Central Park releases access map for people with limited mobility

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A new map from the Central Park Conservancy includes lots of new information about the park’s playgrounds, trails, restrooms, entertainment areas and other spaces that decodes the park for people with disabilities and/or limited mobility. Helpful information includes information on park terrain, letting visitors know how steep various trails are, and where there are stairs or other potential obstacles.

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The map also shows where handicapped-accessible restrooms are and whether they’re open year-round. You can find out more information about the park and the map here. Copies of the map are available at park visitors’ centers and information kiosks.



NYC’s best alternative holiday markets and coolest pop-up shops of 2018

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Best Made Co. Holiday Outpost
111 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
November 15 – December 31, Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A Brooklyn outpost of superauthentic goods emporium Best Made Co. is offering select items from its shelves (think axes and overalls) plus a selection of wreaths and trees available for purchase while supplies last.

Google Hardware Store
131 Greene Street, NYC
Through December 31. Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alongside the retail launch of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last week, Google opened a pair of “Google Hardware Store” pop-up shops in New York and Chicago. You can browse through all the latest additions to the Made by Google lineup and see how they work in person, buy some products, and participate in interactive workshops.

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So Holiday Shoppe Object Marketplace
Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Friday, November 30, 4 p.m – 8 p.m.; Saturday December 1, 10 a.m – 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m – 7 p.m.
For three days, SHOPPE OBJECT takes over two floors at Brooklyn’s Industry City for the launch of SO HOLIDAY. Expect more brands, designers, and makers, plus new product launches, exclusive offerings, one-offs, discounted items and more at this lively curated shopping event.

Snowe Home pop-up
168 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Monday -Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Chic online home goods shop Snowe takes it offline with a pop-up location in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. A veritable”Museum of Staying Home,” the shop is filled with a bounty of goodies you’ll want to bring home with you, including bedding, post-bath luxuries, flatware, cocktail gear, dinner party essentials, uncommon scents and more.

Wild One pop-up shop 
242 Lafayette Street, NYC
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another online shop gets real for the holidays: Wild One makes quality products for pets and their people. Which is perfect for the four-legged people on your gift list.

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No matter how hard we try to resist the urge to do last-minute shopping, that unexpected invitation, secret Santa or gift that needs reciprocation sends us scrambling for the perfect present. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of holiday markets and pop-up shops offering a bounty of just-right goodies and crafty gifts. The big NYC markets at Union Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, and Columbus Circle are the front-runners for sheer volume, but some of the best finds are waiting to be discovered at smaller, cooler neighborhood affairs.

In addition to locally-made jewelry, crafts, vintage items, artfully curated fashions, home items, gourmet goodies and other things we didn’t know we needed, these hip retail outposts sparkle with drinks, food, workshops, tarot readings, nail art, music, and family fun to keep shoppers’ spirits bright.

Winter Flea Market at Atlantic Center
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Smorgasburg open until 8 p.m.); Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; see site for holiday hours
Atlantic Center (625 Atlantic Avenue across from Barclays)
The fabulous Flea is always on the move, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a unique environment for shopping, eating and people-watching. Smorgasburg food vendors do crowd-feeding duty alongside the Flea’s usual bounty of vintage clothes and shoes, locally-made fashions, jewelry, furniture, lighting, home goods, stationery, collectibles, and much more with a seasonal focus on holiday fare from decorations to gifts.

The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade 
Manhattan: December 3-9; Chelsea Market event space, 75 9th Avenue. M-F 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m;. Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Brooklyn: November 24-25 at The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street; Dec 15–16 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
What began as a DIY event in Beacon, NY nine years ago has become a New York City winter tradition for thousands of shoppers looking for local and unexpected holiday gifts and goodies. Comprised of members of the NY Handmade Collective (formerly Etsy NY Team), the market showcases a selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based in the tri-state area, and promises to be your go-to stop for cute and creative items of the sort that get everyone asking, “Where did you get that?”

Open House by Young & Able
277 Berry Street, Brooklyn
November 2 through December 23; Thursday – Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Young & Able’s fifth holiday pop-up experience will celebrate women-led businesses with a Williamsburg, Brooklyn “open house” market featuring 50 women-led brands; they’re also hosting a workshop series taught by featured designers.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar 
501 Union Street + the Green Building at 452 Union Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn

November 24 & 25, 2018; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
This unique annual event brings together the best of local talent under two beautiful roofs. The 6th edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, delicious food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times for the whole family on Thanksgiving weekend.

Ridgewood Market 
Ridgewood Market turned five this year, and its holiday versions promise to be, like all things Ridgewood, chill, friendly and fun, with over 40 independent and local artisan vendors, booze, food and more. This holiday market pops up in a few satellite locations this year: The Footlight music venue (465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, Saturday November 17th, Saturday December 15th, 12-6 p.m.); Nowadays indoor/outdoor party spot (56-06 Cooper Avenue Ridgewood, Queens; Saturdays in December, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.); At the historic Onderdonk house accompanied by a Christmas concert featuring Colonial songs and more (1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, Sunday, December 2nd 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.); and at PS 290Q (55-20 Metropolitan Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, Saturday, December 8th, 2-6 p.m.

Renegade Craft Fair Winter Pop-Up  
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street
December 22 + 23, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Renegade Craft Fair is a curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design. Each event is curated for an eclectic offering of both experienced and emergent designers offering one-of-a-kind and limited edition goods. Join in a festive holiday weekend celebration in Brooklyn featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Shop emerging and established makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks and end the day with a cocktail.

Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market 
Greenpoint Loft, 67 West Street, fifth floor, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Sunday, December 2, 1:00-7:00 p.m.
This might be everyone’s favorite indie holiday market, and this year’s version embraces the inevitable with a polar vortex theme; they’re expecting 3,000+ shoppers for a day full of free fun activities, live music, and shopping in one of Brooklyn’s most beautifully restored historic spaces. You can expect 60+ local crafters, artists, and food vendors, plus a photo booth, nail art, and tarot card readings in the 6,000-square-foot Greenpoint Loft, two blocks from the G train.

BUST Holiday Craftacular 
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Saturday, December 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This BUST magazine-sponsored mother-of-all-craft-markets rolls back into Brooklyn with a rainbow of goods by local artisans offering apparel, jewelry, toys, and more that you won’t find at the mall, plus food and beer at a big Greenpoint event space. BUST Craftacular events are New York City’s longest-running annual juried craft fair and indie shopping event series. This year you can take a break from shopping with classes and talks from the BUST School for Creative Living. And though it’s put on by the cheeky grrlmag, there’s plenty of stuff for guys, too.

Astoria Market 
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens
December 2, 9 & 16 from 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Astoria’s iconic old-school Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is a great place to visit, dine, and quaff giant beers even without stuff to buy. The annual holiday market brings super Santas to Queens to mix and mingle in the Main Hall; pick up some gifts from among the art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, apothecary and beauty products, handbags, clothing and gift baskets before you settle in downstairs for drinks and goulash.

The Oddities Flea Market
Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
December 1 & 2; 12 – 6 p.m.
Curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn and a fabulously interesting haute oddball crew, the Oddities Flea Market is returning to the Brooklyn Bazaar from their new home in L.A. to provide two amazing days of shopping among the best purveyors of the odd, macabre, and the strange. Inside you will find an assemblage of vendors from across the country bringing you an extensive variety of joyfully peculiar items including medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art and more.

