NYC – How many, of you, have missed seeing this  38 foot tall dog?

Unveiled in July 2018, her name is Spot and is a three-story-high statue of a Dalmatian puppy, balancing a real New York City yellow cab precariously on its nose.

Right now, you cannot see that she has a playful grin as she is wearing a purple mask.

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The taxi cab is wired so that its headlights illuminate Spot when it gets dark. When it rains, the cab’s wipers turn on

The permanent piece is located outside the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital within NYU Langone’s Kimmel Pavilion at 34th Street and First Avenue.

Creator Donald Lipski was inspired by his belief that art has healing powers.

“I wanted to make something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see it as an old friend,”

Donald Lipski, has done multiple pieces of public artworks across the country and in NYC, including a suite of sculptures that hang over the entrance of the La Guardia High School for Music and Art (made from musical instruments, costumes and ballet slippers).

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Note: My oldest grandson graduated from LaGuardia Performing Arts High School. I always admired these pieces of art, now I know who created them.

NYC – Gone, to auction, are rare Muhammed Ali sports memorabilia.

 

On October 5th, one of my favorite auction houses – Bonham’s on Park Avenue will auction rare and important artifacts relating to the history of boxing, baseball and other sports…

The main focus of the collection are sketches and paintings by boxer Muhammad Ali. Who knew he loved to draw between fights?

The drawings, on display, many of them in cartoon style reflect Ali’s interest in religion and social justice, but there were also some that picture him in the ring. Ali’s passion for drawing was little known, but he liked to sketch as a way of unwinding after a fight or training.

In addition to the above there were other rare sporting memorabilia related to some of the greatest boxers and baseball players of all time!

 

 

 

 

A reminder that Auction Houses like Bonham’s, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Philips’ place collections on public display. They are free to visit and three of them are convenient to midtown.

The staff welcomes you with a smile and all you have to do is ask if there are any open exhibits.

 

Autumn in Central Park

ThomBradley

This blog is from the Central Park Conservatory

“It has been said that Central Park is most beautiful in autumn, when the leaves turn into a light show of golds, browns and shades of red that can only be found in Mother Nature. Just as in spring, when the trees come alive with color, fall is a feast for the eyes and a photographer’s delight. Leaves change color early fall due to shortened daylight and colder temperatures, typically beginning in October and continuing into early November.”

.Read the rest of this article about some of the popular places in the park

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NYC – Museum of the Dog

The Smithsonian had a day where it was free admission to several museums throughout the country and free is always good for me! I have passed the museum, several times, and decided this was the day to visit. So here I am at the Museum of the Dog in NYC.

The museum has beautiful dog-themed fine art, statues, a full library of all things dog, and other exhibits! There is even a fun interactive program to see what dog you are! I found the exhibition spaces to be outstanding. I had plenty of room to look around and the exhibits seemed like they were surrounding you. If you are a dog lover then, you will be in heaven.


There are a few interactive stations. What breed of dog you would be, then try the digital board with information about all the different breeds.

There is also a small library and coloring station. The majority of the museum is paintings, statues, and glass dogs. I wish there were more interactive parts to the museum.



The staff is extremely friendly and so happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. There is also a cute gift shop for the dog-lover in your life.

Buy your tickets in advance online as reservations are required. Be sure to choose the Furry Friday option and add the dog ticket too! When you arrive in-person, you must sign a waiver for your dog.

The first Friday of every month is Furry Friday and leashed-dogs are allowed to join you at the museum between 6-8pm. Fee: $15

I would recommend a visit to any dog lover

Web page: here

Austrian Cultural Forum – a few steps from 5th avenue and Rockefeller Center

Have you ever been to the Austrian Cultural Forum at 11 east 52nd Street? 

First cartoon published in the New Yorker

Many times during the year, they have excellent exhibits. Also, it is convenient 5th Avenue. It’s In a small building, with lots of glass, that houses exhibition spaces, a theater, a library for books and audio recordings, offices, seminar and reception rooms. Often, you will find something new and interesting.

