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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

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

The Current 7 Best Art Exhibitions In New York

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Tarsila do Amaral MoMA

Come explore the current 7 best art exhibitions in New York, curated exclusively for Behind the Scenes NYC by the art expert, Gisela Gueiros!

Our friend, contributor and art expert, Gisela Gueiros, sent us a list of the current 7 best art exhibitions in New York!

Take a look below to see what you love best, or…just go explore them all!


Tarsila do Amaral – MoMA

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Tarsila do Amaral MoMA

“Tarsila is one of the most important figures for Latin American modern art history. The show at MoMA is her first in the US and features her work from the 20s and 30s. Pay special attention to the painting ‘Abaporu’, 1928.”

Tarsila was born in 1886, in São Paulo, Brazil. In her early 20’s she moved to Paris to study at the renowned art school, Académie Julian. During these years she has to opportunity with working with important names like Fernand Léger, a renowned French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.

The exhibition is named “Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil” and…

“…focuses on her pivotal production from the 1920s, when she navigated the art worlds of both São Paulo and Paris, and charts her involvement with an increasingly international artistic community, as well as her critical role in the emergence of modernism in Brazil.”

The exhibition unites over 100 paintings, photographs, drawing, sketches and historical documents.

Tarsila painted “Abaporu” in 1928 for her husband and famous Brazilian poet, Oswald de Andrade. It’s explained that:

“This landmark painting inspired the Manifesto of Anthropophagy, and became the banner for a transformative artistic movement, which imagined a specifically Brazilian culture arising from the symbolic digestion—or artistic “cannibalism”—of outside influences.”

Live through: June 3rd, 2018

Location: 11 West 53rd Street

www.moma.org


Gordon Matta-Clark – Bronx Museum

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Fordon Matta Clark Bronx Museum

“Totally worth the trip to the Bronx, ‘Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect’ examines the artist’s pioneering interventions in urban spaces. It features more than 100 works including rarely seen materials from his archive.”

This New York-born artist was born in 1943 and became well known for his site-specific art works in the 1970’s. He passed away at a very early age of pancreatic cancer, in 1978 (35-years old), but left a remarkable legacy.

Gordon went to Cornell University to study architecture, spent a year at Sorbonne in Paris, studying French literature and documented his work through videos and photography.

He’s best known for his unique series ‘building cuts’ (1972 – 1978), where he removed entire structures, carving them out and eventually naming these transformations “Anarchitecture”.

Live through: April 8th, 2018

Location: 1040 Grand Concourse

www.bronxmuseum.org


Dan Flavin – David Zwirner Gallery

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Dan Flavin David Zwirner

“From 1963 on, Flavin would only use fluorescent light to create installations – or “situations,” as he preferred to call them – of light and color until his passing in 1996. The show examines his production during the 60s.”

The exhibition is named “Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white”. Flavin was born in 1933, in Jamaica, New York City.

His minimalistic aesthetics was recognized and celebrated throughout his career and his work with fluorescent lighting truly shaped it.

Live through: April 14th, 2018

Location: 537 West 20th Street

www.davidzwirner.com


Ellsworth Kelly – Flag Art Foundation

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Ellsworth Kelley The Flag Art Foundation

“Curated by his widow, photographer Jack Shear, the exhibition focuses on Kelly’s works in black and white, including drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures made in the first and last decade of the artist’s career.”

Ellsworth Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in the year of 1923.

He served during World War II and when he returned to the US, he concluded his studies at Boston Museum School, then headed to École des Beaux-Arts, in Paris.

Jack Shear is currently the President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and continues his photography work, while living in Spencertown, New York.

Live from: February 23rd – May 19th, 2018

Location: 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor

http://flagartfoundation.org


Zoe Leonard – Whitney Museum

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Zoe Leonard Survey Whitney Museum

“Opening soon, this show will be a must see! Zoe Leonard is one of the most remarkable artists of her generation. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s engagement with the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape.”

“Zoe Leonard: Survey is the first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s career to highlight her engagement with a range of themes. More than it focuses on any particular subject, however, Leonard’s work slowly and reflectively calibrates vision and form.”

