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The Forgotten East​: A Mystic Pop-Up Adventure Through Ancient China

Culture Music Forgotten East Pop Up Exhibition Ancient China The Silk Market

Chinatown, in downtown New York, is the home of a new pop-up exhibit! The Forgotten East​ is a mystic pop-up adventure that will take you through a journey back to ancient China.

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Courtesy of The Forgotten East

You might remember from your History class back in school the story of the famous Silk Road that connected the regions of “East Asia and Southeast Asia with East Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe”. (source Wikipedia) If you don’t…let me refresh you memory!

It built the relationship between the East and the West from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.

It’s well-known that the route was immensely prosperous from the silk trade along the way. But, other items were also traded in different time periods like glassware, spices, perfumes, nephrite, jade, other crafts and so much more.

It is also said that not only objects were traded, but there was an immense cultural exchange. Religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, etc were spread, but most prominently was Buddhism due to the monasteries found along the journey. They ended up being homes to foreigners that were introduced to this new religion and practices.

What ended up happening is that many of these foreigners, because of the vast influence of different schools, “mixed and matched” beliefs, resulting in syncretism. What is that? Well, it’s the “attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion”. (source Dictionary.com)

Now that you’ve refreshed your mind, let me get into the exhibition!

The journey is divided into 4 specific room called The Mountain, The Desert, The Cave and The Market. The artist behind it all is the young and talented, Masa Ma.

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The artist, Masa Ma. ©Behind the Scenes NYC

She explains the idea behind it: “I wanted to represent not only the main street of ancient China, but also wanted to bring back the memories, relaxation and the beautiful natural society in ancient times, where industrialization does not exist.”

After all, we all know how crazy it can be to live in a city like New York and other big cities, right? She wanted to remind her audience that it’s time to slow down and enjoy their life in the river of history.


1st room: The Mountain

Culture Music Forgotten East Pop Up Exhibition Ancient China Mountain Bird Poem

This room is beautifully painted and shows an Eastern mountain in a Chinese landscape. In addition, you can walk through some small installations as a continuation of these mountains with a happy surprise when a strong vapor is released to replicate the mountain’s mist. Pretty cool!

It’s also curious and interesting to see on one of the walls, a beautifully written Chinese poem that talks about nature.


2nd Room: The Cave

Culture Music Forgotten East Pop Up Exhibition Ancient China The Cave

When you enter this room, your eyes just can stop looking everywhere. It’s a translation of the Mogao Caves. It is also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas uniting 492 temples located in Gansu province, China. It was used by Buddhists to warship their Gods and practice their endless meditations, as well as welcome foreigners that journeyed through the Silk Road.

Since the cave was the home to some of the most amazing Buddhist art up to 1,000-years old, Masa Ma created small Buddhist sculptures that were placed throughout the room.

Curiously, the holes on the cave’s walls were designed with a mirror, as a reminder to us not to destroy nature and be mindful of our actions.


3rd Room: The Desert

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Throughout the exploration of this room, you’ll find a beautiful treasure trunk with jewelry, china, silk and other treasures inside (even skulls were found there, back in the day!). Treasures were actually left behind by the ones that passed through and experienced the brutal desert climate.

The fun thing of this room is to play around with the jewelry and take that Instagram-worthy shot! It’s the most explorative place throughout our adventure.


4th Room: The Market

Culture Music Forgotten East Pop Up Exhibition Ancient China The Market
Courtesy of The Forgotten East

Finally, you reach our destination! The Eastern Market was where the magic happened. Travelers and adventurers exchanged good and fostered this fast-growing economy, in such a distant time in history from us.

This last room had some delicious surprises for you to enjoy at the end of the journey with your friends/family.


“​The Forgotten East is not only an exhibit about eastern culture, but it is a journey that represents travelers and adventurers’ courage to conquer challenges and reach their final destination to the western world,” as states Fengyuan Zhong, another artist of the exhibit.

The pop-up exhibition will run daily through July 28th, 2019.

If you enjoyed, you might want to take a look at other exhibits like the Color Factory,  or you might want to explore  museum I love: The Cloister, that is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tickets (HERE):
Adults: $25
Kids (2-15 years-old): $15

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm

Location: 310 Canal Street

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©Behind the Scenes NYC

Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Find All 19 Murals Painted By Kobra in New York

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It’s practically unanimous the feeling and respect people have for Eduardo Kobra. His murals brings so much creativity and life, so I decided to compile and share with you all 19 murals painted by Kobra in New York City, so you have visit them yourself!

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Tolerance (Madre Teresa & Mahatma Ghandi) – 130 10th Avenue

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the Brazilian artist, Eduardo Kobra, better known as only Kobra. In addition, I was part of a small group that walked around New York City with him to learn, from his own words, what his murals are all about, the inspirations and stories! Priceless, for sure!

