Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Public Art & Library Exhibits
Feeling a little too rowdy (or cheap) for a museum? See art you can touch, embrace, walk over and around at NYC’s many site-specific art installations or at one our amazing public libraries. Use what you saved in admission fees to treat yourself to a neighborhood snack.
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Polly Apfelbaum: The Potential of Women


Alexander Gray Associates
510 West 26 Street

Through Oct 21


In an immersive environment, Polly Apfelbaum occupies and transforms the gallery with rugs, painted walls, dozens of wall-mounted ceramics and floors covered with giant, stylized view of a female figure’s head.



The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres


Jacques Torres Chocolate
350 Hudson Street

Through Oct 29


Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.



EARTH POTENTIAL by Katja Novitskova


City Hall Park
Broadway & Chambers Street

Through Nov 9


An exhibition of new works by artist Katja Novitskova explores the relationships among science, technology, fiction, and our image-based culture. Seven large aluminum sculptures scattered throughout the park feature online-sourced, digitally-printed images of the Earth, celestial objects, and enlarged, seemingly alien but terrestrial organisms, transforming the park into a seemingly Sci-Fi landscape.



Force of Nature


Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street

Through Nov 18


Exlpore how nature has historically influenced fashion, and how fashion can serve as an indicator of society’s relationship with the natural world. Spanning the eighteenth century to the present, the exhibition features garments, textiles, and accessories illustrate how principles in the natural sciences, such as the dynamics of sexual attraction, have informed fashion design. Included are a mesmerizing “water” dress by Iris van Herpen that appears to splash away from the body and an ensemble by Rick Owens inspired by the mighty, prehistoric mastodon.



Fearless Girl Statue


Bowling Green Park
Broadway & Whitehall

Through Feb 28


A bronze statue of a defiant girl facing off with the famous Charging Bull on Wall Street was installed by assat-manager State Street Global Advisors as part of a initiative to increase the number of women on their clients’ corporate boards.



Mutations


High Line 14th Street Passage
Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street

Through Mar 1


This open-air group exhibition on the scenic High Line explores the relationship between man and nature, looking at how the boundaries between the natural world and culture are defined, crossed, and obliterated. We liked the circle of colorful creatures swallowing each other, the giant griffin sculpture, and he mysterious silver witch shoes (and the paletas from the La Newyorkina stand at 17th street).
See-saw and play music with your feet in the interactive La Deliciosa Show by Radamés “Juni” Figueroa on 30th Street.



Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower


Union Square
14th Street & Fourth Avenue

Through Oct 5


See a stunning 31-feet tall tower that looks like rose petals that is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel, by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.