FAD Holiday Pop-up Markets
Holiday Makers Market; Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, December 1 & 2, 11 a.m. to  6 p.m.
Holiday Makers Market; City Point, 445 Albee Square West, December 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.
Holiday Artisanal Food Market; Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, December 8 & 9, 11 a.m. to  6 p.m.
This holiday season, FAD Market presents a three-part market experience in the form of two thoughtfully curated makers’ markets and an artisanal food pop-up. Look forward to an amazing lineup of over 200 independent designer-makers showcasing unique handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings and indulge in locally crafted food and drinks. With a new roster of makers each week, it’s a fun-filled holiday shopping destination not to be missed.

Brooklinen NYC pop-up store
119 Spring Street, Soho, NYC;  Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -8:00.p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.  
Local bedding disruptor Brooklinen goes from URL to IRL with their first-ever pop-up shop in Soho (rather than Brooklyn, somewhat ironically). They’re “only open this winter” so cozy up while you can, talk to bedding experts, try before you buy…and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

Il Buco Vita annual holiday pop-up shop
57 Great Jones Street, NYC
Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop the famed restaurant il Buco’s collection of artisanal housewares, ceramics, and antiques, sourced in central and southern Italy by il Buco founder Donna Lennard and creative partners Antonello & Lorenzo Radi.

I Found It at the Strategist: A Holiday Pop-Up Shop
347 West Broadway, NYC
November 8 – December 30, Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The holiday gifting season is showtime for New York Magazine’s cool stuff-hunting publication The Strategist; This year they’ve taken a batch of their vetted gift recommendations and made them fully three-dimensional in a holiday pop-up shop: I Found It at the Strategist. You’ll find a selection of goodies to touch, inspect, play around with and, of course, purchase. It’s a chance to to discover holiday gifts, new products, and weird and wonderful things you didn’t know you needed (like a chlorophyll mask that took over the internet or a charcoal-infused face towel).

The Better Shop ethical market 
155 Grand Street, Brooklyn

November 1 – December 30, 7 days a week, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Filled with ethically made goods, The Better Shop is an oasis of sustainability in the mad dash of holiday shopping. With lush plants and warm hardwood floors it’s both approachable and cool with a distinct Brooklyn edge. The Better Shop is like walking into your best friend’s pad – if they traveled the world and had impeccable taste.

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Art Students League Holiday Art Sale
Art Students League: The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 215 West 57th Street, NYC
December 11 − 21 , Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
More than 425 works will be on sale at the Art Students League of New York for prices as low as $50. Every December, art-lovers and gift-givers bring home great values, choosing from a wide variety of works by emerging artists. Paintings and prints—landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and abstractions—sell for no more than $1,000.

East Village Stand Holiday Market
Corner of 7th Street and Avenue C, East Village, NYC
November 23 – December 24; Opening reception and performances: Friday, November 23, 6 – 8 p.m. 
The East Village Stand Holiday Market is a 10-foot x 4-foot former storage space on the corner of 7th Street and Avenue C in the East Village. The location of this unusual little space makes it possible to use the front and entire corner outside of the stand for performances, dinner parties, poetry and concerts, which are planned for the coming days. Customers can, of course, purchase handmade, local, artisan and vintage gifts and partake of the food and drink that will be served along with all the fun.

Wayfair holiday pop-up
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J.
Through January 2, 2019
While it’s neither indie nor in a cool East Village storage space, lovers of online retail giant Wayfair might be excited to know of this pop-up “experience” in the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. In addition to customer service and “home design experts” ready to answer any questions, visitors can sample more than 100 fabric swatches to create their own custom furniture, and more.

FAO Schwarz will reopen this November in Rockefeller Center

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It’s been more than three years since FAO Schwarz closed its doors after 150 years, ending its run as the nation’s oldest toy store. At the time, owner Toys “R” Us blamed rising rents at Midtown’s General Motors Building, but assured the public they’d be looking for a new location. And since California-based firm ThreeSixty Group Inc. took over ownership in 2016, that day has finally come. According to the Wall Street Journal, FAO Schwarz will open a new 20,000-square-foot location in Rockefeller Center this November. Part of the company’s new strategy is to bring a “sense of theater” to the store, which will include costumed employees, magicians and dancers, and product demonstrators.

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FAO Schwarz has branded an entire campaign around the re-opening, dubbed “Return to Wonder.” A post on their Instagram shows the new storefront and its windows covered in marketing materials.

Though the interior renderings are vague drawings at this point, they do show us that the giant dance-on piano immortalized in the 1988 Tom Hanks movie “Big” will be back. The store is even holding auditions for dancers to play tunes on it. Visitors can also expect costumed toy soldiers to be walking around.

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ThreeSixty Group has declined to comment on the store’s construction costs or the terms of their lease with Rockefeller Center owner Tishman Speyer, but the Journal notes that commercial real estate here is among the priciest in the city, coming in at $3,200 a square foot (compared with just $501 a square foot in the trendy Meatpacking District.

This fall, ThreeSixty Group will open a much smaller FAO Schwarz outpost at LaGuardia Airport’s newly revamped Terminal B. And in 2019, they’ll open a location in China. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in “auditioning” for a job at the Rock center flagship, the process will begin on September 8th.

The Art of the Holidays

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The Art of the Holidays

KAITLYN ZAFONTE      November 8, 2018

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The holiday season is upon us, and nowhere is the cheer more palpable than at Lincoln Center. The world's premier performing arts center, located in the cultural heart of New York City, offers dozens of events across its campus that will awaken the magic of the holidays in all of us.

On par with visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center and ice-skating in Bryant Park, the Metropolitan Opera's production of Mozart's enchanting fairy tale, The Magic Flute, has become a New York holiday tradition. Julie Taymor's stunning production—in a family-friendly abridged and English-language version—returns to delight audiences young and old, with performances from December 19 to January 5. And if you're looking to ring in the New Year in style, the Met will be presenting a new staging of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur on December 31.

The sumptuous production, starring soprano Anna Netrebko, and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be followed by dinner, dancing, and fireworks as part of its New Year's Eve Gala. (Regular performances run through January 26.)

For many of us, the holidays would not be complete without Nat King Cole's velvety voice. On December 14 and 15, vocalist Sachal Vasandani honors the crooner's legacy at a centennial event presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Though not specifically holiday-themed, this evening in the intimate Appel Room will fill you with a warm nostalgia for holiday seasons past. Then, for a true holiday extravaganza, look no further than Big Band Holidays (December 19 to 23) as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift perform big-band arrangements of holiday favorites.

What would the holidays be if we were not graced by a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy? Join Marie, her Prince, and an array of toy soldiers and mischievous mice for New York City Ballet's stunning production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, which returns to the David H. Koch Theater from November 23 through December 30.