For years, Kobra has been a growing legend when the topic is: street art and graffiti.

In New York City alone he currently has 19 breathtaking murals, where in Brazil, he’s painted over 500! But, his work doesn’t stop there. He’s been traveling the four corners of the globe for years now and leaving his mark at every spot.

Amazingly, Kobra is self-taught and collects inspirations from big names like: Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring (1958-1990), Diego Rivera and the 1970’s group of New York street artists.

Read more about his work!

His recent project in New York, named Colors of Liberty, took place and was finalized by the end of 2018. The idea behind it was to portray and pay homage to great personalities that have and still are fighting against violence, with the goal of spreading peace.

Some of these names are: “the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), the Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945), the Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (1997-), and the German scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), among other examples like Mother Teresa, Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Frida Kahlo, etc.

His style is certainly one of a kind. The geometrical colors of his murals are distinct and unmistakable, having become his trademark.

He’s painted in countries such as Spain, Italy, Norway, England, Malawi, India, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and several North American cities besides, of course, around Brazil.

Brazilians L-O-V-E New York and when they come across one of Kobra’s murals, the reaction is always the same: they feel SO proud and happy to have a Brazilian artist beautifying the streets of one of the most important cities on our planet. Well, I do think it’s one of the most amazing places on Earth, if you read my story.

That said, I decided to compile and share with you all the current 19 art works around the city with all the names and addresses. This way, you can visit them yourself and be sure to take that Instagram-worthy shot to share with your friends!


Kobra’s Murals in New York City:

Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Liberty
Liberty – 519 Broome Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York The Braves of 9/11
The Braves of 9/11 – 780 3rd Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York The Braves of 9/11 Fireman 2018 Celebration
Fireman 2018 celebration in front of The Braves of 9/11 mural – 780 3rd Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York SoulPhia
SoulPhia – 16 Clarkson Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York War is Hell
Kobra finishing up War is Hell – 219 Bedford Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Black or White Michael Jackson
Black or White (Michael Jackson) – 180 1st Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Walk This Way Run D.M.C.
Walk This Way Run-D.M.C. – Corner of 12th Street and 191 Avenue A
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Genial É Andar de Bike Fernanda Paronetto
Genial é Andar de Bike – 776 3rd Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Stop Wars
Stop Wars – 391 West Street & Christopher Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Clube 27
Clube 27 – 36 Rivington Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer – 833 Dekalb Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore – 10th Avenue and 22nd Street (Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat)
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Ellis Immigrants
Ellis Immigrants – 16 Clarkson Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York American Dreamers Boy with Balloon
American Dreamers – 14 Watts Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo – 360 Prospect Place
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York We Love NYC
We Love NY – 212 8th Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Tolerance CloseUp
Tolerance (Madre Teresa & Mahatma Ghandi) – 130 10th Avenue
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Stop Guns
Stop Guns – 231 Eldridge Street
Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Roy Lichenstein Peace Through Liberty
Roy Lichtenstein: Peace Through Liberty – 221 East 44th Street

Here is the full list:

  • Liberty – 519 Broome Street
  • The Braves of 9/11 – 780 3rd Avenue
  • SoulPhia – 16 Clarkson Street
  • War is Hell – 219 Bedford Avenue
  • Black or White (Michael Jackson) – 180 1st Avenue
  • Walk This Way Run-D.M.C. – Corner of 12th Street and 191 Avenue A
  • Genial é Andar de Bike – 776 3rd Avenue
  • Stop Wars – 391 West Street & Christopher Street
  • Clube 27 – 36 Rivington Street
  • Christ the Redeemer – 833 Dekalb Avenue
  • Mount Rushmore – 10th Avenue and 22nd Street
  • Ellis Immigrants – 16 Clarkson Street
  • American Dreamers – 14 Watts Street
  • Frida Kahlo – 360 Prospect Place
  • We Love NY – 212 8th Avenue
  • Tolerance (Madre Teresa & Mahatma Ghandi) – 130 10th Avenue, Manhattan
  • Stop Guns – 231 Eldridge Street
  • Roy Lichtenstein: Peace Through Liberty – 221 East 44th Street

You can also find an older work from Kobra located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn of Warhol and Basquiat. 162 North 9th Street & Bedford Avenue.

Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Warhol Basquiat Williamsburg
Warhol and Basquiat – 162 North 9th Street & Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

Sadly, the very famous iconic kiss mural that could be seen from the High Line is now gone!

