On the East River Ferry: Please Touch the Art at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The East River Ferry

The East River Ferry. Source: eastriverferry.com

The second coolest thing about living on the water? The hands-down best deal on river boat rides is outside your door. (The #1 coolest thing is the views, of course.) While tourists pay hundreds of dollars to circle the East River on a crowded boat, New Yorkers in the know hop the East River Ferry for little more than the price of a subway fare. With the E. 34th Street ferry terminal just steps from the north end of Waterside Plaza, it only makes sense to introduce our new blog series On the East River Ferry, covering the best Summer 2015 events at each stop. First up: Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art, which opened last weekend at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2006

Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2006. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing Source: publicartfund.org

One of Denmark’s most celebrated artists, Jeppe Hein brings his whimsical, inclusive aesthetic to our city’s most inclusive public place–the New York City park. We’re betting Appearing Rooms (pictured above) will be his most popular installation, and for good reason, since it really lets you kid out, moving from space to space as jets of water rise and fall around you. But there are 18 installations total scattered throughout the park, and if you find them all, you can tweet/gram your completed hunt to @PublicArtFund #PleaseTouchTheArt to receive a prize!

eppe Hein Mirror, Labyrinth NY, 2015  Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing.

Jeppe Hein Mirror, Labyrinth NY, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Another sure-favorite for those of us forever in love with this city is Mirror Labyrinth NY, a stainless steel installation mirroring New York City. There is also a series of Modified Social Benches (below), which reinvents the concept of the park bench as a graceful, looping social adventure–which really, every park visit should be. Of course, there’s tons more to do at Brooklyn Bridge Park, including plenty of good eating nearby in DUMBO so go ahead and make a day of it and stay tuned to our ongoing events coverage–no doubt we’ll be back in Brooklyn soon.

Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench NY #06, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench NY #06, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Your Summer Fitness Solution: Swim & Health Club Membership Special (Act Before June 1)

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You can’t really say the gym is “too far.” Your summer fitness solution is outside your door–join the Waterside Swim & Health Club before June 1, 2015 to save on an annual membership, and receive a free manicure and 50% discount on Xia Spa‘s heavenly Signature Facial. Call the Club at 212 340 4225 to learn more about the Club’s features below.

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The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

Senses of Springtime: Celebrate India! at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Our favorite thing about New York? Everything and everyone is here…and nowhere can you see that better than at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which presents its latest global festival, Senses of Springtime: Celebrate India! this Sunday, May 17, 1-5PM. The Met has partnered with some of the best organizations in the city to bring you an immersive experience that includes a real Bollywood dance workshop, traditional music from sitarist Neel Mugai and tabla master Shivalik Ghoshal, Indian cooking with Iron Chef Jehangir Meht, and, of course, incredible art–special exhibition Sultans of Deccan, India: Opulence and Fantasy is on view until July 26, 2015. There will also be a special 3D architecture experience in conjunction with The Children’s Museum of Manhattan so bring the family–it’s a great way to introduce the kids to the world.

Mother's Day Gifting on the Plaza

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What does a hardworking Mom want for Mother’s Day? Probably just some TLC and a nice break! Give your Mom the love you can’t buy at our Community Center with Kids’ Paper Flower Bouquet making TODAY, Wednesday, May 6, 1-3PM, and Mother’s Day Card building with a professional card maker tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, 1-3PM.

And for some love you can buy? Nothing beats the divine Signature Facial at Waterside’s luxury day spa, Xia Spa–available at a 20% discount this month. Xia Spa has gift certificates available for all services and are open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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Waterside Residents: How You Can Help The Nepal Disaster Relief Effort

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As many of you know, on April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 7,500 people and injured more than 14,500. In the aftermath of this disaster, global aid organizations are accepting much-needed donations to provide immediate shelter,  food/water supplies, and combat the serious risk of disease outbreaks in the region.

If you’re a member of the Waterside Plaza community who’d like to contribute, you can see a comprehensive list of organizations accepting donations below as well as on our buildings’ kiosks. Our thoughts go out to the Nepalese residents at Waterside Plaza.Nepal_Relief_Info_2015_JPG

 

Empire State Building Lights Up For the New Whitney Museum

Western skyline from Waterside Plaza

Empire State Building in the Western skyline, Waterside Plaza

Watersiders, make sure to turn your eye to the Empire State Building tonight at 8PM for a one-night-only light show! If you’re not in a Western facing apartment, go to a neighbor’s house because you’re not going to want to miss this! The Whitney Museum of American Art celebrates the opening day of its new building in the Meatpacking district AND the eighty-fourth anniversary of the Empire State with a LED light show inspired by 12 of the Whitney’s iconic artworks.