At David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic offers a month packed with events, starting with its annual production of Handel's Messiah, sung by soprano Lauren Snouffer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Andrew Stables, bass-baritone Neal Davies, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, conducted by Jonathan Cohen (December 11 through 15). On December 16, Holiday Brass returns with beloved former principal trumpet, conductor, and host Philip Smith leading the New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion in a virtuosic holiday fête. If you've got kids in your life—or if you want to experience Home Alone anew—don't miss a screening of the holiday blockbuster as the Philharmonic performs John Williams's iconic score live (December 21 & 22). And then there is the Phil's always highly anticipated New Year Eve's concert, this year with music director Jaap van Zweden leading his orchestra in a celebration of Viennese and popular classics. American superstar soprano Renée Fleming joins van Zweden and the Phil, singing classics from Broadway musicals and beloved operettas.

Head over to Alice Tully Hall for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Baroque Collection featuring noted Handel interpreter Joélle Harvey in a program that also includes Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann (December 9). Then, on December 18, include Bach in your holiday celebrations with the Chamber Music Society's annual performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.

Also taking place on the warm, wood-veneered stage of Alice Tully Hall, clarinet star Martin Fröst joins the winter festivities, accompanied by pianist Henrik Måwe. This joyful program explores one of the great masterpieces of the clarinet repertoire and Brahms' final chamber work—his luminous Sonata in E-flat major—as part of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series (December 12). Earlier in the month (December 2), charismatic pianist Federico Colli lends his lyricism to Great Performers in a Sunday Morning Coffee Concert featuring Beethoven's transcendent "Appassionata" sonata. Followed by coffee and conversation with Colli himself, this is the perfect way to spend a cozy winter morning.

Don't forget about the free holiday events offered across Lincoln Center's bustling campus. Stop by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on December 12 for a special screening that complements New York City Ballet's presentation of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®. Part of the library's Dance Rewindseries, which is dedicated to the recording of live dance performance, this presentation will feature American Ballet Theatre's rendition of the holiday classic from December 2013, with choreography by former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. And the Performing Arts Library's Holiday Songbook is back with new holiday music penned by Broadway composers and lyricists and performed by the Great White Way's talented vocalists.

No visit to Lincoln Center is complete without a trip to the David Rubenstein Atrium, where you'll find amazing artists year-round—and all for free. On November 26, Combo Chimbita blends rock, funk, cumbia, funaná, kompa, and dub as part of Winter's Eve, an annual neighborhood festival that celebrates the start of the holiday season on the Upper West Side. Then be sure to catch the kid-friendly R&B band Shine & the Moonbeams (December 1); a celebration of today's most exciting new composers from Nouveau Classical Project (December 6); Russian-born, New York–based composer and performer Ljova with members of the PUBLIQuartet (December 13); and a Latin dance party with the Grammy-nominated salsera Miss YaYa.

LaGuardia Airport’s first new gates and concourse are open

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The first new gates in LaGuardia Airport‘s Terminal B will open this Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier today. The opening will inaugurate the first of two concourses and 11 of the 35 total gates that will service Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. This is the first phase of Cuomo’s larger $8 billion overhaul to create “a whole new LaGuardia.” The new concourse will feature retail space, a “food hall,” complete with local mini-chains like Shake Shack, Irving Farm coffee, and La Chula taqueria, as well as an indoor park (a design feature Cuomo is also implementing at JFK).

“The opening of the first new concourse and gates at Terminal B marks another significant milestone in the transformation of LaGuardia Airport into a modern, global gateway that is worthy of the State of New York,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “While leaders in Washington only talk about investing in infrastructure, in New York we are actually getting it done, and now travelers from across the world will start to see and experience a whole new LaGuardia.”

The 250,000-square-foot concourse boasts 55-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow light to fill the space, which is further freshened up by an indoor park complete with benches, landscaping, and real trees. Amenities include charging stations, free unlimited WiFi, a children’s play area, and a private nursing room.

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As 6sqft previously reported, the food hall is going to be a veritable foodie destination, with options including popular New York establishments such as Shake Shack, La Chula, Osteria Fusco, Kingside and Irving Farm Coffee. Travelers will also be able to partake in another, very New York food experience — delivery! — with the possibility of having food delivered straight to their gate. Retail venues will include FAO Schwarz, McNally Jackson, and a District Market, which will feature a variety of “Made in Queens” products available through a partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corp.

The new terminal is part of the ongoing overhaul of LaGuardia Airport, an undertaking that broke ground in 2016. When completed, the new 2.7 million square foot LaGuardia Airport will be the first new airport built in the U.S. in more than 25 years. Construction is currently ongoing at Terminal C on the eastern side of the airport, with an expected opening in 2021. A formal environmental review is underway for the proposed AirTrain LGA, which would provide a reliable trip to LaGuardia from Midtown Manhattan in 30 minutes.

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The extreme outdatedness of LaGuardia made national headlines back in 2014 when Joe Biden said it was like “landing in a third-world nation.” In his speech today, Cuomo pointed to this comment and how LaGuardia has become “a metaphor for the infrastructure in the state, it’s a metaphor for the infrastructure in the nation,” perhaps a reference to his meeting yesterday with Donald Trump that did not result in a funding commitment for the Gateway Tunnel project.

But as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said: “As project after project is completed, the once outdated facility is transforming LaGuardia Airport into a world-class, 21st-century transportation hub. The new gates will not only ease passenger travel, but they will also offer the amenities that all visitors have come to expect at international airports today.”

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Lyft will invest $100M to triple the size of Citi Bike to 40,000 bikes

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Just in time for the L train shutdown, the city is getting more bike-friendly. Lyft, the car-sharing company that bought the Citi Bike‘s operator Motivate, will invest $100 million to dramatically expand the program, according to an announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The fleet of Citi Bikes will triple from 12,000 now to 40,000 over the next five years and cover an area more than twice its current size. The investment will also add more electric bikes, which Citi Bike began to roll out in the summer, boost the $5 discount membership program for NYCHA residents and SNAP recipients, and help repair existing bikes and infrastructure.

“This expansion means tens of thousands more New Yorkers are going to have a fast and inexpensive way to get around their city. It also means much more reliable service for all the riders who already use Citi Bike,” de Blasio said in a statement.

Citi Bike is already the country’s largest bike-sharing program, with close to 150,000 members and more than 70,000 rides per day on the busiest days. Much of the geographic expansion, which will cover an additional 35 square miles, will happen outside Manhattan, in areas where Citi Bike stations are too far to provide a viable transportation alternative or don’t exist at all. According to the press release, “The geographic boundaries of the expansion will be established in the coming months. Expansion will be accompanied by extensive community and elected official outreach to the selected areas.”

The Citi Bike program is privately-funded, and the city must rely on partnerships like this one to finance it. Lyft finalized its purchase of Motivate on Thursday after first announcing the acquisition in July. Motivate also operates the bike-share systems in the Bay Area, Chicago, DC, and five other U.S. cities.

Ikea’s first Manhattan store will open this spring on East 59th Street, BY DANA SCHULZ

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Amazon, Target, and Trader Joe’s have all cemented their Manhattan presence in recent years, and it looks like Ikea does not want to be left out of the action. In a Wall Street Journalstory today that discusses the Swedish furniture company’s larger restructuring plans (which includes slashing 7,500 jobs in an attempt to focus on delivery and digital efforts), it was revealed that Ikea will open 30 new stores in city centers over the next two years. There is currently a store in central London, and the next foray into major urban hubs will be its largest yet, a 5,000-square-foot space in Paris. After that, they’ll open a city-center store in NYC, which we assume will be somewhere between FiDi and the 80s.

