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Union Square Subway Therapy Project: Leave Your Sticky Note

Curiosities City Secrets Subway Therapy Union Square Manhattan Post Its Art

New York City is an incubator for upcoming artists and inspiring ideas. Today, we are sharing more about the intriguing Union Square Subway Therapy Project that has surely called everyone’s attention! Go leave your sticky note!

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One of the reasons we love New York is because it it’s constantly booming are scene! Every day, every hour and every minute, you are able to see a new art work around town.

In addition, some of the most talented artists on the planet are based here (lucky us!), and we just love to know “what’s coming next”!

New York’s subway can be an adventure for many, but also hectic and confusing. That is to say, this week while commuting around Manhattan to our endless meetings, our eyes were immediately drawn to this fantastic, colorful, eternal wall with thousands and thousands of Post Its!

We promptly stopped to see what is was about and simply loved the idea! The Union Square Subway Therapy Project glued an infinite number of Post It’s to the subway walls.

The messages? Of Hope! Love! Life! Protesting! Defending! Inspiring! Thanking! Questioning!

“Subway Therapy is about making people smile, laugh, and feel less stress. It’s about peaceful expression and being part of a vibrant and diverse community.”

It was just so fantastic to stop and read these message. Many, of course, we resonated immediately. These were the very inspiring and loving. Others were very resentful and questioning certain relevant topics. We respect them too!

So, if you want to be part of this mural of ideas and messages, head to Union Square and leave your sticky note!

Check out their Instagram page (@SubwayTherapy) to see a bit more of what it looks like!

And, lucky us!!! This project transformed into a beautiful book!

“People have been asking me over the last few months if I will be making a book, and now I can say yes, I will be! On October 24th, 2017 people will be able to hold a piece of Subway Therapy in their hands. 

I’m very excited work with Bloomsbury and bring Subway Therapy to life in print. I started this project to help people feel less stress and connect with their community, and it is my hope that these books will inspire people to explore new pathways of expression and understanding. “

It is called “Signs of Hope: Messages From Subway Therapy” and you can buy it on Amazon, here!

Lastly, if you are an art fan and love exploring this creative universe, see what our Private Art Tours are about! We also cater for special Corporate Experiences!

www.subwaytherapy.com


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

NYC’s Iconic Empire Diner Will Reopen In Chelsea

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NYC’s iconic Empire Diner in Chelsea will reopen in November! Our friends at Untapped Cities tell us what’s going on with the iconic Empire Diner!

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We love keeping track of everything that happens to the most iconic places and businesses in New York City. As we’ve mentioned this before, we are huge fans of keeping the city’s history alive!

Our friends at Untapped Cities are great at keeping track of many of these spots and Empire Diner is one of them.

The place is scheduled to reopen in November of this year and is definitely a place work exploring. Plus, there is just so much to its story that you’ll be amazed!


“In 2015, Empire Diner, the iconic dining establishment in Chelsea, shut down after its second failed attempt at revival.

The windows of the restaurant are now covered in paper, but it’s slated to return under new management in November.

On Monday, we saw the doors open briefly with some activity inside, and we attended the liquor license hearing yesterday to get more details on the new iteration.

After 34 years of business, the original Empire Diner shut down in May 2010, when the landlords of the property refused to renew the lease.

At the time, the establishment had become the “latest hangout [for] artists, starving and otherwise,” as reported by The New Yorker. The classic rail car style diner became a poster child of the preservation movement to save the city’s vintage diners.

Today, the diner is located on the corner of 22nd St. and 10th Avenue, is one of the last free-standing diner spaces left in Manhattan.

Aside from new hours – it will now stay open until 2am – and brighter, more “friendly” decor, not much will change. The new Empire Diner returns with John DeLucie as chef.

Expect the same outdoor seating and another iteration of the classic all-American diner menu. DeLucie also tells us that because the exterior is a landmark, there will be no changes to the outside structure of the Empire Diner.”


We can’t wait for NYC’s iconic Empire Diner to come back to life!

Read the full, original post at Untapped New York and see more pictures!

For those coming to New York City or even living here, and wanting a customized tours and experiences, going through some of the most iconic and historical spots, contact us and we’ll cater it to you!

These tours have been a huge success for Corporate groups and delegations coming to New York! So, if you want to schedule an experience for your team, or wow your clients, let us assist you!