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I have never found it overcrowded and the gallery spaces makes for a relaxed visit. The staff is almost invisible but easy to find.

Here are samples from a recent exhibition.

Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges feature work by three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria, the so-called “Anschluss” in 1938. The exhibition showcases examples of their signature work in comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats.

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If near the Rockefeller Center area, I would put it on my list to, at least, peek inside. All events are free.

A reminder that many gallery’s and museums require timed-entry and a VAC card. So bring your cellphone. Note: many also allow walk-ins. So if you find a place that looks interesting go in and ask if they accept walk-ins.

Phone: (212) 319-5300

Is there a Panther and Indian Hunter in Central Park?

After so much heat and humidity, it was a good day to re-visit Central Park. I am always up for a challenge and a good reason to take a walk, I set out to find two American West sculptures.

I decided to start with The Indian Hunter, which is at mid-park at east 66th Street. It is on a pathway west of the Mall and to the east of Sheep Meadow.

The Indian Hunter

The artist (John Quincy Ward) successfully captured a wide range of textural variety—from the roughness of the dog’s fur and the animal pelt wrapped around the hunter’s waist to the smooth polish of the figure’s skin and the softness of his hair. Certainly, depicts a western subject.

Statues of  Baldo and the newest Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument are very close. While they are not American West, they should not be missed.

Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument. celebrates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. It is  the very first statue in Central Park dedicated to real women — suffragists and women’s rights activists Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony.
Balto was dedicated to the sled dogs that led several dogsled teams through a snow-storm in the winter of 1925 in order to deliver medicine that would stop a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska

Heading  north to the Bethesda Terrace and the Loeb Boathouse, Good place for a bathroom break and maybe a snack, we find an unrelated but often overlooked little sculpture – The Rowers

It commemorates philanthropists Carl and Adeline Loeb, who donated the Loeb Boathouse.

This block-like piece, which features a cross-section of deep water looming underneath two seemingly unsuspecting boaters.

A short walk along East Drive (the eastern leg of the “loop”) to find, perched atop a rocky outcrop on the west side of East Drive at 76th Street is Edward Kemeys’ Still Hunt. This may be the only sculpture that is not on a pedestal.

Still Hunt – Panther

This life size statue depicts a crouching panther, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting passerby

Park Rangers have said, “there are probably generations of New York City children who have grown up thinking that there are wildcats in the park.”

Hopefully, along the way you took time to explore and enjoy the park. You are now at east 76th Street. It is a short walk south east to the Alice Wonderland sculpture and the Conservatory Pond ( sometimes you can rent a miniature sailboat – lots of fun!.

Going North you have the Metropolitan Museum and the Reservoir (great view of west side for photos)

Note: the start of this route is near the Zoo. And the end is near Bethesda Terrace. Close is the Metropolitan Museum.  I figure that the walk is about ½ mile one-way mostly on flat surface. Exception: some stairs at the Bethesda terrace . (There are bathrooms here as you go down the mail stairs)

NYC City at NIght

Urban Mountains: New York City is a very visual place to visit… plenty to see and do.  Here are a few photos from places higher than ground-level – imagine yourself here in NYC during the evening.

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NEW YORK CITY   It has been called the “City that never sleeps!”

What may be missing at the 2020 (Olympic Games

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At every Olympics, away from the hordes of cheering spectators and the athletes competing for medals, pin enthusiasts lay out dozens of badges on corkboards or soft cloth in hopes of making a trade. But with overseas spectators banned and delegations asked to stay in a safe coronavirus “bubble”, Tokyo 2020 will be different.

The tradition of trading in the metal keepsakes that represent various sports, cities or competing countries has been around since the early 20th century when athletes and sports officials first swapped their lapel pins as a sign of friendship.

Here are samples of 2020 Pins being traded around the world.