The jobs that Ikea is getting rid of are mainly in the communications, human resources, and administrative departments. But by investing in delivery, digital, and city-center stores, the furniture giant plans to create 11,500 new jobs over the next two years, a very steep increase considering they currently employ 160,000 corporate staff. The shift comes after internal research revealed that 80 percent of Ikea customers research and plan their purchases before even entering a store. In response, as the Journal explains, “IKEA is cutting the number of products it displays, freeing up space for more mocked-up living rooms and bedrooms.”

Since opening its first store in the Swedish village of Älmhult in 1958, Ikea has focused on opening sprawling locations in more rural or industrial areas outside of city centers. However, with statistics showing that 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, they’ve decided to adjust this strategy. Assuming that New Yorkers take to this idea, Ikea then plans to open similar city-center stores in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Ikea’s property division, Ingka Centres, is also taking a new city-center approach. Commercial Observer recently reported that the development arm will open six mixed-use developments in the next two years as part of a $6.6 billion investment plan. In addition to a proper Ikea store, these complexes will have retail and entertainment areas, commercial space, and health education services. The first of these locations is being built for $1.1 billion in Shanghai, China. For North American ventures, New York City and San Francisco are at the top of the list, though it’s not clear whether these much larger projects would be directly in Manhattan.

After teasing us last week with news that they were in the “preliminary” planning stages of opening a city-center store in New York City, Ikea has today announced, that they will, in fact, open their first Manhattan store in spring 2019. The IKEA Planning Studio–a store concept that focuses on “smart solutions for urban living and small spaces”–will open at 999 Third Avenue, right across the street from Bloomingdales at 59th Street and just over the Queensboro Bridge from Long Island City where Amazon is readying to bring 25,000 employees.

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The location makes perfect sense. With the two-year-old Second Avenue Subway, more people are crossing through the East 59th Street corridor, and as previously mentioned, the quick cab ride to Long Island City makes it a hop, skip, and jump away from all the new Amazon fanfare. Plus, this area of the Upper East Side has long been Manhattan’s design district, with the D&D Building on the block south. The retail space at 999 Third Avenue became vacant this time last year, leaving a three-floor, 20,000-square-foot space empty. Owner the Zucker Organization has been marketing it as several different spaces as opposed to one large one, but it’s not clear how much of the storefront Ikea will occupy.

Ikea says the “Planning Studio concept was co-created with New Yorkers who provided input to IKEA throughout the planning process” and that it will “give customers the opportunity to discover, select and order IKEA products for delivery to their home, which is what urban residents want and need.”

This will be Ikea’s first city-center store in the entire country. They have already opened a Panning Studio in central London, and plans are already underway for their largest-yet, a 5,000-square-foot location in Paris. These stores are part of a larger restructuring plan, which includes slashing 7,500 jobs in an attempt to focus on delivery and digital efforts through efforts such as “new lower-priced shipping and delivery, Click & Collect, financing, and TaskRabbit assembly services.” Over the next two years, they will open 30 new stores in city centers; other U.S. cities being considered are Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

In a press release, Ikea says the Red Hook, Brooklyn store will also be remodeled and noted that they recently opened a new customer fulfillment center in Staten Island for online deliveries.

Inside The Water Tower Bar, A Speakeasy Atop the Williamsburg Hotel

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If you missed the watertower speakeasy from back in 2013, you can now experience The Water Tower, a bar atop the Williamsburg Hotel designed in homage to New York City’s iconic water towers. Newly opened over the weekend, the lounge and nightclub sits perched above the rooftop pool accessible via a winding steel staircase. A balcony wraps around the main steel “water tower” structure which is cut-out with large panes of glass to offer 360 degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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The interior decor features a reclaimed wooden floor, tufted velvet and leather couches, banquettes, and chairs, a marble bar, and an eclectic selection of gold, mirrored and wooden cocktail tables. A wall of vintage-style pop art by a local artist features slogans like “I improve with Wine!”, a quote about New York from the Frank Sinatra song New York, New York (“If you can make it here, I’llmake it anywhere,” a quote from writer Jay McInerney in New York Magazine, “All that can be said with certainty is, ‘The best place in New York is the night, the worst place in New York is the morning.”

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Mixologist, Rael Petit who was at the helm of The Standard Hotel before, created the cocktail menu which includes concoctions like Heart of Gold (Patron Gran Platinum, Cocchi Americano, white truffle-infused aperol), Message in a Bottle (Bacardi 4yr, clarified milk, Chinese cinnamon cordial, blue majik pineapple juice, lemon), Purple Rain (Empress Gin, Cocchi Americano, Pear Williams, Plant People CBD oil) and Les Gnomes (Absolut Elyx, Singani 63, Ancho Reyes, ginger syrup, lemon juice). Small bites are also available, with a menu by Executive Chef Nic Caicedo that includes a Seafood Plateau of local seafood, a White Truffle Grilled Cheeze, and Caviar Tastings.

The Water Tower is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 4 AM.







BELVEDERE CASTLE

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Restoration of the Belvedere will address the overall condition of its structures and terraces, modernize systems that support its preservation and use, and restore lost aspects of the historic design. A future phase of this project will include providing an accessible route to the Belvedere, one of the most heavily visited destinations in the Park.

For more than a century, the Belvedere (Italian for “beautiful view”) has provided visitors with some of the best views of Central Park. Calvert Vaux, co-designer of the Park, conceived the miniature castle in 1869 as a whimsical open-air structure and lookout tower. Situated atop Vista Rock, the Belvedere offered views of the old Croton reservoir (now the Great Lawn) to the north and the Ramble to the south. In 1919, it was enclosed with windows and doors to serve as a station of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

The weather station moved out of the facility in the early 1960s, and two decades of deterioration and vandalism followed. In 1983, the Conservancy renovated and reopened Belvedere Castle as a visitor center and gift shop. Deterioration in the thirty-five years since has been exacerbated by insufficient drainage, waterproofing, and climate control systems.

In progress is a comprehensive core and shell restoration of the Belvedere, including the expansion and modernization of mechanical systems and supporting utilities.

The Conservancy’s restoration of the Belvedere includes:

  • Cleaning and repointing the Belvedere’s exterior and interior masonry

  • Installing new drainage and waterproofing systems

  • Restoring the wood pavilions on the main plaza and upper terraces

  • Recreating a wood tower that was originally part of the large pavilion at the northwest corner

  • Replacing existing terrace pavements with bluestone pavers laid out according to the historic design

  • Replacing the existing windows and doors with clear pane, insulated glass to evoke the Belvedere’s original open-air design and control interior temperature and moisture

  • Repairing and replacing interior bluestone floors and ceilings

  • Modernizing mechanical systems and upgrading utility services

  • Upgrading interior and exterior lighting


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CLOSURE INFORMATION

Belvedere Castle is closed for restoration. It will reopen to the public in 2019.

LIVING IN Morningside Heights: More Space for the Money

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The area is known for its parks and historic buildings, but it has another draw: larger homes for less than New Yorkers might pay elsewhere.

By Aileen Jacobson

  • Oct. 31, 2018

Jill Shapiro was skeptical. She was taking the subway to look at an apartment on West 110th Street in Morningside Heights, which seemed very far north, she said, compared to the West 86th Street address where she was living with her husband and two daughters.