I have not been able to find the reason why, as many other people too, but it’s such a huge loss t to the city. Now an ugly, sad grey paint covers it and no explanation was giving…

Eduardo Kobra currently lives in São Paulo, where his atelier is located, with his wife, Andressa, and baby boy, Pedro.

www.eduardokobra.com

Kobra Mural Grafitti New York Kobra Tour


Photo Credit: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Kobra Studio

Most Different Museum in New York Of All Times: Museum of Illusions

Entertainment Culture Music Museum of Illusions Fernanda Paronetto

I recently visited maybe the most different museum in New York of all times, the Museum of Illusions! The eye-tricking illusions were super fun and extremely curious!

When we think about museums, most people immediately think about the big, famous ones like the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), MoMA, the Whitney and so many others. If you’ve been with us for a while, some other off-the-beaten-track museums might also come to your mind!

But, a few weeks back, I found one maybe the most different museum in New York of all times: the Museum of Illusions.

Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, they are quite famous is other corners of the world, like in Austria and Slovenia. On September 20th, they finally landed in town and are creating quite a buzz, after all, optical illusions are quite fun to experience, don’t you agree?

That same week, I met with René Gjoni, the CEO of the museum, that was super kind to walk me through the all the installments and illusions. After that, I just HAD to go back and get it on camera for your guys to see!

“Visitors can learn a lot about vision, perception, the human brain and science through our attractive and fun exhibits. In that way, they also learn why our eyes see things that our brain does not understand.”

This fantastic interactive museum, located one of 14th Street’s busy corners, offers over 70 different activities visitors can experience. They are all based on science, math, biology and phycology, but in real life, they are extremely fun and curious! Many are quite simple after we find how they work but, I have to agree that creating them can be certainly challenging.

I passed through absolutely all the illusion and love them all, but the ones that I probably enjoyed the most were:

  • Rotated Room – Are you ready to radically change your view of the world? How about for 90 degrees? In this room you can walk on the ceiling. Your imagination is the limit!
  • Tricky Stick – This exhibit plays with your sense of space. The human brain will automatically suppose that the stick will not fit through the hole;
  • Moving Picture – As you move, the image seems to swivel and follow you. Three-dimensional paintings when viewed from the front initially give the impression of viewing a painted flat surface that shows a perspective view;
  • Swap Noses – You can switch different parts of your faces if both of you, at the same me, move up and down;
  • True Mirror –  We might think we see ourselves in traditional mirrors, but although they appear to show us how we look, in fact they reflect images that are sign significantly altered by being backwards. Step towards the True Mirror, which enables us to see ourselves as others see us!
  • Tilted Room – Try to walk slowly in the ‘Tilted Room’. Can you do it well? It may feel wobbly and difficult to walk in here.

In addition, there are a few exclusive illusions that are only seen in New York City:

  • Thermal Grill – The thermal grill illusion is a sensory illusion. When someone presses a hand against the grill, he or she experiences the illusion of burning heat;
  • Following Eyes – The following eyes are an optical illusion in which the perception of hollow concave eyes look like normal convex eyes. If you stare at them and walk left and right – they seem to follow you around;
  • Zoetrope – A zoetrope is a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures.  This variation uses a rapidly flashing strobe light to illuminate the models, producing an illusion of motion.

So, I can say it’s a place to visit with kids, friends of all ages, family! It’s really entertaining, fun and that will give you countless reasons to laugh! And, you’ll be able to take some of the coolest pictures, and share them on all your Social Channels for your friends to see! I guarantee, it’s will go viral!

Have fun in the Museum of Illusions and share your experience with us: #BehindTheScenesNYC and #MuseumOfIllusionsNewYork!

Oh! And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel, like the video and help spread the love for our gorgeous New York City!


Tickets:
$19 Adults
$17 Students with valid ID (age 14-22), Senior citizens (age 62+) with valid ID, Military Personnel
$15 Children (6-13 age)
$53 Family Ticket Package (two adults & two children)
Children under age of 6 are free
*Group Rates Available*

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm

Location: 77 8th Avenue – located on the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street

https://museumofillusions.us


Videography: Renata Meirelles
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: Renata Meirelles & Courtesy of Kenroy Lumsden
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VR World NYC: A Virtual Reality Experience

Culture Music VR World NYC

As we wake up each day, Virtual Reality is becoming more and more parts of our daily lives, and obviously, our future! Come explore what VR World NYC is all about!

As we wake up each day, Virtual Reality, or VR as we most commonly say, is becoming more and more parts of our daily lives, and obviously, our future!

Today I’m sharing with you my experience at VR World NYC. They are the biggest virtual reality center on this side of the globe with 2 floors and over 50 games, films and experiences for you to try!

The video above shows you some of the ones I have the most fun with, but I do have to say, they are all quite entertaining. You can definitely spend several hours there, since there is just so much to see.