Leonard was born in Liberty, New York, in 1961. Her work primarily focuses on photography and sculptures.

She dropped out of school at an early age and moved to New York City to start shooting. It was the perfect place for her to shoot graffiti, apartment buildings, street, sidewalks and other details that captured her attention and her keen eye.

Leonard is known for her work as an activist in AIDS advocacy and Queer politics in New York.

Leonard’s Speech at the Highline, starts with “I want a dike for President…” Definitely worth reading!

Live from: March 2nd – June 10th, 2018

Location: 99 Gansevoort Street

https://whitney.org


Thomas Demand – Matthew Marks Gallery

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Thomas Demand Matthew Marks Gallery

“It is hard to believe that all that you see in Thomas Demand’s work are sculptures made of paper, he then photographs. Each Daily depicts an everyday scene originally captured by the artist on his cell phone re-created in paper and cardboard.”

“On a pair of separate video monitors suspended from the ceiling, two short films play on continuous loop. The films were created through a similar process, starting out as paper models before being photographed and animated in stop motion.”

In this upcoming exhibition, divided into two different rooms, you’ll be able to witness 7 new photographs and 2 new films, that Demand creatively presents as an installation.

Live through: April 7th, 2018

Location: 523 West 24th Street

www.matthewmarks.com


Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud – Acquavella Galleries

Culture Music Art Exhibitions in NY Wayne Thiebaud Acquarella Galleries

“This beautiful show features twenty landscapes by California painters Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud who were also close friends. Themes explored include their use of vibrant color, painterly texture, sense of light, and aerial perspective.”

“Richard Diebenkorn & Wayne Thiebaud: California Landscapes”, is the first joint exhibition with these two artists, that we also pretty close friends.

“Themes explored in the show will include their use of vibrant color, painterly texture, sense of light, and aerial perspective.”

Diebenkorn was born in Portland, Oregon back in 1922, while Thiebaud was born in Meza, Arizona in 1920. Diebenkorn is well-known for his work of abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

Thiebaud, on the other hand, is associated primarily with Pop Art, but also New Realism and, as Diebenkorn, the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

This exhibition is a beautiful collaboration,  offering a hardcover catalogue with a critical essay by John Ya, a distinguished curator and art historian.

In addition, it also includes an interview between Museum Director Philippe de Montebello and artist Wayne Thiebaud.

Live through: March 16th, 2018

Location: 18 East 79th Street

www.acquavellagalleries.com


So, if you enjoyed Gisela Gueiros’ 7 best art exhibitions in New York, she will be presenting her own curated show with opening night on March 8th!

It will happen at Bird Williamsburg, with art work from great names like: Alice Quaresma, Lisa Schilling, Polly Shindler, Talita Zaragoza, Bia Monteiro, Julia Brandão, Sandra Jávera, Cela Luz, Maíra Senise & Ana Bial.

More details to follow, so stay tuned!

www.giselagueiros.com


For the art lover that loves exploring the endless NY art scene, you’ll certainly enjoy our exclusive art tour. Guests uncover the best off-the-beaten-path contemporary art galleries in the city.

Or even, book private art tours to explore a few open air museums upstate, during a priceless day trip. For Corporate Experience with your team, or to “wow” your clients, let our experts cater it all for you!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Collection MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. © Tarsila do Amaral Licenciamentos; Installation View, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, 2017. © 2017 Stefan Hagen; Dan Flavin; Ellsworth Kelly, Broad Street Studio, New York, 1956.© Onni Saari, courtesy Ellsworth Kelly Studio; Zoe Leonard – CC BY-SA 4.0; Matthew Marks Gallery – Thomas Demand; Wayne Thiebaud, Green River Lands, 1998, Collection of Matthew Bult Art, © Wayne Thiebaud, Licenced by VAGA, New York, NY and Gisela Gueiros.

Exclusive Art Tours in New York City

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Art Tours in New York City

Come explore our exclusive Art Tours in New York City! The city that never sleeps had endless option for the art connoisseurs and aspiring artists and fans!