“But when I got off the train, on that corner, I instantly knew,” said Ms. Shapiro, 51, an office administrator. “If the apartment was O.K., this would be the neighborhood. It felt right.”

Among the attractions were a 24-hour supermarket on one corner, an adequate number of small shops and restaurants, and a “little less hustle and bustle” on the streets than in her previous neighborhood, she said. And then there was the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom apartment that she and her husband, Evan, a television producer who is also 51, bought 14 years ago, for about $1.2 million.

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That amount of space for a reasonable price is a major reason many people move to Morningside Heights; so are the low-rise historic buildings and the extensive parkland. For Ms. Shapiro, another reason was the students at Columbia University and other nearby schools. “The Columbia kids bring a lot of energy to the neighborhood,” she said. 

She even likes the tourists she encounters when she walks her dogs in the gardens around the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, in an 11.3-acre complex called the Close, where peacocks roam the grounds. “The dogs like to look at them,” she said. (So do the humans.)

 Sakura Park, north of West 122nd Street, got its name from a large shipment of cherry trees delivered to New York City from Japan in 1912. (The word “sakura” means cherry blossoms in Japanese.) CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Sakura Park, north of West 122nd Street, got its name from a large shipment of cherry trees delivered to New York City from Japan in 1912. (The word “sakura” means cherry blossoms in Japanese.) CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Her daughters, 20 and 23, live elsewhere now, but want to return, she said: “They have forbidden us to sell the apartment.” Edward Fortier, 56, a lawyer, was also looking for more space at an affordable price earlier this year, when he and his husband bought a three-bedroom apartment near West 125th Street, at the northern end of the neighborhood, for less than $1 million — a relative bargain, although it required a complete renovation. “It was hard to find that size apartment any other place, especially to the south, except in the several-million-dollar range,” he said.

For the previous 21 years, he’d lived at 110th Street and Central Park West, but he always liked the area around Columbia. “It has a nice open feel to it,” he said. “And it has a lively vibe.” 

Some residential construction nearby has been spurred in part by Columbia’s new 17-acre Manhattanville campus, starting north of West 125th Street and already partly open. And while the additional housing is not welcomed by all residents, Mr. Fortier is optimistic, believing “it will bring more life to the neighborhood.”

What You’ll Find

Morningside Heights is both an old neighborhood — much of it was given historic landmark status by New York City last year — and a changing one, with several buildings recently completed or going up.

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Broadway is the main commercial thoroughfare.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

It stretches from West 110th Street (called Cathedral Parkway in some parts) to West 125th Street (known in parts as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), and from the Hudson River to Morningside Avenue. It includes the 13-block-long Morningside Park, which has playgrounds, walking paths and a duck pond; the smaller Sakura Park, dotted with Japanese cherry trees; and broad areas of Riverside Park, with tennis courts at West 119th Street. Riverside Church, around West 122nd Street, has a soaring Gothic spire that can be seen from many blocks around.

Columbia University is the behemoth in the neighborhood. The main campus has an entrance at Broadway and West 116th Street, but satellite buildings are scattered all around, including Barnard College across the street, ancillary academic centers and residential buildings. Bookstores, bars, food trucks and cafes line some sidewalks, while residential side streets tend to be peaceful.

“It’s like a little village,” said Laura Friedman, 65, a retired community organizer who has lived in the neighborhood for 42 years with her husband, Paul Shneyer, 66, an attorney, and raised two daughters there. 

But she and others believe that the area — which she said has already become too upscale for some writers and artists who once rented there — is in danger of becoming overdeveloped, mostly on land owned by institutions in need of funds. Ms. Friedman is president of the Morningside Heights Community Coalition and of the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee, both of which “speak to how deeply people care about the neighborhood they live in,” she said.

 The 40-foot-high Peace Fountain is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, on Amsterdam Avenue north of West 110th, at the southern end of Morningside Heights. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

The 40-foot-high Peace Fountain is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, on Amsterdam Avenue north of West 110th, at the southern end of Morningside Heights. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Enclave, a 15-story, 428-unit modern rental building completed in 2016, rises next to the ornate Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on West 113th Street. Across the street, four former nurses’ residences that are part of the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital complex are being converted into rental apartments, with construction scheduled to conclude in 2020. Union Theological Seminary, on Broadway near 121st Street, has sold the rights to build a condominium on its campus, as has the Jewish Theological Seminary, across the street, where a 32-story building called the Vandewater is going up.

The historic district committee is working to extend the district’s boundaries, and the coalition has promoted affordable housing, Ms. Friedman said, but “we have not yet been successful in stopping anything.”

What You’ll Pay

The average sales price for a co-op this year, through the end of September, was $895,958, while the average sales price for a condo was $772,640, according to NeighborhoodX, a real estate data and analytics company. “Prices have held pretty firm,” said Steven O. Goldschmidt, a senior vice president at Warburg Realty, and in some cases have risen in recent years. Part of the reason for the increase, which has also been seen in luxury rentals, he said, is Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus.

Renovated buildings and a few new developments have made the neighborhood more desirable, especially for people looking for larger spaces, said Adrian Noriega, a broker with CORE Real Estate. And while the neighborhood has become somewhat pricier, it still offers good value, he said: “It has changed for the better.”

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In mid-October, 45 homes were listed for sale on StreetEasy. The least expensive, at $399,000, was a junior one-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op near the northern end of Broadway. The costliest, at $2.95 million, was a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom co-op on Riverside Drive with park and river views.

Of the 66 apartments for rent in late October, prices ranged from $1,989 for a studio south of the Columbia campus to $9,500 for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom furnished condo unit with four balconies, available for only seven months.

The Vibe

Chris Shelton, pastor of the Broadway Presbyterian Church on West 114th Street, said there is a lot of “community warmth” in the neighborhood, as well as “a sense of social justice and a passion for doing good.” 

Mr. Shelton’s church operates a shelter and a soup kitchen, and he has instituted a series of chamber-music concerts that are open to the public, he said. Columbia University offers many arts programs, and the Manhattan School of Music, on Claremont Avenue and 122nd Street, presents student performances, many of them free.

“There’s a cultural vibe,” said Mr. Goldschmidt of Warburg Realty, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2004. Largely because of the students, he said, it is also a “24/7 neighborhood that is constantly vibrating.” 

 Tom’s Restaurant, on Broadway at West 112th Street, where Jerry Seinfeld and pals supposedly often ate on "Seinfeld."CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Tom’s Restaurant, on Broadway at West 112th Street, where Jerry Seinfeld and pals supposedly often ate on "Seinfeld."CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

On Amsterdam Avenue, across from the Cathedral, one can find the venerable Hungarian Pastry Shop, filled with students and older people reading, writing or chatting, and V & T Pizzeria and Restaurant, a popular student hangout, both of which have sidewalk seating.

On the west side of Broadway, between West 112th and 113th, a string of restaurants with sidewalk seating includes Community Food & Juice and Le Monde, a more sedate French restaurant. On the opposite corner is Tom’s Restaurant, where Jerry Seinfeld and pals ate on “Seinfeld” (though only the exterior was used on the show). 