Short History

  • Olympic pin trading is as much a part of the Olympics as the sports themselves.
  • Olympic pins date back to the first Summer Games in Athens in 1896.
  • Everyone from athletes to spectators to journalists all take part in the pin trading tradition.
  • Knowledgeable pin traders said the most coveted pin from the London 2012 Olympics was one that featured a tiny Pikachu.

The pins, about the size of a coin, are these days mostly produced by media and sponsors and given to their staff. The rarest can fetch hundreds of dollars on auction websites.

Here are some sets that are part of our family’s collection. I snuck in a World Series set just happen to have Boston pin.

Poster House – East 23rd Street

The Poster House located on 119 W 23rd Street is a small museum that 0ften has some unique poster exhibitions. It is just a few blocks west of the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park. Nearby is the Leggo store and Eataly( eating place) and many stores.

This months exhibition highlights austrian graphics artist julius klinger. He was a leader in commercial visual designs. I really had no interest in his work but, for free, I enjoyed the visit.

This is one of the places in NYC that you should know exists. However, you should check their web site first to see if the current exhibition is something you would like. . The normal entrance fee is 12 dollars but during the year they have “free days”.

So, put this one in your Flatiron or Madison Square Park folder.

I just remembered that the Harry Potter store is now open near the flatiron building Read this article here to get needed information.

2021 NYC Summer – Ice Cream

This is a summary of an article in “Time Out” By Time Out contributors and Amber Sutherland-Namako

A link to their full article is at the end of this summary.

Every summer thousands of people visit Manhattan and the boroughs. Most come to see the sites and enjoy the liveliness that is NYC. When it is hot and tired what’s better than cooling off with delicious Ice Cream.

Here are few from the article that were of interest to me. The several selected are not from mid-town rather they were selected for their uniqueness. In the major article you will find a wider selection to choose from.

Musket Room in NoLIta is serving house made ice cream sandwiches from its takeout window on weekends from noon to 4pm.

You can choose from a vegan coconut caramel cookie with coconut ice cream, a chocolate chip cookie with miso ice cream and a hazelnut macaron with blackberry.

Ready to taste these incredible ice cream sandwiches? They’re just $8 apiece and will be available through the summer. 265 Elizabeth St. (near E Houston S

 Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

A family-run Chinatown institution for more than 40 years, this popular scoop shop sells durian, pandani, red bean and other lesser-seen ice cream varieties. The place is compact, so plan on taking this perfect treat for a walk through the neighborhood. 65 Bayard St. A block away from Columbus Park

Sundaes and Cones

The shop doesn’t try to wow you with an Instagram able interior design or toppings like edible glitter; instead, it sells wasabi, black sesame, ginger and other flavors you won’t find just anywhere. East village. 95 E 10th St A little north of Astor Square and St Mark’s

 Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Full range of scoop flavors (chocolate, honeycomb, Sicilian pistachio)—churned with hormone-free milk sourced from upstate cows—the environmentally conscious ice cream café serves an array of vegan options. 48 E 7th St. A little east of 2nd Ave. Close to McSorley’s Ale House

 Soft Swerve

When only soft serve will do, Soft Swerve wildly improves on some old familiars. Lower East Side 85 Allen St. Near Tenement Museum

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Quirky soft-serve creations in a cute West Village shop, emblazoned with a giant rainbow-swirled cone. 61 Grove Street. Just off Christopher St Park

 Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Industrial tasting room offers 40 flavors at a time,56 University Place. Three blocks from Washington Sq. Park.

 Davey’s Ice Cream

This colorful East Village shop is the brainchild of graphic-designer-turned-dessert-maven David Yoo, who’s churning out all-natural sweet cream-based parlor classics like salted caramel and roasted pistachio. East village 137 1st Ave. St Mark’s Place

Time Out Full Article

Remember when going to a destination in NYC, first check their website. Some stores have closed (suddenly).