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Art Tours in New York City

We know that New York City is considered one of the best places in the planet for the art lovers! There is just so much to see that it can get quite overwhelming, especially when you have so little time in the city.

We offer some exclusive art tours in New York City that will blow your mind!

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Having a Masters degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in addition to being an art historian and educator, our partner and art expert offers guided tours through the best contemporary art galleries in Chelsea.

But wait! This is not all!

Why we love it? Many of the places explored are completely off-the-beaten-path and unknown by the touristy crowd! Just how we like it!

The tours have the duration of 2 hours and usually covers from 6 – 7 exhibitions during the walk. At each exhibition, our expert gives an in depth presentation on the artists and their work, using an iPad for additional visual references.

The scheduled tours are US$100/person. You can pay on the day of the tour with cash, credit card or via Venmo or PayPal, directly to our partner.

In case you can’t attend the scheduled tours, private tours are also available on the day and time of your choice. Our clients and readers have greatly enjoyed them, so contact us to book your experience.

In addition, our art expert can be booked for guided tours of specific museums, as well as for visits to the gorgeous outdoor museums upstate for an exclusive and super fun day trip!

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Are you a company looking for Corporate experiences for your team? Or do you need to put together a priceless and memorable experience for your clients? Our team of experts can cater to your needs and create customized experiences!

If you’re in other tours, take a look at our BTSNYC Experiences!

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of our partner.

Tour Of The Underground Art In The NYC Subway

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Underground Art NYC Subway

New York is a haven for art lovers! You’ll not only see great exhibitions at the top museums and breathtaking street arts, but you can also explore the underground art in the NYC subway! Take a look at our NYC tours!

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Underground Art NYC Subway

The New York City subway system is the largest in the world and with hundreds of art installations scattered throughout its 430 stations.

It’s also one of the world’s largest public art galleries. Yeah! We bet you didn’t know this, right?!

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Join the tour guide, Justin Rivers, as he takes you on an in-depth tour of the subway art tapestry, weaved together to tell the complete history of the NYC commuter from Fulton’s first steamboat to the newly minted Second Avenue subway riders.

Co-conceptualized by artist Aaron Asis, it’s a perfect compliment to the popular Underground New York Subway Tour or a fun stand alone for art, history and subway lovers alike.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the hidden terra cotta tiles in Fulton Center;
  • Explore two interactive art pieces hidden in plain sight and the often unseen art of TimesSquare;
  • Learn about the highly anticipated new art in the Second Avenue subway stations;
  • Learn about how an artist framed the 14th Street Union Square station to preserve its history.

DETAILS:
Price: $35 / person
What to know:
 The tour is approximately 2-hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes.
What to wear: 
Bring comfortable shoes, as the tour requires walking up and down stairs.
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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If you’re one of the incurably curious people that loves everything about the NYC’s subway stories and off-the-beat access, you’ll most likely enjoy reading why we love uncovering the NYC subway secrets!

For Corporate Groups or request for Private Tours, contact our experts!

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y. C. (aka NYCLovesNYC)

A Documentary With A Purpose Called “Build Ramps Not Walls”

Culture Music Build Ramps Not Walls Documentary Miguel Angel Lopez by Rebecca Scotti

A new documentary called “Build Ramps Not Walls” is challenging, in a very positive way, the withstanding vow of building a wall between the US and Mexico! Read the interview with Brian Adamkiewicz, the amazing Director behind it!

Culture Music Build Ramps Not Walls Documentary Shooting in Mexico
Brian Adamkiewicz (first to the left), Director of the documentary Build Ramps Not Walls, and his team shooting in Mexico.

Build Ramps Not Walls is the title of a fantastic documentary we’ve recently learned about that was filmed in the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Due to premier in early 2018, the documentary portrays the connection between the Mexican and American skate community.

Using the same construction materials what would be used to build the wall between Mexico and the U.S., this group of extremely passionate skateboarders challenges the “vow” to build this wall that arose after the U.S.A. 2016 Presidential Elections.

So, a group of friends decided to give it a positive response by showing how building ramps with the help of people from different cultures, can bring communities together and have a long-term impact.