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On the northern end of Broadway, in an area sometimes identified as part of Harlem, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Harlem’s Floridita are popular. Morningside Park hosts the Down to Earth farmers’ market on Saturdays. And on Broadway along the Columbia campus, from West 114th to West 116th Street, Columbia Greenmarket operates year-round on Thursdays (Tuesday on Thanksgiving week) and Sundays.

The Schools

Students living below West 116th Street are zoned for P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon, which has about 730 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. According to the 2016-17 School Quality Snapshot, 35 percent of students there met state standards in English, versus 41 percent citywide; 36 percent met state standards in math, compared with 38 percent citywide.

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Students north of West 116th Street are zoned for two schools. P.S. 125 Ralph Bunche has about 260 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. On 2016-2017 state tests, 54 percent of students there met standards in English, versus 40 percent citywide; 54 percent met standards in math, compared with 42 percent citywide. At P.S. 36 Margaret Douglas, which has about 439 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade, 21 percent met standards in English on 2016-2017 state tests and 21 percent met standards in math. 

The Commute

The 1 subway train stops on Broadway at West 110th, West 116th and West 125th Streets. A commute to Midtown can take 30 to 45 minutes. Buses include the M4, M5, M11, M104 and M60-SBS to and from La Guardia Airport.

The History

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A bronze relief sculpture at Columbia University, facing Broadway between West 117th and 118th Streets, commemorates “the Battle of Harlem Heights, won by Washington’s troops on this site, September 16, 1776.” George Washington later wrote of the skirmish, “This little advantage has inspired our troops prodigiously.” 

A gift of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, the plaque was installed in 1897, the year the campus was inaugurated.












Rockefeller Center ice skating rink opens October 8th

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While balmy October weather might help us forget the changing seasons, on the heels of fall holiday excitement comes the winter fun of ice skating outdoors. And that most iconic of ice skating venues, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, opens this Monday, October 8 in MidtownManhattan.

Steps from Times Square, The Rink is a classic New York City tradition whether you’re a novice, a pro, or just want to book some ice time with a special someone. As always, The Rink will be open for general admission skaters (no advance reservations are accepted) and taking reservations for its “wintertime experiences” like an engagement on ice and various VIP packages. Performances are on the calendar, too: On Monday, October 8, members of the Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlem kick off the season at 9 A.M.

The Rink will be open daily from 8:30 A.M. until Midnight through Easter Sunday. Standard tickets are $25 until November 3; weekend tickets are $28 before hitting the peak holiday price of $33 on November 21. Find out more here.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located at 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.



Renzo Piano unveils his third and final building at Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus

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Sixteen years after Columbia University president Lee Bollinger announced the development of the school’s $6.3 billion 17-acre Manhattanville campus, he joined Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano to celebrate and unveil the third and final building of the starchitect’s ensemble in West Harlem. Previously, Piano completed the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the adjacent Lenfest Center for the Arts, and today he marked the completion of the Forum, the ship-like structure that peaks at the triangular intersection of Broadway and West 125th Street. The 56,000-square-foot building will serve as a flexible meeting and conference hub, and like its siblings, was purposefully designed with a transparent, public ground floor surrounded by plazas.

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) previously described the structure as “a ship levitating above the light and transparent urban layer.” Yesterday, the architect elaborated on his inspirations, saying he drew from “the neighborhood’s industrial vocabulary, as you see for example with the exposed structural elements.” He described the buildings as “new kinds of machines for doing scientific research, for presenting the arts, and now, with The Forum, for bringing people together and communicating.”

Ironically, it is this industrial past that has garnered the Manhattanville development the most criticism, with many feeling that the school’s decision to raze the area’s former warehouses, dairy plants, tenements, and gas stations was insensitive, ultimately leading to the displacement of an estimated 5,000 people. In 2007,  the City Council passed a rezoning, the Special Manhattanville Mixed Use District, to allow for new commercial and residential development in a former manufacturing district.

However, in yesterday’s presentation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who has her office down the block on 125th Street and who voted in favor of the development, applauded the new campus for what she feels is an inevitable neighborhood revitalization brought on by the influx of faculty, students, and family. Likewise, President Bollinger has said that the Manhattanville campus will result in roughly $6.3 billion in local investment, stemming from the fact that the university paid $578 million to minority-, women-, and locally owned firms for construction work between 2012 and 2017. As 6sqft reported last year:

After the university faced a series of legal battles and backlash from the community, they agreed to invest $160 million into the community to set up programs that would benefit local residents. This includes allocating $76 million for housing, employment, education, transportation, arts and culture and community facilities. Plus, $20 million will be put towards an affordable housing fund and $4 million for legal assistance for housing issues. Columbia has also committed $18 million for development and maintenance of West Harlem Piers Park.

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The upper-floor offices and conference rooms will initially be used be two University-wide programs. The first, Columbia World Projects, is “a new initiative that aims to bring university research systematically out into the world,” and the other is the Obama Foundation Scholars, “a year-long academic and civic leadership program designed to strengthen the expertise and knowledge of individuals with a demonstrated ability to be transformative leaders.”

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Perhaps the most major component of the Forum is the 437-seat auditorium, which carries over the building’s signature orange color scheme. Since this is the largest volume of the structure and needed to be opaque, it is housed in the prefabricated concrete “bow” of the building.

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In terms of Piano’s other buildings in his Manhattanville ensemble, the Lenfest Center for the Arts is a 60,000-square-foot building that provides presentation spaces for Columbia’s School of the Arts, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, and the 10,000-square-foot Small Square for outdoor performances, rehearsals, and gatherings.

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The 450,000-square-foot Jerome L. Green Science Center houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, the Community Wellness Center which provides free services for neighborhood residents, and the Education Lab, where free Saturday Science classes and events are held in partnership with the mobile science lab BioBus.

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Also rising on the Manhattanville campus are a pair of buildings for Columbia Business School–the Henry R. Kravis Building and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, they are currently under construction one block north of Renzo’s trio.  DSR recently completed the 
Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building further north at the Medical Center. 

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The Manhattanville campus is the largest capital project undertaken by Columbia since its landmark Morningside Heights campus, designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1896. In total, it occupies 17 acres, stretching from 125th to 133rd Streets and from either side of Broadway to 12th Avenue. When completed in 2030 it will house 17 new buildings.

“The Forum completes the spectacular triad of the first buildings on this new kind of urban campus, which reflects not only modern design, but modern values about how we can mutually benefit our local communities – defined by a visual openness and civic function that welcomes everyone in to participate in what only a truly great university can do,” said President Bollinger.

Lord & Taylor will end its 104-year run with a massive sale and just two holiday windows

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At the beginning of next year, Lord & Taylor will close its Fifth Avenue flagship after a 104-year run. Owner Hudson’s Bay Co. sold the 676,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance building to WeWork for $850 million a year ago in an attempt to keep the department store brand afloat. With just a few months left at their storied location, Lord & Taylor will launch on Thursday a final “store closing” sale that will last through the holidays, according to the Post. And speaking of the holidays, they’ve also decided that instead of their normal six window displays between 38th and 39th Streets, they’ll only decorate two this holiday season.