So, what is Virtual Reality?

In a very simples way, it’s an interactive technology that is computer generated and creates experiences that are not possible in the real world, using many of our senses.

And, in the middle of New York’s chaotic 34th Street, you’d never expect to find a place like this. It’s not only super amusing for kids and I’m sure all adults will love it too! I certainly had a great time!

Oh! It’s also a great spot to host a party! There are several cool spaces for groups from 20 and over 400! So be sure to contact them for more details. You can also contact us to help you out or even organize a corporate/team experience.


One of the highlights: Moveo

You can me inside this one in the video! It’s the first 360º free-rotation VR simulator. You go through fully immersive 3D worlds, flying through space and you experience the gravitational pull of objects nearby.

Exclusive to VR World NYC, MOVEO is harnessing cutting edge technology to create a truly immersive experience.

The simulator is the first of its kind to use independent three axis rotation, connecting the human experience with a responsive audial, visual and physical environment.

I also really enjoyed the experiences on the 2nd floor, once specifically that I was rock climbing in Thailand. It was just SO real. My legs literally got numb by virtually climbing up a cliff and looking down!

It’s crazy how you literally feel everything as if you were actually there!

As I said above, it’s a great place for kids! But, if you’re coming to New York City with kids, but you’re not sure if it’s a good idea, take a look to see all the infinite reasons why NYC is great for kids!


More information:

  • All visitors are required to purchase tickets for entry
  • Payments by credit/debit cards only
  • No outside food, drinks or strollers
  • Children under 7 not permitted including infants
  • 14 years old and under require adult supervision

Prices:
2 hour Pass: $39
All day Pass: $59
Moveo Pass: $25 

Hours: 7 days a week!
Monday: 12pm – 9pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 10pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Location: 4 East 34th Street

https://vrworldnyc.com


Videography & Photography: Renata Meirelles
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The Met Cloisters: A Medieval Experience in NYC

Culture Music The Met Cloisters Entrance

Are you ready to explore the The Met Cloisters and have a medieval experience in NYC? Located inside the beautiful Fort Tyron Park, this museum will keep you breathless all the way!

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Culture Music The Met Cloisters Fort Tyron Park View
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I have to confess that I had never been to The Cloisters, until this past weekend when a good friend from my meditation group invited me to go! It had been on my must-see list since forever, but because it’s location is a bit distant, I was always postponing the visit.

So, this time I had agreed to go with her and there no way I would cancel it. So, after the Feeding Program we help coordinate o Saturday morning at Tompkins Square Park, I grabbed the subway and started heading North.

The best option to get up to Fort George, is to get the A Express train (blue line), up to Dyckman Street. It will be just steps from the entrance of Fort Tyron Park, where The Met Cloisters is located. In addition, the 1 train (red line), also passes through there, but it’s a local train, so it stops many more times along the way.


A bit of History:

To start, many people don’t know that The Cloister is actually part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum opened to the public in May of 1938 and is focused on art and architecture of medieval Europe.

It’s located at Fort Tyron Park with a priceless view of the Hudson River – and I have the say, the sunset there is amazing!

The museum has obviously medieval structures and might look as if it’s quite old, but during construction, the architects behind this project simply gathered beautiful inspirations and elements of medieval cloisters.

“Approximately 2,000 works of art from medieval Europe, largely dating from the 12th through the 15th century and including exquisite illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, and tapestries, are exhibited in this unique context.”

But wait! What is a “cloister”?

“A covered walk in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other.”

See the video above for a great footage of The Met Cloisters during it’s construction!


What NOT to miss when going there:

It’s hard to even start listing what you can’t miss, since the entire collection is breathtaking, but I’ve listed below the main ones that people are always asking about.

Plus, they have beautiful gardens that you can enjoy with no rush and just take your time!

Culture Music The Met Cloisters Tapestry
Culture Music The Met Cloisters Garden
Culture Music The Met Cloisters Altar
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Culture Music The Met Cloisters Sarcophagus Room
Culture Music The Met Cloisters Scarcophagus
Culture Music The Met Cloisters Internal Garden
Culture Music The Met Cloisters Garden With Herbs
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During a few months a year, you can actually enjoy a super nice café with outdoor seating! The Trie Café is open seasonally from April to October and offers light fare in a super nice outdoor setting.

Lastly, if you want to go home with a few gifts for your loved ones and yourself, the Met Store is located just off the Main Hall. You’ll be able to find jewelry, home gifts, publications, stationery, and more inspired by the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe.

Oh, and don’t get lost! Be sure do download their Museum Map!