As they explain:

“In the process of this construction, we saw skaters from all walks of life come together, overcoming barriers of race, age, gender and economics, to achieve a common goal– the goal to create the most unique DIY park in all of Mexico where Mexicans, Americans, all nationalities can come together and skate.

With each day of construction, we saw that by building a ramp together, the community was not just pouring concrete. We were also promoting an ethic of hard work, encouraging youth leadership, sharing positive role models for local kids, and communicating across culture and language barriers with tolerance and the shared passion of skating.

By building this hard core DIY (Do It Yourself) ramp together, our community has opened opportunities for skaters in the region to improve their skills without having to move to the big city or cross the border. We have put our skate community on the map for potential sponsors. Most importantly, we have offered an alternative solution to how to respond to the divisive rhetoric coming down from politicians these days. We say Build Ramps that unite, Not Walls that divide.”

We talked to Brian Adamkiewicz, the Director of the movie, and learned more about what it’s all about.

1) We know that many people have a negative perspective of the skateboarding community. Why? What are the Truths and Myths behind it?

People have a negative perspective of skateboarding for 1 of 3 reasons:

  1. The attitude of skateboarding from the beginning in the 1960’s was to rebel against society. And everyone thinks every skateboarder has this attitude.
  2. Young kids my sometimes harass, run away from, and sometimes assault security guards/cops. Giving skateboarders a punk image.
  3. The wood and metal within your skateboard unfortunately does destroy property.

Truth is not every skateboarder is going to curse you out if you ask him/her to leave. Skateboarders are humans too, and 9/10 times if you show respect you will get it back.

Skateboarding is an outcast sport. I believe in some way every skateboarder started because they felt like they didn’t fit in where they were.

To me, Skateboarding is not a sport, it doesn’t discriminate against your physique, it is a platform that people can express themselves with.

2) How would you describe the lifestyle and essence behind the true skaters out there, in relation to other sport modalities

It is good to have endurance, stamina, and be in shape like most sports, but with skateboarding there are no rules of regulation. You are allowed to use your creativity and skate any way you want even with a beer belly.

Culture Music Build Ramps Not Walls Documentary Brian Adamkiewicz
Brian Adamkiewicz, Director of the documentary Build Ramps Not Walls, skating in Mexico.

3) How did the idea of this project start? Was there something specific, besides the original controversy of the wall between Mexico and the US, that triggered this project to come to life?

The project started with Rebecca Scotti, the Executive Producer of the movie, that currently lives in Mexico. I’ve known her and her kid, Nathanial, for a several years.

This 6-year-old kid, turned out to be my little skateboard prodigy. He was curious if he was allowed to come back to New York after learning Trump had become president.

An innocent young skater boy, born in Mexico, was all of a sudden asking his mom if he can cross the border.

With such a difficult subject to explain to young boy, we decided to show him what we can build with the same materials, but unite people instead.

So, Rebecca had the idea, but needed help to unfold it and bring it to life. She contacted and invited me to direct and be part of the team So, during my road-trip across the US, I flew to Mexico for 10 days. In another couple of days, I was signing a contract to direct the movie for her.

I went back to New York, sorted some things out, and flew back to shoot for 3 full months.

4) How was the experience of being there and seeing this project unfold? How would you explain the opportunity of witnessing the development, growing relationship and bonding of this community?

The experience for me was life changing. I saw a community become one right before my eyes all because of the love of skateboarding.

At first, it was a bit challenging communicating with everybody, but towards the end my friends understood my “Spanglish” and I was becoming one step closer to being a fluent Spanish speaker.

After the three months in Mexico, I felt like I really got to know everyone and became part of their family/community.

5) What were the main skills that kids and others involved in building the ramp were able to improve or develop?

The main skills that the kids developed in this process was knowing what it takes to build something. So, when it is done, you can truly admire your work and respect it like it is yours.

Plus, they also learned about team work, being dedicated and committed to a project and a bigger cause. And still, they dealt with unexpected problems that arouse throughout the project. It was definitely life changing.

6) Does the project have a long-term mission of expanding to other locations?