The original plan was that WeWork (now Manhattan’s largest private office tenant) would relocate its global headquarters to the building but leave Lord & Taylor with 105,000 square feet. Hudson Bay’s stock price fell by more than a third between 2016 and 2017, and after the building sale, they continued to struggle to maintain profitability, leading to the decision to entirely close their flagship. “Exiting this iconic space reflects Lord & Taylor’s increasing focus on its digital opportunity and HBC’s commitment to improving profitability,” Hudson’s Bay said in a statement last year. Interestingly, the company will keep its 45 other Lord & Taylor locations open.

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The decision to keep a small window display will “celebrate the Lord & Taylor brand and say ‘Thank You’ to New York for the decades of loyal business,” the company told the Post.




5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

By Kasia Pilat

LESLIE JONES at Carolines on Broadway (Sept. 7-8, 7:30 and 10 p.m.). A riotous “Saturday Night Live” regular with an equally riotous Twitter feed, Ms. Jones is an enthusiastic performer on- and offstage, whether she’s sharing her passion for the Olympics and live-tweeting reality television or airing her thoughts on dating and “Hidden Figures” on “Weekend Update.” Ms. Jones will be imparting her infectious energy to the crowd as she continues her run of solo performances at Carolines this weekend.
212-757-4100, carolines.com

‘LAUGH EXCHANGE LIVE’ at Littlefield (Sept. 8, 8 p.m.). HQ Trivia, which brings together large groups of people for the chance to win very small sums of money, rose quickly in popularity and earned the label of “best worst thing on the internet,” according to the New York Times critic Amanda Hess. Laugh Exchange, which launches in October, is reminiscent of HQ, mainly in that it’s also an app and you can also win money on it: Contestants submit comedy material that the audience votes on to determine who wins. To promote Laugh Exchange, Littlefield will host 48 comics, including Ophira Eisenberg, Negin Farsad and Shalewa Sharpe, for one minute of stand-up apiece.
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‘LITERARY DEATH MATCH’ at Littlefield (Sept. 12, 8 p.m.). The comedian Jordan Klepper, who served as the eponymous frontman of the late-night satire program “The Opposition With Jordan Klepper,” will return to the network at some point in early 2019 with a new show. Meanwhile, Mr. Klepper takes time to judge this competition, part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, in which four authors compete by performing a reading. Two are selected to move on to the final round, in which they compete for the “Literary Death Match” crown.
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‘LITPROV’ at Symphony Space (Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.). Brooklyn is fertile ground for fresh and innovative comedy in New York, and storied clubs can be found downtown, but this new series expands the city’s offerings to the Upper West Side. Bringing together literature and laughter, LitProv invites authors to read some of their work while comedians do improv inspired by it. This time, the authors include Joseph Fink (“Welcome to Night Vale”) and Melissa Broder (“So Sad Today”), while one of the comedians is Dulcé Sloan from “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”
212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org

‘WHIPLASH’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW at the Bell House (Sept. 11, 8 p.m.). This long-running stand-up showcase has been running for so long that on Tuesday it will celebrate a decade of existence. The series, which moved to Union Hall earlier this year, does not typically announce its acts beforehand, but it has for this particular show, and the lineup is reliably packed with top-notch comedy talent: Gary Gulman, Jo Firestone, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac and Liza Treyger, among others.
718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com




 Gary Gulman is one of several comedians helping the stand-up showcase “Whiplash” celebrate its 10th anniversary on Tuesday night at the Bell House.

Gary Gulman is one of several comedians helping the stand-up showcase “Whiplash” celebrate its 10th anniversary on Tuesday night at the Bell House.

The B and C line’s 110th Street station is back in business

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By Ameena Walker 

Good news: The Upper West Side’s Cathedral Parkway-110th Street subway station for the B and C lines has reopened and service at the station is back to normal.

Back in February, the MTA announced plans to shutter three Upper West Side subway stations and one Washington Heights station to conduct repairs as part of the MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative. The agency opted to close the stations completely to allow for the repairs to be carried out quicker and safer. The 110th Street station closed on April 9 and crews repaired the station’s structural steel, repaired concrete on platforms, and performed waterproofing. A series of station enhancements, such as new railings, replaced platform edges and stair treads; new tiling, a new turnstile area, brighter lighting, a new customer dashboard, and digital signage was also added.

The revamped station made its debut on Sunday, September 2 and service in both directions returned at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

In a press release, the agency touted that the subway station managed to reopen “on time and on budget,” both things to celebrate when it comes to the beleaguered subway system. “We’re thrilled to be returning this station to the community in better condition than it’s been in for decades, with critical structural repairs performed and brand new features that will make planning and taking trips with us easier and more convenient than ever,” said New York City Transit President Andy Byford in a statement, who was also present at the reopening of the station.

Here’s a look at the revamped 110th Street subway stop in all its glory, and to see more, head on over to the MTA’s Flickr page:

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Le Dîner en Blanc – New York

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On September 17th, something spectacular is going to happen in New York City. Thousands of people, strangers and friends alike, dressed head-to-toe in chic white attire, will convene at a secret public location to dance and dine the night away for the eighth annual Dîner en Blanc.

New York was the first U.S. city to host a Dîner en Blanc, a global event now celebrated in eighty cities spanning thirty countries all over the world. Four international cities that joined the party this year include Toowoomba (Australia), South Georgian Bay and Trois-Rivières (Canada), and Madrid (Spain). The first Dîner en Blanc took place in Paris in 1988 with a small group of friends hosted by François Pasquier. For the 30th anniversary in Paris in this June, a record-breaking 17,000 guests showed up for the party at Esplanade des Invalides. This year will be the largest New York event so far with an expected crowd of 6,500 guests. Previous Le Dîner en Blanc events in New York City have taken place at Hudson River ParkBattery Park City’s Nelson A. Rockefeller ParkRobert Wagner Park, and Lincoln Center. The iconic location of the event is not revealed until the last minute. 

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The grandiosity of the event is further enhanced by the creative and lavish attire and table settings that guests bring. It is not uncommon to see fantastical hats, string lights, fairy wings, silk tuxedos, dapper sailor suits or powdered wigs. The elaborate white table centerpieces and place settings that accompany each guests’ own specially curated meals have featured miniature carousels, birds in white cages and paper lanterns affixed with LED lights and candelabras!

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In an exciting first this year, renowned Iron Chef and Michelin Star recipient restaurateur Marc Forgione will be curating four special picnic baskets for guests in New York who order through Le Dîner en Blanc. Forgione opened Restaurant Marc Forgione in 2008 and multiple locations of his modern steakhouse, American Cut. He won season 3 of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” at just 31 years old, making him the youngest winner in the show’s history and is currently one of the Iron Chefs on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” His father Larry Forgione is a culinary legend who revolutionized American-style cooking in the ’70s and ’80s.

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The spontaneity, secrecy, and scale of this elegant dinner is what makes it exciting. Le Dîner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued by friends and friends of friends who have participated in the past. Another means of attending is via the often-extensive wait lists in each city. Guests can register for the waitlist now at newyork.dinerenblanc.com/register. Once again, Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young will serve as a group leader! 