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Whitney Museum/Empire State light show featured artworks

An interpretation of each of the twelve artworks, including pieces from Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Andy Warhol, will light up the city for thirty minutes each, with the show ending at 2AM on Saturday, May 2. A special viewing of the event will be held 8-10PM at the New Whitney tonight as well–or you could catch the show from or near Waterside and avoid the crowds. Happy Friday and Happy Anniversary to our city’s iconic beacon!

Empire State Building from Waterside Plaza.

Empire State Building from Waterside Plaza. Credit: @ekerahmetserdar on Instagram

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanical Garden: NYC's Best Japanese Cultural Festival

Sakura Matsuri. Photo: Flickr, Wesley Rosenblum. Source: Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Sakura Matsuri. Photo: Flickr, Wesley Rosenblum. Source: Brooklyn Botanical Garden

One of the best New York City springtime experiences and may be of especial interest to Waterside’s vibrant international community, is the Sakura Matsuri Japanese cultural festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Held this weekend, April 25-26, 10AM – 6PM, the festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with events such as Taiko Drumming, Samurai Sword Fighting, Tea Ceremonies, Manga Drawing, and more–all under the beautiful blossoming cherry trees of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It’s an especially great way to introduce kids to one aspect of the kaleidoscope of cultures that is New York City. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students 12+ with valid I.D.. and free for children under 12.

Treat Yourself: Luxury Mani-Pedi & Massage Specials at Xia Spa

xia spa deals april 2015 Three reasons to get a spa manicure and pedicure today: 1) the weather is beautiful, 2) you can finally show off your hands and feet 2) It’s #TuesdayTreat day! Go on and treat yourself.

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments.

April 2015 Complimentary Health Club Class: Therapeutic Yoga

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This month at the Health Club, non-members (including the public) are invited to try Therapeutic Yoga for free, Fridays at 10:30AM. Especially effective for those recovering from injury or illness, Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported poses), guided meditation and massage.

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

3 Things To Do In Gramercy Park This Weekend

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The cast of Mad Men at their glamorous best. Source: boston.com

It’s so hard to say goodbye but it’s easier with a cocktail. Bid farewell to the most stylish show on TV at Gramercy Park’s most glamorous historic club, The Players, with an exclusive Mad Men Cocktail Party to celebrate the show’s final season, featuring live 1960s-era music, classic burlesque, and best of all, a “classic cocktail menu made from unopened bottles of vintage 1960′s liquor used as props on the set of Mad Men.” Can you think of a better way to channel Don Draper than sipping a 50-year-old rye? Tickets are selling fast so buy soon. Fri, Apr 10; 7pm. $65 general admission/$105 VIP. The Players Club; 16 Gramercy Park South (btwn 19th-20th St).

Olga Pericet Flamenco

Olga Pericet performing her energetic choreography. Source: famayfortuna.com

There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Repertorio Español, but this neighborhood cultural institution harks back to the days of Mad Men itself. Established in Gramercy Park in 1968 to bring the most exciting Spanish and Hispanic American performance to New York City, the newest Repertorio production “Flamenco Untitled” by rising Spanish flamenco star Olga Pericet is a prime example. Lauded for her “fierce energy” and “hypnotic choreography,” Pericet is likely to electrify both flamenco veterans and novices alike. Buy tickets. Until Sun, Apr 26; times vary. Starting at $35. Repertorio Español, 138 E 27th St (btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave).

 MurderFist Comedy

The crew of MurderFist. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times. Source: nytimes.com

A total change of pace but one of the best in their game, TimeOut calls the comedy group Murderfist at The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater), “as punk as sketch comedy gets.” It’s hard for sketch comedy acts to stand out in Gramercy Park, the unofficial improv comedy capital of NYC, abounding with great comedy clubs like the The Pit, but Murderfist’s loud, raw, weird show has no problem distinguishing itself from the fold. Just leave the kids at home. $10 General/$1Student. Sat, Apr 11; 11pm. Peoples Improv Theater; 123 E 24th St. (btwn Irving & Park Aves).