Text: Untapped New York 
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Untapped New York by Michelle Young
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Secrets And Fun Facts About Morningside Park In Harlem

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A bit a culture and history with our friends from Untapped New York! We love exploring Harlem, so here are some secrets and fun facts about Morningside Park worth sharing!

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Photo Credit: Benjamin Waldman

Every time we’ve been to Harlem, it’s been a fantastic experience. From the art and fashion scene, to all the delicious restaurants, the neighborhood is so rich and with so much to share!

Furthermore, one of their most famous parks is call Morningside Park and our friends from Untapped Cities shared a few secrets and fun facts about it!

So, come and check it out!


“Morningside Park is experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years, with booming real estate in Morningside Heights and Harlem surrounding it.

The picturesque park seems to have it all – grand landscapes, practical outdoor amenities, landmarked architecture, and commanding views.

Today, we’ll go through some of the most fun secrets and fun facts we came across while researching for a talk we gave with the Design Trust for Public Space inside Morningside Park last week.

10. Morningside Heights is Built Atop Manhattan Schist Up to 30 Million Years Old

9. Morningside Park Was Not Part of the Manhattan Street Grid

8. There Has Only Been One Road to Ever Go through Morningside Park, And It’s Long Been Lost

7. Until a Few Decades Ago, There Was a Blockhouse from 1812 in Morningside Park

6. Morningside Park Had a Vastly Different Original Plan

5. Some of NYC’s Most Famous Architects Worked on Morningside Park

4. There Used to be an Elevated Railway Next to Morningside Park

3. There Was a Massive Columbia University Protest Over a Gym in Morningside Park

2. The Remnants of the Gym Were Converted into a Pond and Waterfall

1. The Saga of the Statue of Lafayette and Washington in Morningside Park


See the original post of the Morningside Park, with many other pictures and infos!

Many of you love and are always craving for more secrets and fun facts about New York, right?

Well, to explore the area in style, contact our experts to cater a customized services and tour for you and your family & friends. For Corporate services and experiences, let our experts assist you and make the experience memorable!

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Photo Credit: Benjamin Waldman

Text: Michelle Young from UntappedCities
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Benjamin Waldman


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Benjamin Waldman for Untapped New York
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Strangers Project by Brandon Doman, so “What’s Your Story?”

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A few weeks ago we were at a Tech Startup event and ‘bumped’ into this amazing booth, where Brandon Doman was showcasing his project, called “The Strangers Project”.

The name instantly caught my attention and I stopped to learn more! The Strangers Project is a compilation of 20,000+ handwritten, anonymous and spontaneous journal entries from strangers. They share some of the most important moment in their lives.

The book is called “What’s Your Story?: True Experiences from Complete Strangers” and it’s certainly a unique piece of art to have at your home. Or even, give it as a gift to someone you love!

So, after falling in love with his project, we decided to interview Brandon. We wanted to disclose his amazing story and project.

So, here it goes:

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How did The Strangers Project start?

“Back in 2009 I was sitting outside of a coffee shop. Hundreds of people were walking by and I found myself curious about their lives. An idea crossed my mind! “What would it take to get these anonymous strangers to share something about their life with me? What might we have in common besides being strangers?”

I took a marker from my bag and the notebook wrote: “Hi There! Please stop and share your story!”

I felt a little nervous propping it up on the table at first. I had no idea how people would react. Within the first few minutes, two women stopped at my table and pointed at the sign.”

They asked me, “What are you doing?”

I told them that I wasn’t really sure yet, and then asked if they would be willing to write something about their lives in the notebook. I told them it could be anything as long as it was true… and they began to write.

This is how I started collecting stories from strangers. These stories are collected face to face in public spaces around the country with a stack of blank paper, clipboards, and a lot of pens.

During this time I’ve met tens of thousands of strangers, and so far, over 20,000 of them have handwritten stories while sitting across from me during this exploration of spontaneous intimacy.”

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What are some of the most amazing statements you’ve collected?

“This is always a hard question to answer because there are so many incredibly diverse and interesting stories that people have shared.

An important part of building the architecture of this project was creating something where people could share whatever they wanted without prompts—it’s simply a place to share, in your own words, something about your life.

They come in from all ages, all walks of life, and each end of the emotional spectrum. Some are short and silly, some are heavy and challenging, some are adventurous or exploratory.  Because of that, we end up with these stories that resonate with people for very different reasons.

Some people enjoy finding stories that share a common thread to their own experiences, others like finding ones that share views and experiences that are very different from their own. This diversity allows us to both find connection and exploration of the infinite ways our lives unfold.