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Le Dîner en Blanc – New York gratefully acknowledges Champagne Jacquart and The Knot as the official local partners of the 8th edition of Le Dîner en Blanc in New York City as well as Luxury RetreatsSofitel and ONEHOPE as the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc U.S. national partners. Linda Davis and Kaitlin Davi of The Davis Group return this summer as the host for Le Dîner en Blanc – New York, along with co-hosts Christine Tripoli of Looking Glass Events Group and Peter Kohlmann of PEK Productions. Davis, who serves as host in four U.S. cities, says the Big Apple holds a special place in her heart. She explains, “Le Dîner en Blanc first debuted in New York before expanding to other U.S. cities and guests here have developed an extraordinarily passionate bond with the event. They bring a glamour and elegance­­­—along with preparing amazing repasts—that make this an incomparable night in New York. I am thrilled to be a part of such a magical evening again.”

 

Minetta Brook Walk with Steve Duncan

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Join urban explorer Steve Duncan as he shows us the Minetta's 1.5-mile buried path and explains the waterway functioning both today and in the past. He’ll point out the secret code on manhole covers, tell you what their placement means, and how different engravings indicate what lies beneath the city. On the walk, you can peer into ventilation holes and manhole covers to get a glimpse of the underground waterways. Afterward, you may never walk the city's streets again without wondering what lies beneath.

DATE AND TIME

Thu, September 27, 2018

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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LOCATION

First Presbyterian Church

12 West 12th Street 

New York, NY 10011 

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The complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

All the world’s a stage this summer at the time-honored tradition of Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park

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Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration. But Shakespeare in the Park’s popularity means that tickets aren’t easy to come by. Only the most perseverant will be able to secure seats. Here’s our guide to navigating the system.

What is Shakespeare in the Park?

Created by the late Joseph Papp in 1962, the Public Theater's series offers free, large-scale productions of works by William Shakespeare (as well as the occasional musical or non-Shakespearean drama). The productions often feature some of the most talented actors of our day. Past casts have included including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.

What is being performed this season?

Othello is playing May 29 through June 24, 2018, in a production directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Twelfth Night is playing July 17 through August 19, 2018, directed by Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

When is Shakespeare in the Park?

Shakespeare in the Park runs from May 29 through August 19, 2018. With few exceptions, performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm.

How do I get there?

The easiest way to get to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is to enter at 81st Street and Central Park West. Take the B or C train to 81st St–Museum of Natural History.

When should I go?

If possible, shoot for the first week of performances—seats are always in greater supply early in the run of a show, before reviews and word of mouth have pushed up demand for tickets. Another good way to increase your odds, paradoxically, is to attend on days when bad weather is predicted. The Public hates canceling Shakespeare in the Park, so the show will go on even if it is drizzling; often, performances will take breaks if it gets too rainy, then resume when the downpour subsides. Open umbrellas are not allowed during performances, so be sure to bring a poncho. (Tickets for rained-out shows are not exchangeable.)

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How can I get tickets?

Check out our handy instructions on how to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

Are there other productions of Shakespeare in New York parks?

Indeed there are, all over the city. For details, check out our guide to free outdoor theater in the summer.

Venue name: Delacorte Theater

Contact: 

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Address: Central Park, enter at Central Park West and 81st St
New York
10023 

Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History

Price: tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance. Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery

Event website: http://shakespeareinthepark.org

 

The best pop-up food markets coming to New York City BY DEVIN GANNON

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Although it seems like winter may never end, the opening dates have been released for many of New York City’s seasonal pop-up markets, finally signaling the start of warmer weather. This spring, try standbys like Smorgasburg, Broadway Bites, and the Hester Street Fair. Or check out under-the-radar, but just as tasty, pop-ups like the Red Hook Food Vendors and LIC Flea & Food. To make it easy to taste test the endless options offered up, we’ve put together a list of 11 pop-up food markets coming to the city this season.

Manhattan

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 Broadway Bites
Greeley Square, Midtown

Summer market runs May 2- June 15

Urbanspace NYC operates both public year-round food halls (like Urbanspace Vanderbilt and Urbanspace 570) as well as a few pop-up food markets in Manhattan. Wedged between 32nd and 33rd Street, Broadway Bites opens daily during the summer and fall and includes some of the city’s most beloved vendors. Last season, the pop-up brought Jicama California Street Food, Red Hook Lobster Roll, Domo Taco, and more. While the market squeezes onto a small parcel of land, there is definitely no shortage of high-quality, yummy snacks. The summer market kicks off May 2 and will be open from 11 am to 9 pm.

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 Mad. Sq. Eats
Worth Square, Flatiron District

Spring market runs May 5- June 1

Mad. Sq. Eats, a semi-annual culinary market, will pop up just in front of the Flatiron Building between 24th and 25th Streets starting May 5. Operated in partnership between the Madison Square Park Conservancy and Urbanspace, Mad. Sq. Eats brings classic vendors like Roberta’s and Gotham Poké to the historic neighborhood, as well as impressive newbies. Last fall, flavorful favorites like Chick’n Cone, KBBQ by Korilla, Renegade Vice Parlour and Gumbo Bros set up shop. This spring we’re expecting the same, if not even tastier, goodies. Mad. Sq. Eats operates daily from 11 am to 9 pm.

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 Urbanspace Garment District
Broadway and 40th, Midtown West
Spring market runs June 4- July 13

This spring foodies in Midtown will be able to enjoy Urbanspace’s Garment District pop-up, a market serving up delectable goodies beginning June 4. Last summer, the market, located between 39th and 40th Streets, featured a beer garden as well as well-known vendors like Croton Reservoir Tavern, Coney Shack, La Sonrisa Empanada and more.

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9th Avenue International Food Festival
Ninth Avenue between 42nd Street and 57th Street, Midtown West
May 19 & May 20

Stretching fifteen blocks along Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue, this international food festival calls itself the oldest and largest food market in the city. The two-day only event will feature food from around the world, more than 60 booths of artwork, children’s rides and live performances. This year, vendors will sell jerk chicken, cheese curds, fried Oreos, empanadas, pot stickers and much more. Check out the endless dining options on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

Brooklyn

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Smorgasburg
90 Kent Ave in Williamsburg and East Drive at Lincoln Road in Prospect Park

Opens March 31 in Williamsburg & April 1 in Prospect Park

As the largest weekly open-air food market in the U.S., Smorgasburg has evolved into a real institution in Brooklyn. With two locations, Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, the market offers something for all taste buds, with over 100 vendors and plenty of Instagram-worthy dishes. Last season, Smorgasburg welcomed new vendors like Baked Cheese Haus, Ube Kitchen and Destination Dumplings.

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Red Hook Food Vendors
Red Hook Recreation Fields, Red Hook

Runs from the end of April to end of October

Craving authentic Latin American food? Head to the seasonal pop-up run by the Red Hook Food Vendors, a group of Vendy Award-winning food truck chefs and merchants that set up at the ball fields in the Brooklyn neighborhood. As the marketplace’s 44th year of operation, expect perfected traditional dishes like pupusas from El Olomega and horchatas and aquas frescas from Vaquero. At the end of April, the market will open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm until the end of October.

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Queens International Night Market
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturdays, April 21st- Aug 18 and Sept. 29- Oct 27th

Since 2015, the Queens International Night Market has celebrated the borough’s diversity with over 100 independent food and art vendors. Even better, food is capped at $5 or $6. Mouth-watering offerings include pork and duck buns at C Bao, ramly burger from the Malaysian Project and Japanese rice flour crepes from Tswirl. There is also a fenced-in beer and wine garden. Held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the spring market starts up Saturday, April 21st, from 6 pm to 12 am.