Island Executive director Johanna Zaki said. “For one, we have fireworks.”

Borough President Eric Adams began scheming about a Brooklyn New Year’s gala even before he was elected.

“This New Year’s Eve, you won’t want to miss our beachfront Boardwalk blast in Brooklyn!” Adams said. “Now that we have our very own seaside ball drop, why be squished like a sardine in Times Square when you can rejoice like royalty in the County of Kings!”

Coney makes a perfect alternative to spending hours wedged among the masses of Times Square revelers, organizers said.

“People can walk right over and watch it,” Zaki said. “That’s the beauty of it.”

Boardwalk bars and restaurants will open for the evening and host after parties.

Coney’s “Unofficial Mayor” Dick Zigun promises a good show and added another big selling point.

“You’re going to get the Coney Island sideshow instead of Dick Clark,” he said.

Thursday, December 31st
9pm Music and giveaways; 10:45pm Live performances
Under the Parachute Jump in Coney Island, Brooklyn
Starting with music and giveaways, the FREE, family-friendly event is open to the public. Sideshow performers from Coney Island USA will amaze guests before we countdown to midnight on the iconic Parachute Jump’s 8,000 LEDs.
At midnight, a fireworks display over the beach will kick-off a brighter, better 2015.

02 Dec 2015

Aventura is Reuniting for a Shows in Washington Heights


Bachata band Aventura, the original home of Romeo Santos, is reuniting for a series of New York shows in February. And yes, Santos will be part of the lineup.

News of the reunion came initially in a cryptic Instagram post. But Santos’ manager, Johnny Marines, confirmed there is a reunion planned.

Aventura’s original members — Romeo Santos, Henry Santos, Lenny Santos, Max Santos — are being billed to perform as Aventura at the United Palace Theater in February.

“The exclusive New York residency, only in February,” said the posting. According to a spokesperson, this will be the group’s last reunion, and will include several dates, all in New York.

02 Dec 2015

A Giant Cheese Festival Lands In Queens This Weekend

More than 30 of the region’s artisanal creameries, including Vulto Creamery, will showcase a diverse selection of exquisite artisanal cheeses—from nutty sheep’s milk tommes and sharp Cheddars to luscious triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses. To taste this many cheeses in one place you’d have to own a cheese shop. The cheeses will be paired with fine libations. Top New York City chefs, including Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery/Harry & Ida’s, will prepare delectable dishes using the cheeses. Horowitz will be joined by Michelin-starred chef Hugue Dufour. Desserts will be prepared by Judy Lai of Silk Cakes and Rudolf Merlin of Creme.

A trip on the 7 train will transport you to more than dreamy dumplings and hot pot fantasies this Saturday, when the Great Northeast Cheese Fest delivers its debut evening of bloomy rinds, blue veins and sharp cheddars. The NY Epicurean event serves as a showcase for cheese- and taste-makers who revel in the diversity of America’s cheeses and as an opportunity for fromage fanatics to overdose on dairy (and some drinks, too).
Cheese makers including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Vulto Creamery and Bovina Valley Farm Creamery are but a few of the over 30 artisanal creameries expected in attendance. Each will be bringing a selection of their bounties—if Vulton brings the Ouleout (please!), run over there immediately. And some hyper local flavor has also just been added, as the Crown Finish Cheese Caves crew; hopefully they’re still making the Crown Dutchess. If it’s anything like previous cheese summits, expect a full belly long before you’ve been able to sample all of the cheeses.
On top of the cheese samples, chefs including Harry & Ida’s perfect pastrami maker Will Horowitz, plus Alfonso Zhicay and Michelin-starred chef Hugue Dufour are tapped to make some cheesy creations utilizing the day’s bounty. To pair with them, reds, whites and ciders from vineyards and cideries in New York State. – NELL CASEY via Gothamist

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27 Nov 2015

Kaleidoscopic installation brings a futuristic funhouse hall of mirrors New York City

“The walk-through art installation that went up this week across from the Flatiron Building is, among other things, tailor-made for taking cool selfies or maybe for just admiring yourself—or, in this case, your selves. That’s because the piece (which, from the outside, looks a cross between a Bedouin tent and a starfish) has an interior lined with a crystalline honeycomb of mirrored panels, reflecting and refracting the surroundings like a giant kaleidoscope. Plus it lights up in different colors!

Nova, as it’s titled, is the handiwork of SOFTlab, a cutting-edge design firm that has previously created similarly trippy projects for the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank building in Brooklyn and the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. They’ve also designed displays for exhibitions and retail environments. They were the winners of a competition to build the centerpiece for “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer,” aneighborhood celebration of the season mounted by the Flatiron Partnership/23rd Street BID. In fact,Nova‘s spiky appearance is meant to suggest the North Star, which, as we all know, points the way to Santa’s workshop. Each point of the structure is suppose to function as a kind of telescope framing views of the Met Life Tower, the Empire State Building and other midtown landmarks.

Nova is up through the holidays, so bring your phone and your own bad self and have a look. Your Instagram account is waiting.”