I know that doesn’t exactly answer your question, but my point is: it’s best to just explore.”

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Has anything unique or surprising happened after you started this project, that you never really expected?

“I could talk about this for days. Nothing in the project is mailed in or sent in online, so that means I’ve had a chance to meet all 20,000+ people that have shared stories.

When I’m out collecting I always have hundreds of stories for people to read as well, so including the people that stop by to read, ask questions, and experience the project in other ways, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many tens of thousands of people I would have never met otherwise.

This in-person approach lends itself to all kinds of great experiences. Many people come back to read and share new stories over the years—some of them becoming good friends.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting fans from around the world who were following along online but then had a chance to find the project in the real world.

The Strangers Project has even been a part of three marriage proposals that happened through stories— one even spontaneously right on the spot.

I love being able to share the stories online, but my favorite part of the project is being able to create physical spaces for us to connect with our stories.”

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Anything else you’d like to share with us?

“Each year I try to grow the project in different ways. This fall I have some big news:

The first Strangers Project national tour and documentary. There are so many experiences I have that I can’t easily share online. And, with this new endeavor, we’re going to change that.

These stories offer a brief glimpse into the intimacies of everyday lives, bridging meaningful connections between strangers. By creating a place for stories, we create space to understand each other and ourselves.

My goal is to take these stories to new communities, and to have a film crew join along. We’re crowdfunding right now to make this happen, so I encourage you to check out our video and get involved!”


Thank you, Brandon, for taking your time to answer our questions! It was amazing to learn a bit more about this fantastic journey!

If you want to see more information, take a look here.

In addition, Brandon currently has a pop-up installation up at Fountain House Gallery with hundreds of stories on the walls. He’ll be there daily until August 25th but, most importantly, they’re having a reception and fundraiser on Tuesday,  August 23rd from 6pm – 9pm. You’ll be able to see numerous Stories alongside complimentary beverages, and more!

Lastly, if you’re a fan of buying photography books, you will probably love “The Borscht Belt: Abandoned Sites In The Catskills Region“.

Enjoy!

http://strangersproject.com
http://brandondoman.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy images
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Dana Barry: Coffee Shops In Brooklyn Can Be An Adventure

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The beauty of working out of coffee shops in Brooklyn is the possibility of meeting random strangers. It is most definitely an experience everyone should have one day! I recently met Dana Barry, a very talented illustrator!

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Today, I was working from one of the coffee shops in Williamsburg that I love spending the day! After grabbing a smoothie and approaching back to my place, a breathtaking sketchbook lying on top of my “neighbor’s” table caught my attention.

I couldn’t help myself and started talking to her! Well, you know me! I’m great at starting random conversations with stranger, and usually leave with a new friend.

Her name is Dana Barry. She was born in New York,  but lived in Cali for a while where she studied at an Art College. After some time there, she decided to come back to the East Coast. She explained that New York was more of her style, and is now living in Brooklyn.

Dana’s work is amazing and very powerful. She sketches images of people that pass through the New York subways! Sometimes, she has just a few minutes before the person jumps off at another station. So, she draws the main lines and compliments is later with her memory and creativity!

Her idea is to eventually put together this beautiful book with her sketches, showing the diversity of this crazy City. Dana explains:

“It’s a way to break all the preconceptions we have when we judge someone before even talking to them. Sometimes, a guy that might look like a hardcore drug dealer, is actually thinking good thoughts, or what he’ll be cooking his kids for dinner tonight. While a gorgeous woman wearing an expensive fur coat can be pondering on the possibility of suicide…”

We never know what goes through people’s heads, but humans are judgmental beings at a first glance, for sure.

Her work is really something! Her energy is definitely great and she’s one of these beautiful souls you just happen to stumble upon.

I’m always glad when I start these random conversation throughout my week, in the most diverse spots.

What a pleasure it was to meet her!


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A 21st Century Vision For The New York State Pavilion

Curiosities City Secrets Hanging Meadows 21st Century Vision Credit Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan

We are huge fans of following what’s going in the NY design and architecture world. See a 21st Century vision for the New York State Pavilion, named Hanging Meadows.

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Hanging Meadows. Photo Credit: Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan/National Trust for Historic Preservation

Like us, our friends at Untapped New York simply love architecture! They recently shared a cool information about the a competition. Contestants has to create a 21st Century vision for the New York State Pavilion, in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.