For visitors from outside New York State:
Adults: $25
Seniors (65 and over): $17
Students: $12
Members and Patrons: Free
Children (under 12): Free
For NY residents: Pay as you wish

General admission tickets include exhibitions. It’s valid for three consecutive days at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

If you want us to help you organize your visit, or for corporate requests, contact our experts.

Hours:
Open 7 Days a Week
March – October: 10am – 5:15pm
November – February: 10am – 4:45pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th and January 1st

Location: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tyron Park

https://www.metmuseum.org

Lower East Side: Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Urban Adventure Tenements Tales and Tastes Fruits

New York is known for its fantastic variety of cuisines from all over the globe. Plus, we know that there are certain iconic foods that you really have to try, when coming here! Explore with us the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour that will take you on a delicious journey around the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Urban Adventure Tenements Tales and Tastes Cheeses
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When people come to New York, not many know that all these delicious dishes and snacks were actually brought to New York by immigrates years and years ago. And, it definitely helped shape the diverse American food culture found in NYC! We are certainly huge fans!

As you already know, we are all about going where locals go, eating where true New Yorkers eat, uncover spots far away from the touristy scene! If you enjoy this type of experience too, then this tour was catered perfectly for you!

The Lower East Side of Manhattan has a fantastic history and countless stories of the immigrants that settled there. The neighborhood grew a lot, but you can easily find it’s origins.

You’ll enjoy the story of the millions of immigrants and taste several delicious dishes like pretzels, dumplings, potato knishes, waffles, homemade cheeses and even beer, of the many groups that have lived there.

Learning their origin in a fun, tasty way, is totally up our alley and is exactly what you can expect at the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour.

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Plus, you’ll also walk the narrow, tenement lined, streets of an area known by names like Kleindeutschland, Chinatown, and Losaida.

Whether they were Dutch, Jewish, or Chinese you’ll learn about and taste something from every group that has called the neighborhood home and you’ll leave happy and full!

So, come enjoy with us and have some delicious food throughout this experience!

Highlights:

  • Discover NYC from a local perspective, with a local guide by your side
  • Visit bustling markets and sample the tasty treats on offer
  • Stroll through New York’s unique cultural historic sites in the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy.
  • Get a glimpse into New York’s immigrant heritage and how it is shaping the city today

Rates & Details:

  • $69 / person – includes food & guide
  • Duration is about 3 hours
  • Tour meets at the fountain in City Hall Park
  • Advanced purchase required
  • Schedule: Every day at 10am

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Other Info:

  • Dress standard: Summers can be hot and humid, autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide (highly appreciated, tks!)
  • Your Trip: The tour is offered on a “join in” basis.  Maximum group size is 12.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

In addition, if you enjoyed the Tenements, Tales and Tastes Tour, but you’d like to book a tour for a private group, please submit a request. Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Don’t forget to explore all our other Tours & Experiences too!


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Candytopia: A Golden Ticket To A Sugar Rush Adventure

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Entrance

Candytopia is a multi-environment exhibit that will make your inner kid rejoice out of the perfect combination of colors and flavors from your favorites candies. Bring your sweet tooth for a journey like no other!

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Magdalena Concha

We asked our contributor, Magdalena Concha – also known as Mags – to check out what Candytopia was all about. She had a fantastic experience at a exhibit that has been attracting not only kids, but grown ups in New York!

Our Founder, , recently went to the Color Factory. Super worth going too! Both are similar, but yet so different! So, since it’s hard to pick one, just go to both!


Is there a better way to start your day than visiting a place that mixes art, candy and lots of imagination? Well, a few days back I went to check out Candytopia, aka, candy land, aka dream come true.

Candytopia is a pop-up installation that shows the vision of Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin, Candy Master Fabricator Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

Culture Music Candytopia New York City

Following a successful run in Santa Monica earlier this year, Candytopia comes for the first time to New York City to show a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience of a magic wonderland that combines colors and flavors using only sugary delights. Everything can be enjoyed through a series of interactive art installations. 

Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness! 

The “immersive candy-coated experiential adventure” is perfect for “anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland.”

As a candy lover, I can guarantee you that this is as close as you can get to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and Hansel & Gretel candy house – minus the witch of course. From the moment you cross Candytopia’s fence and enter their amazing world, you want to touch and try everything in the rooms.

The best part of all … that is actually a requirement! Touch! Taste! See! Smell! Listen!

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Dragon

You will be able to try delicious sweet treats throughout the entire experience including gummies, chocolate, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises! Just remember your Halloween manners and take only a few of them.

In addition, if you want to impress your social media followers and share your best candy-colored pictures, remember to get the QR code at the entrance of the installation. It will allow you to take pictures from the different cameras installed at the most iconic areas of the exhibit. So, pictures will be send directly to your email, don’t worry!