Personally, I’d love to keep working with everyone to continue building ramps for kids and creating opportunities for communities to build and unite.

We have ideas of building in Ukraine, New Mexico, or Texas for our next project. In addition, we’d like to collaborate with other skateboarding movements, like the Gnarmads.

Our goals are to unite places that are divided and also build in States in the US that are close the “the wall”.

7) How has this project impacted the local community involved in it? After the ramp was finished, was there any unexpected outcome from this project?

People from 5 years to 45 years old helped build the ramps. Kids who never met each other before the film are now best friends who skate together.

We first added a ramp to the Shore Park in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico. Following this first project, we added another ramp to the Puerto Vallarta Municipal Skatepark of Mexico.

In addition, the 3rd one was a first and completely new ramp in Havana, Cuba.

Two kids went back to school after dropping out, one kid is on a cross country tour with his new sponsors paying for the whole thing, ramps are continuing getting built, a girl in our film is hosting art shows around Mexico.

And, most importantly, people really believe in our movement way more than they did in the beginning and want to keep it alive.

8) So, what are the next steps? When can people expect to see the final project?

Post Production is in the final stages. We shall be entering the film into many festivals in the beginning of 2018.

The final project will hopefully be screening exclusively at a festival if we get accepted. And, after that we will have public screenings around the US & Mexico.


Thank you, Brian, for the great narrative about this fantastic journey of transforming a brilliant idea and bringing this project to life!

We certainly support the mission and believe in it changing the lives of so many more people.

Thank you!

Furthermore, keep posted for upcoming new about the release and public screenings!

 

Photo Credit: Miguel Ángel López V. Courtesy of Rebecca Scotti and Courtesy images.

6 Hip Spots In Carroll Gardens By A Brooklyn-based Art Expert

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Vertical

Brooklyn is the most populous Borough in New York and is growing more each day, with amazing neighborhoods to visit. Come explore 6 hip spots in Carroll Gardens through the eyes of Gisela Gueiros, a Brooklyn-based art expert!

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens

We love absolutely everything about Brooklyn!

As we mentioned above, it’s the largest Borough in New York in terms of population – even though Queens is bigger in size.

Every day there is a new place opening, a cool event happening and new Brooklyn-based artists emerging with their talent and creativity. New Yorkers and visitor are more and more open in exploring this special part of New York.

The best part? They always go home, amazed with everything they #uncovered during the day (or night – after all, Brooklyn’s nightlife is surely intriguing).

Our Contributor, Gisela Gueiros, is herself Brooklyn-based and shared with us 6 hip spots in Carroll Gardens, for you to visit!

If you’re an art expert or aspiring to learn more about New York City’s art scene, take a look at Gisela’s next curated art exhibition that will take place this upcoming Saturday.

Where? In Brooklyn, of course!


Bar: June

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens June

“I recently went with friends to June. A charming and cozy bar located on Court Street. There are some great appetizers on the menu, wonderful wines with a never ending “happy hour” vibe. What to expect? Many stylish couples and groups of friends that just left work in Manhattan and decided to come chill, in Brooklyn.”

This natural wine bar in Carroll Gardens is the place to go if you’re a wine lover! After all, they’ve been named one of the Best Wine Bars in New York.

It’s also a great spot to have a party or a celebration. They don’t take reservations, except in these cases, so be sure to try and get there early.

Hours:
Happy Hours: Monday – Friday: 5pm – 7pm
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 12am | Friday & Sat: 5:30pm – 1am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Location: 231 Court Street

www.junebk.com


Boutique Hotel: NU Hotel

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Boutique NU Hotel

“The most popular hotel in the area is the NU Hotel, in Downtown Brooklyn. The location is super convenient since it’s pretty close to Manhattan! A cool option for anyone who has come to NYC a lot and now wants to explore Brooklyn a bit. In addition, you’ll definitely be saving on the stay, since it’s cheaper than Manhattan. You can walk to several neighborhoods that are nearby: Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene and Carroll Gardens.”