“In March, we announced that the National Trust for Historic Preservation would run a competition. The objective was to reimagine the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. It was originally designed by architect Philip Johnson for the 1964 World’s Fair.

The site, an iconic landmark along Grand Central Parkway, has been popular for urban explorers – as seen in photographs of the crumbling towers and of the pavilion itself.

Furthermore, steady community activism, including a documentary film, has led to numerous local and national government initiatives over the past few years. In addition, the site has been opened up on occasion to the public.

Yesterday, at the Queens Museum, the winners of the National Trust competition were announced. The designs will be on exhibit inside the museum until August 28th.

In addition, the competition was meant to be visionary. It was meant to inspire in the public and government officials the possibilities of what the New York State Pavilion could become in the 21st century.”

The First Prize Winner:

“Perhaps the most visually stunning, we can see why “Hanging Meadows” by Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan was selected. The futuristic greenhouse makes a strong contrast with the Modernist original Pavilion, futuristic for its time in the mid-20th century.

The Pavilion becomes a base to a suspended natural environment, which would contain native plants and flowers from the northeastern United States. Plus, suspended walkways would provide paths within the greenhouse structure and give views of New York City.

Below the suspended garden, there would be a new planetarium and classroom space, which leaves room for open public access on the original floor of the structure.”


This is fantastic, right?!

The project is amazing! Their creativity is certainly inspiring and we do hope that someday this monument can come to life!

So, they have our support!

For more City Secrets, continue exploring our website!


Photo Credit: Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan/National Trust for Historic Preservation
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Beautifies The New York Subway

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The city’s Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance has partnered up with 5 artists to beautify the New York Subway!

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Photo Credit: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

We all know how creepy the subways passages in New York City can be. Garbage, dirt, weird smells that you have no intention of knowing what it is. Plus, the little friendly rats are always there to entertain while we wait for the next train.

Well, the visitors and locals that are constantly passing by the tunnel that connects Broadway to 191st Street subway station are happier than ever before! This area, at the very Northern tip of Manhattan, is called Fort George.

That area has actually quite a few interesting places to visit. Plus, a few historical sights and landscapes that are gorgeous! If you are interested in heading that way, but prefer heading up with an expert tour guide, let our experts arrange this for you!

The city’s Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) selected 5 artists to help change the atmosphere there. NoMAA is a non-profit arts service organization that cultivates, supports and promotes the works of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manhattan.

Artists from all over across the globe applied for this work, but the chosen ones were mostly locals.

The final chosen names were:

  • Fernando Carlo Jr. (a.k.a. Cope 2)
  • Queens-based artist Nick Kuszyk’s
  • Andrea von Bujdoss
  • Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn from Maryland
  • and the Chilean artist Nelson Rivas

Don’t hesitate to take some time and visit the scene. And, like we said above, if you want to visit the area, but have no idea how to get there or even, where to go, let our experts organize a cool experience for you!

It’s definitely worth it!

www.nomaanyc.org


Photo Credit: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Manhattan By Woody Allen Is A Definite Must-See

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Manhattan has been scene of so many films, series and the theme in countless songs and poetries. One of the most famous films is Manhattan by Woody Allen. Definitely a must-see!

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One of the most famous pictures in the history of New York, is the one you see above.

In short, it’s a “picture taken in 1979 during the shooting of the movie ‘Manhattan‘ showing American director and actor Woody Allen with the American actress Diane Keaton in front of Queensborough Bridge, in New York.”

We shot a YouTube video of the Most Iconic And Instagrammable Movie Locations in NYC, and we show you how to get to this spot!


Below is a more detailed description:

“Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen from his screenplay co-written with Marshall Brickman and produced by Charles H. Joffe.

Allen co-stars as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer dating a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway) before eventually falling in love with his best friend’s (Michael Murphy) mistress (Diane Keaton). Meryl Streep and Anne Byrne also star in the film.

Manhattan was filmed in black-and-white and 2.35:1 widescreen. The decision to shoot in black and white was to give New York City a “great look.”

The film also features music composed by George Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, which inspired the idea behind the film. Allen described the film as a combination of his previous two films, Annie Hall and Interiors.

The film was met with widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Hemingway and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Allen and Brickman.”

~ Wikipedia


In addition, see below the official trailer of the movie:

If you enjoy these super iconic movies that have revolutionized the film industry and even an entire generation, you will love the TriBeCa Film Festival. So, stay tuned to see the line up for the upcoming year!

And last, you might also love these outdoor movie screening that happen during the summer in New York! One of them is called Summer Screen!