We won’t tell you everything you’ll see, but here is a short sneak peek to tickle your curiosity!

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Famous PaintingsThe experience starts with Zig Zog’s Clocks & Collectibles where the sound of clocks ticking will make you feel anxious, just like the White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland, for being late to try all the candy that awaits.

Along the way you will also encounter a dive pool of (fake) marshmallows, a rendition of the most iconic pieces of art like the Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Magdalena in Pool

Be sure to take a picture with the recreated sculpture of our Lady Liberty. In addition, you’ll find an underwater-themed room filled with jewel-toned, candy covered sea creatures. And, of course, tons of opportunities to take the best pictures and selfies covered by colorful confetti.

Furthermore, the effort put into every piece is describe through “Candy Facts”. They tell you exactly the type of candy that was used, the candy count, construction time and amount of sugar in it. Super cool!

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Under the Sea

I.e., the candy version of Warhol’s Marylyn portrait was made out of 3,800 candies including gummy bears and jelly beans, took more than 82 hours and it has 1,500kgs of sugar. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Sorkin won’t say what the base material is—she needs to keep some cards to herself—but some of the creations took upwards of 1,000 hours.

Culture Music Candytopia New York City Marilyn Monroe

So, be sure to use #Candytopia on your pictures! Your picture might be posted on Candytopia’s Instagram!

Tickets:
Adults admission: $38
Kids (4-12) : $26
Tickets must be purchased online, as there are no tickets available at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Hours:
Monday: 10am – 8:30pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday – Saturday: 10am- 8:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 8:30pm

Location: Penn Plaza, 145 West 32nd Street

http://www.candytopia.com

 


Text Credit: Written by our contributor Magdalena Concha
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Joel Pitra for Candytopia and Magdalena Concha for BTSNYC

Color Factory: A Collaborative Interactive Exhibit To Brighten Our Lives

Culture Music Color Factory Ball Pit

The Color Factory is a collaborative interactive exhibit that stimulates all of your senses throughout your journey into their fantastic, playful world! Open up your mind, let go of the rules and enjoy how good it is to be a kid again!

I’m so excited to share this with you guys!

This morning I went to check out the Color Factory that has finally arrived in New York City! But, what the heck is the Color Factory, right?

Well, they are a collaborative interactive exhibit that stimulates all of your senses throughout your journey into their world! These guys launched back in August of 2017 in San Francisco and what was supposed to be a 1-month project, turned out to be a huge success with 8 consecutive months of sold-out tickets!

I mean, now that I visited it, I can certainly understand why! As soon as you arrive at their 20,000 square feet space, located in SoHo, you feel excited just by seeing the amazing color stripped façade! It prepares you and sets the mood for you to enter their world!

“We will feature brand-new participatory installations of colors we’ve collected around the city— hues that invite curiosity, discovery and play. Some of our favorite artists, creatives, designers and makers are teaming up with us to tell their unique color stories and engage all of your senses in unexpected ways.”

Plus, you’ll be able to try some goodies by fantastic local food vendors and see the work of non-profits.

And, of course, we can’t forget to mention that this is a true haven for everyone that loves social media. The countless rooms are designed in the most fantastic, camera-friendly way, giving you great pictures throughout the way. In addition, they have a few cameras installed in strategic spots that takes pictures for you, and sends it directly to your email.

But, we won’t tell you everything about what you’ll see there, so we can keep it all a bit mysterious, but here is a short simple list to tickle your curiosity!


Culture Music Color Factory Button Wall

Poems for the City: Won McIntosh, a Queens-based writer, was invited to translate the color palette into special poems that portrays our daily New York lives, into words.

The colors have been given words to describe them like: Subway Tile, Asphalt, Scaffolding, Pretzels, Brownstone, Bodega Mums, F Train and others.

Pick a Color, Any Flavor: Get ready to taste some yummy colorful French treats by Mille Feuille. But, beware! You might have to run after them!

Button, Buttons and More Buttons: I love buttons and I collect them myself. This colorful tunnel, with thousands of hanging buttons has a present for you… (picture)

Complementary Compliments: Christine Wong Yap, another Queen-based artist, brings you back to the present moment and the beauty of human connection and observation. Now, pay attention, use your creativity and follow the voice in your head.

Perfect Pairing: Unusual shapes, flavors and colors….get ready to stimulate your taste buds with Sockerbit. Yummmm!

Wait…there’s more!

Sing Me High, Sing Me Low, Bring Me Back, Let Me Go: This amazing collaborative installation by the musician Abimaro and the artist Lakwena, will let you show the world your musical talents. Let the vibration take over you!