The hotel is inspired in the bustling Brooklyn art scene and is one of Brooklyn’s top boutique hotels. Rooms are all “loft inspired”, very modern and with art works of local artists.

Amenities range from a full mini bar to L’Occitane bath products. There are some rooms with bunkbeds and even with cool hammocks to relax!

Definitely a place to consider if you’re looking for accommodation options in Brooklyn!

Location: 85 Smith Street

www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com


Bookstore: Books Are Magic

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Books Are Magic

“If the weather is not good, my favorite activity is to go with my kids (7-year old twins), to a bookstore. Here in the neighborhood my favorite one is called Books Are Magic. The front part is dedicated to adult books and in the back area is exclusively for children. There are poufs for them to lay, while they read, as well as a great selection of books.”

We are huge fans of bookstores and specially if they have these kids section. In this crazy digital work, these are the spots we also love escaping to for some downtime.

Books Are Magic is an independently owned store, by the local Brooklynites Emma Straub and Michael Fusco-Straub.

The store has a fantastic book curation and they also host some of the coolest events – mostly super exclusive talks and discussions with the authors themselves!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 225 Smith Street

www.booksaremagic.net


Street: Court Street

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens by Smoking Nun
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Smoking Nun

“Although Smith Street is the most well-known street in Carroll Gardens, I really enjoy to stroll down Court Street! It’s a bit more ‘low key’ and full of small shops, where we find everything from vintage décor and cinemas to salons and children’s play areas. You can spend all day exploring!”

The street spans from Brooklyn Heights, down through Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, ending in Red Hook.


Coffee Shop: East One Coffee Roasters

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens East One Coffee Roasters

“To start or end your exploration day, have tea or coffee at East One Coffee Roasters. They have impeccable service! You also have the option to sit down to eat brunch, lunch or dinner in their back area, where there is a fantastic restaurant. The fresh peas risotto is to-die-for!”

This is a place where they really dedicate time to their coffee! Not only do they source it, but they also roast and brew their own coffee.

In addition, if you did love their coffee, you can also purchase their different blends and brew it at home before starting your day!

Plus, if you’re into comfort food, then this is the place for you! As said above, their food is to-die-for!

Hours:
Coffee Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 7pm
Eatery Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 384 Court Street

www.eastonecoffee.com


Restaurant: Bar Bruno

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Bar Bruno

“I love Bar Bruno. It’s very laid back and lively, the restaurant serves good Mexican food and a very upbeat soundtrack too. The last time I went there, the waiter sang and danced to Sizzla while serving guacamoles and margaritas. The décor is inspired in the world of soccer. Brazilians will surely feel at home.”

Bar Bruno is inspired in the 1960’s styled bars, with touches of European and Mexican cafeterias. They are a great neighborhood spot, with good food at reasonable prices, plus, great music!

So, if you’re a Mexican food lover, craving your next best taco or margarita cocktail, this is the place to go!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 12am

Location: 520 Henry Street

http://barbrunonyc.com


Curiosities Our Bucket Lists Carroll Gardens Rythym Exhibition by Gisela Gueiros

Lastly, Gisela is an amazing Art Expert and Curator in New York.

So, if you’re into the art scene, or want to start exploring and learning about it, you might want to start by attending her upcoming show!

On October 28th, Saturday, Gisela invites everyone to join her next curated event, Rhythm. It’s a collaboration between arts and music, with the artists Alice Quaresma and Sandra Jávera.

DJing for the night, will be the amazing Brazilian beauty, Renata do Valle.

It will take place at the record store Superior Elevation, in East Williamsburg, and it will be fantastic!

Great art, energetic music, fantastic space and most certainly the coolest, cultured crowd!

Plus, there will be some amazing posters for sale for US$60/each.

Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Superior Elevation – 100 White Street

www.superiorelevation.com


We hope you enjoy exploring the charming neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.

Stay tuned of other upcoming Bucket Lists!

And, if you need help in putting together an itinerary to explore Brooklyn, reach out to our experts. In addition, if you’re looking for assistance regarding a Corporate group or organizing activities for your team, see how our Corporate Services works!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gisela Gueiros, The Smoking Nun and venues

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