Have fun!


Text Excerpts: Courtesy of Wikipedia
Photo Credits: Courtesy of STF/AFP/Getty Images
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The New York Public Library in Numbers

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One of the most amazing renowned building in NYC is the one that houses the New York Public Library (NYPL)! Now, let’s talk about the NYPL in numbers.

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) was founded in 1895. It’s located at Bryant Park and a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal.

“It is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources”.

But, we didn’t come to day to talk about the library’s historical facts. We are here to put the New York Public Library in number, so you can see how amazing it is.

So, here it goes:

  • Has been an education center for over 100 years
  • Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library, and 5th Avenue
  • 125 miles of shelving
  • 530,000 cubic feet of white Vermont marble
  • Façade has marble 12 inches thick
  • Unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches
  • 92 Locations: The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island
  • 4 scholarly research centers
  • Has 3 other research centers
  • Serves more than 17 million patrons a year
  • Millions of other patrons are served online
  • Hold more than 51 million items that ranges from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world
  • 125 miles of book stacks
  • Heaviest book weighs 61 pounds
  • The historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World
  • More than 30,000 classic feature films, documentaries, and educational programs for free
  • More than 700,000 items in their award-winning Digital Collections
  • The Library’s new e-reader SimpleE app has more than 300,000 free e-books
  • 103,000 free programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors
  • Educators can borrow as many as 100 books for 60 days, with no late fees
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley’s skull fragments are in room 319
  • 40,000 restaurant menus, the world’s largest collection, dates back to the 1850’s
  • Norbert Pearlrot visited the library almost every single day. For 52 years, he sat at the same table
  • For it’s 100th anniversary, it received a $1.2 billion renovation

If you want to read more details about the fact above, be sure to check out the NYPL’s website and an article from the New York Times, that also had some great secrets.

The NYPL is a place that you can visit countless times, since there is so much rich content to uncover!

Be sure to enjoy it as much as you can!

Location: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street

www.nypl.org


Text Excerpts: Facts compiled from the NYPL and NYTimes
Credits: Courtesy of Massimiliano Cerra, Paulleclerc, Bronx Banter Blog and Wikipedia
*Last Update on March/2020.*

The Beauty Of Jane’s Carousel At The Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A nostalgic moment everyone should experience! Jane’s Carousel at the Brooklyn Bridge Park is an experience for all ages, with a breathtaking skyline of New York City!

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I believe that everyone, at least once, has ridden a carousel! Kids, teenagers, adults and even the most experienced ones would probably want to try a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th time! It’s just so nostalgic, right?

Plus, rinding a gorgeous, vintage one is even more exciting! Pair that with a perfect skyline of Manhattan and voilá! It becomes an urban fairy tail! Well, it’s certainly OUR urban fairy tail and our hearts do beat faster when we see it.

That is to say that, one of the most amazing carousels you’ll ever see is called Jane’s Carousel. This magnificent art work located inside the Brooklyn Bridge Park, right below the Brooklyn Bridge.

It’s a huge, beautifully restored piece of art with 48 racing hand-carved horses. This classic 3 row beauty was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and is opened year-round.

A bit more of history:

The carousel was originally located at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio in the early 1920’s. Then, in mid 1980’s, specifically in 1984, the duo Jane and David Walentas purchased it. They prevented it from being completely dismantled and having it’s pieces separately sold off. Lucky us!

That same year, Jane started the restoration with her own hands, at her studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It was amazing to see the original coloring of each piece surfacing back.

After documenting every color and every detail was faithfully done, so when the time came to replicate it all on the final pieces, the end result was breathtaking.

Moreover, all the electrical parts and machinery were updated with the latest technologies. And still, over 1200 lights were installed to give the final touch, bringing it to life.

It was finally shown to the public, at the Brooklyn Bridge Park on September 16th, 2011. It surely transformed the this area of Brooklyn’s skyline and has become a dear location in our heart.

It’s definitely something to experience in New York City. So, if you are interested in seeing what it’s all about, but would prefer help of an expert tour guide, contact us.

We’ve done some pretty amazing itineraries for big (and small) Corporate groups and delegations, so if you need help in organizing a special experience for your team or your clients, let us cater it for you.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock Street

www.janescarousel.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Jane’s Carousel, Harper’s Bazaar (Mila Kunis), Vincent Mounier, Zen and the Art of Travel and BeHappyNYC (Featured image)
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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