Culture Music Color Factory Ballon Wishes

Balloon Wishes: I’m always happy around balloons, especially when huge versions of them are flying all over you during New York’s sunrise and sunset! What???

This room brings together the support of Gymboree and the valuable work behind 826NYC, a non-profit that empowers students from 6-18 years old with skills to write their own paths forward.

Secret Colors: A huge live-action flowchart will take you on a voyage of self-discovery, giving you a scientific result of your secret color.

Will you make this color part of your life? Will it be another well-kept secret of yours? The space was created by Molly Young.

This floor was make for dancin’ and that’s just what you’ll do: It’s time to shake, shake, shake! In a city that never sleeps, dancing is surely part of the long, never ending nights.

This color-kissed ode to NYC nightlife by Maybelline, has moving colors and lights all over it, giving you the opportunity of showing your dance moves!

Oh! And after dancing, there is nothing better than having a refreshment created by the famous Stanley’s Pharmacy, right?

Culture Music Color Factory Dance Floor

And still…

Mmuseumm: As they say: “Now is always weird. Now must have been weird for the Neanderthals. Now was certainly weird during the Middle Ages. And now is definitely weird now.” Yup! So, expect to see some pretty weird and unusual things you never imagined at the Mmuseumm’s installation!

From Absinthe to Zephyr – An Alternative Alphabet of Unusual Colors: Kassia St. Clair, a London-based writer, will show you the modern notion of colors. Wait! You’ll have to use a special element, that everyone will have in common, to find out which one suits you!

Ring-a-round the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down: See the mixture of rotating color pallets, that might get you quite woozy, that will portray 3 NYC scenarios – For The Best New York Like (the one I was automatically drawn to before even reading about it), Thoughts On A Subway on 7/30/2018 and last, To Consider When Eating in New York City.

Into The Blue: An eternal sea of blue! I mean, this one, for me, was one of my favorite rooms. This room is no surprise, since it’s been all over Social Media. This gigantic ball-pit, of baby blue color plastic balls, brought me back to my childhood days! When I looked at it for the 1st time, my eyes blew open and were immediately hypnotized by its magnitude. I couldn’t wait to, literally, jump in! You’ll see creative graphics by the multi-talented Tamara Shopsin throughout the space. But, take a closer look, things might have double meanings… And still, some another yummy treat and a special gift awaits you!

Culture Music Color Factory Ball Pit

Be sure to use #colorfactoryco on your pictures! Your picture might be posted on Color Factory’s Instagram!


Wow! How fantastic does this all sound?!

And wait! Even the restroom area was carefully designed with 3 beautiful art works by Kendra Dandy. Every detail is meticulously cared for and thought out! There is always something unexpected in each room, with a different sensorial experience!

As they say: “We hope that the palette and projects offered within Color Factory will connect you to the colorful moments around New York and in your own daily life.”

Surely did in mine!

It’s truly a celebration of colors and creativity, bringing out the lively, happy kid inside you and remembering how fun it was to enjoy the simple things in life!

If you got excited, you should definitely go! Plus, if after visiting the Color Factory you’re still craving for a bit more laughter, the Color continues with a neighborhood map you can get and explore another 23 surprises they’ve hidden throughout the city!

“An ATM that dispenses art, a scratch-off lotto ticket where everyone’s a winner, a bubblegum challenge at our favorite candy store…”

So, let the hunt begin! We can’t wait to explore them all!

Have lots of fun and leave your comments below sharing your experience with us!

If you are into cultural activities across the city you’d probably love to have a guided tour to the best galleries in New York City. For corporate groups, let out experts help you out!

Tickets:
General admission: $38
Children age 2 and under are free.
Tickets must be purchased online, as there are no tickets available at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Hours:
Monday – Tuesday: 10am-11pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday – Sunday: 10am-11pm

Location: 251 Spring Street

www.colorfactory.co

Narcissus Garden Installation by Yayoi Kusama at Fort Tilden

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden Fort Tilden Rockaways Credit Rachel Hoat

Yayoi Kusama is known worldwide for her impactful installations and art works! She now brings a fantastic work called Narcissus Garden to the Rockaways, at Fort Tilden, New York!

Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden Fort Tilden Rockaways Credit Rachel Hoat
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat

I love everything Yayoi creates and her avant-garde spirit is truly inspiring!

Starting tomorrow, July 1st, the Rockaways will be bustling this summer with people coming to visit the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s new installation.

Narcissus Garden has 1,500 silver stainless reflective spheres installed inside a former train garage.

This is part of MoMA’s PS1 series named “Rockaways”, a yearly arts festival with the goal of recovering the area after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, back in 2012.

The installation will be live up through September 3rd!