This piece was written by Howard Halle and can be found originally on Timeout NY

23 Nov 2015

RIhanna announced a 2016 tour with Travi$ Scott

Global superstar, Grammy Award®-winner and multi-platinum selling artist, Rihanna, announced today THE ANTI WORLD TOUR. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in North America on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA with nearly 40 shows lined up in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Vancouver, Washington DC and more. Samsung is the presenting partner on the North American leg of the tour, while PUMA is a supporting partner. Travis Scott will be the special guest on North American dates. The European leg of the tour will then follow with dates set up in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Vienna and more. The Weeknd and Big Sean will be featured as special guests on all European dates. Tickets for all North American and European dates go on sale on Thursday, Dec. 3 at  A full list ofANTI WORLD TOUR dates is below.

American Express® Card Members can purchase North American ANTI WORLD TOUR tickets before the general public beginningMonday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. local time. Be sure to download the American Express UNSTAGED App to purchase your Rihanna American Express® Presale tickets on the go, watch exclusive content from other top artists and learn more about upcoming music events.

Global sports brand PUMA has been a partner of Rihanna’s since December 2014.  The superstar has rocked the fashion and sneaker world with the launch of the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna label and coveted PUMA Creeper sneaker.  As part of the ANTI WORLD TOUR, PUMA will create unique on-site activations and retail programs in select North American tour venues to support and drive awareness of the upcoming launches within Rihanna’s collection.

TIDAL members will have access to an exclusive presale for ANTI WORLD TOUR tickets beginning on Monday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. local time.  Members can find details for purchasing tickets by logging in to their TIDAL accounts via web browser, desktop app or mobile app.  New users can sign up for TIDAL membership at

Rihanna has become a modern music, entertainment and fashion icon. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She’s released 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 13 Number One singles and won 8 Grammy Awards. She is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube with over 7 billion views and 23 Vevo certified videos, the most of any artist.  She is also one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 81 million friends. In addition, she’s successfully launched six fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Islandcollections and is currently the spokesperson for MAC & Viva Glam and the new face of Dior’s “Secret Garden” campaign. Rihanna is PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and now serves as the Creative Director, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections. As of July 2015, Rihanna will also serve as Contributing Creative Director and Punk & Poet brand ambassador for Stance.

The Weeknd’s path to Beauty Behind The Madness has defied all conventions. He avoided revealing his face until over a year after he released his very first song online. The story itself is now legendary. In 2011, he released an untouchable series of three critically revered free mixtapes — House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence — and the internet exploded with praise and a whole lot of theories about him as he personally remained silent. Soon though, his reach and appeal exponentially expanded. He teamed up with Ariana Grande for the platinum-selling hit “Love Me Harder.” He then had the mainstream completely in his grip with the release of “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” in early 2015. The first release from the chart-dominating, platinum Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture soundtrack became a triple-platinum smash that enjoyed 27 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Can’t Feel My Face” formally ushered in Beauty Behind The Madness. The song quickly shot to #1 on iTunes worldwide and within weeks, it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beauty Behind The Madness went gold just two weeks after being released. In addition, “The Hills” has officially been certified 5x platinum as recognized by the RIAA. The Weeknd has also become a touring force. The 2014 King Of The Fall Tour sold out all dates as did the 2015 The Madness Fall Tour and since then, The Weeknd’s festival appearances, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and HARD Summer, have drawn massive crowds.


*All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Friday, February 26, 2016

San Diego, CA

Viejas Arena

Sunday, February 28, 2016

San Jose, CA

SAP Center

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Phoenix, AZ

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Friday, March 04, 2016

Austin, TX

Frank Erwin Center

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Houston, TX

Toyota Center

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

New Orleans, LA

Smoothie King Center

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Jacksonville Arena

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tampa, FL

Amalie Arena

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Miami, FL

American Airlines Arena

Friday, March 18, 2016

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cincinnati, OH

U.S. Bank Arena

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Charlotte, NC

The Time Warner Cable Arena

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Washington, DC

Verizon Center

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Buffalo, NY

First Niagara Center

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Auburn Hills, MI

Palace of Auburn Hills

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hartford, CT

XL Center

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Brooklyn, NY

Barclays Center

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Quebec City, QC

Centre Videotron

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Baltimore, MD

Royal Farms Arena

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Boston, MA

TD Garden

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Center

Friday, April 15, 2016

Chicago, IL

United Center

Monday, April 18, 2016

Winnipeg, MS

MTS Centre

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Calgary, AB

Scotiabank Saddledome

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Vancouver, BC

Rogers Arena

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Seattle, WA


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Salt Lake City, UT

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Friday, April 29, 2016

Las Vegas, NV

Mandalay Bay

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Los Angeles, CA


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena

13 Nov 2015

New York is Paris: Washington Square Park

UPDATE: Location has been changed to Washington Square Park @ 2:00pm

By now you’ve heard the terrible news that’s sweeping the world of an horrific tragedy in Paris. New York City is always there to mend hearts and offer support no matter who or where you are in this world. Tomorrow we’ll be joining in support for Paris at Washington Square Park. Please read the details below of the event and join the Facebook event page for up to date information:



Facebook Event Description:



Join Us today for a peaceful gathering in WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK (November 14th starting from 2pm) to send our love and support to the people of France and stand with them in these terrible times.
Please, we insist, this is not a demonstration, this is a peaceful gathering.