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Friday, October 12

Macy’s Beauty on Display

October 12, 2018 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th Street Midtown

Chill in a flowery bathtub, play with Juicy Couture dollar bills and play with lots of make-up at a small pretty pop-up (on the ground level near the sunglasses department) at Macys Herald Square. Featured brands rotate every 6 weeks; currently sample Anastasia Beverly Hills, Juicy Couture, Winky Lux and Toofaced.

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Friday, May 31

Kobra Street Art Michael Jackson Mural

May 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - February 29, 2020 @ 6:59 pm
1st Avenue & 11th Street
1st Avenue & 11th Street

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful mural depicts Michael Jackson split into the Jackson 5-era youth and mature King Of Pop.

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Tuesday, September 10

SERRA D’AUTUNNO by Birreria at Eataly

September 10 @ 11:30 am - November 5 @ 10:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Dine ats Eataly's “autumn greenhouse” with a lush, colorful atmosphere, an extensive fall cocktail menu (think: apple cider all'italiana), and vibrant seasonal plates infused with traditional flavors of Italian autumn and featuring top local produce. Online reservations recommended; eat at the bar if there's a wait at the tables. Open rain or shine - the roof is retractable.

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Tuesday, September 17

Etazin Sculpture Chair

September 17
The Buchanan
160 East 48th Street at Third Avenue+ Google Map

Sit/lie/play on an interactive outdoor lounge chair, designed by a local mom,  with steel rings that turn for multiple views of this bus city block.    

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Staten Island Ferry

September 17
Whitehall Terminal
4 Whitehall Street+ Google Map

Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Mnahattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minutes long trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour).

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

September 17

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Beach at Rockefeller Center

September 17
Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza Midtown+ Google Map

Build sand castles and lounge under striped umbrellas at a mini beach/sandbox in the Channel Gardens of iconic Rockefeller Center. We could have stayed all day.

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Uptown GRANDSCALE mural project

September 17
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

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Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project

September 17
Broadway Malls
Broadway Malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street+ Google Map

Ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds in danger of extinction roost on the UWS Broadway malls. Brookyln-based artist Nicolas Holiber painted but did not weatherproof reclaimed lumber, allowing for the city’s natural forces to affect it, highlighting the environmental challenges faced by each species.

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Dubuffet Sculpture

September 17
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

September 17
18th Street & Tenth Avenue
West 18th Street & Tenth Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

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Hive

September 17
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

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Mural Outside Fluevog

September 17
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

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WTC Street Murals

September 17
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding the newly-opened 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

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Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

September 17
West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue
292 West 21st Street Chelsea/Meatpacking

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

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Domino Park

September 17 @ 6:00 am - 11:30 pm
Domino Park
15 River Street+ Google Map

Splash in fun fountains and find lots of cool details at this waterfront playground designed by the artist Mark Reigelman. Features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the manufacturing process of the former nearvy Domino Sugar refinery.

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Bridge Over Tree & Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll

September 17 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street Brooklyn+ Google Map

At Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn, travel along a 91-foot-long walkway with a set of stairs that rise and fall over a single evergreen tree in Bridge Over Tree, by Iranian artist Siah Armajani. Also admire a rainbow watertower made from roughly one thousand salvaged scraps of acrylic, illuminated by the sun during the day and solar-powered lights at night. Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, lights up the sky around Pier 5 and is visible from numerous…

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En Plein Air

September 17 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage
Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking

See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting.

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Window on Adornment: LaKela Brown at Rockefeller Center

September 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm
Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza Midtown

Three vitrine spaces inside 45 Rockefeller Plaza, are activated with site-specific installations of plaster wall reliefs by Brooklyn-based artist LaKela Brown. Using bamboo hoops, door knocker earrings, heavy rope chains, and her own body as tools for casting, Brown makes impressions in the plaster, embedding the material with a series of references to hip-hop, ’90s music, and the culture in which she grew up. Also look for vinyl murals throughout Rock Center, on the Concourse and street levels, at 10…

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Eataly NYC Downtown

September 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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