Location: Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Far Rockaway, NY (Map below)


More about the installation:

MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s (Japan, b. 1929) site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden (1966–present) as the third iteration of Rockaway!, a free public art festival presented with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg Philanthropies in the Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden.

Comprised of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres, Narcissus Garden is on view in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base.

The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966, when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd Venice Biennale.

The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds.

Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words “Narcissus Garden, Kusama” and “Your Narcissism for Sale.” Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1,200 lire (approximately $2) each.

The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of contemporary art, would later be seen as a pivotal moment in Kusama’s career as she transitioned from installation toward the radical, politically charged public performances that would be the focus of her work in the late 1960s in New York City.”

For more infos, see MoMA’s website!


You might also want to see a video about Yayoi’s life! She is know for having quick a journey with a few mental health issues. But, what keeps her alive is surely her beautiful work!

So, if you also adore everything that Yayoi Kusama creates, than this is a must-go exhibition, so don’t waste your time and plan your day trip to the Rockaways!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Hoat
Text Experts: MoMA’s website

Here Died Warhol: A Sensational Experience by Eugenio Merino

Culture Music Here Died Warhol by Eugenio Merino Installation

Visit Andy Warhol’s body in Chelsea! “Here Died Warhol” is a sensational experience created by the Spanish artist, Eugenio Merino. Be ready to see a life-size hyperrealistic sculpture of Warhol’s body in an immersive installation!

Culture Music Here Died Warhol by Eugenio Merino

Andy Warhol was one of the most well-known names when talking about pop art!

The American artist was also a renowned producer and director, and has a studio in NYC called The Factory. Want to know a cool fact? The 1st location of the studio, in Midtown Manhattan, costed him only $100 rent/year in the early 1960’s!

His works are shown worldwide and through July 9th, you’ll be able to see Here Died Warhol, at the Unix Gallery.


Most know him for his films and painting, but Warhol has another entire list of works that ranged from photography and audio, to theater, fashion and culture.

Starting April 26, it will be possible to visit Andy Warhol’s body in Chelsea, New York. Here Died Warhol is a sensational experience that takes the visitor around New York City.

It follows Andy Warhol’s footsteps from his artistic beginnings to the glamorous and iconic places he frequented. The late artist’s body will lie in state at UNIX Gallery, through June 9th, 2018.

Here Died Warhol is an immersive installation by Spanish artist Eugenio Merino featuring a life-size hyperrealistic sculpture of Andy Warhol accompanied by a black granite gravestone. There is a functioning souvenir shop (including T-shirts, postcards, mugs).

And, a self-guided tour map of Warhol’s essential haunts (like his first New York residence and The Factory) complete Eugenio Merino the installation.

The intimacy of Merino’s sculpture in the gallery punctuates the cultural tourist’s experience as they contemplate the art and popularity of Warhol’s legacy.

Curated by the Málaga-based collective Los Interventores, Here Died Warhol explores the curiosity and motivation of Adjectival Tourism. In this case, it is a paired fascination with Warhol’s explosive célébrité and an innate curiosity about death close-up (like visitors to the Paris Morgue in the late 1800s).

Resonating with tourists and gallery visitors alike, the exhibition gives a full understanding of the city and artist that helped shape each other.

The installation is a sharp critique of the mass tourism and the cultural industry of the city-brand.  It examines the clash between the rise of tourist attractions and the needs of the local population; where real is replaced by a false setting targeted at the visitor.

Here Died Warhol is the definitive opportunity to take a selfie with the artist. Plus, acquire those objects created to capitalize on the essence of the most famous Pop Art visionary; the sale of the artist ́s aura.

The hyperrealism of Merino’s sculpture highlights this conflict between the genuine and the fake within the tourist experience.

This frustration transforms the city into a commodified space intended primarily for leisure and consumerism.

Here Died Warhol follows on the success of Aquí Murió Picasso (Here Died Picasso), which in 2017 attracted more than 20,000 visitors to the Alliance Française in Málaga.

For the duration of the exhibition, it became a must-see tourist experience in the capital of La Costa del Sol.


About Eugenio Merino:

Born in 1975 in Spain, Eugenio Merino graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid. Merino had his first US museum show at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston) in October 2015.

In addition, the artist has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has participated in a variety of art fairs. These includes: Volta NY, Volta Basel, ARCO (Madrid), Art Brussels, FIAC (Paris), Armory Show, Arte Fiera (Bologna), Art BO (Bogota), MACO (Mexico), Art Wynwood (Miami) and has exhibited in the MOCA Museum of Taipei and the B.P.S.22 in Charleroi (Belgium).


Date: Through June 9th, 2018
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Location: UNIX Gallery – 532 West 24th Street

www.unixgallery.com

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Unix Gallery

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