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Tony Cragg’s Walks of Life is latest art installation in Madison Square Park

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There is a new public art installation in Madison Square Park featuring 3 large bronze sculptures by British artist Tony Cragg composed of “repeated facial profiles and torqueing imagery”. It’s called Walks of Life and it will be up until February 8th, 2015.

The works are dramatic and bold, and a refreshing addition to the park’s lawn and gravel area. Cragg makes something as hard a metal appear malleable and amorphous.

photo(1)parkA Statement from the artist: “I think that sculpture is a kind of sensitizing activity and that it has a role in being a catalyst that may lead to more sensitive thinking. It’s a materialist’s too, which I would hope would also lead to a more open-minded approach to the world around us.”

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The sculpture is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Orly Genger, Iván Navarro, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

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Madison Square Eats Fall 2014 runs from September 5th through October 3rd

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mad sq eats spring 2013The seasonal outdoor food market Mad Sq Eats starts up again September 5th and runs until October 3rd in the Flatiron plaza between 24th and 25th Streets at 5th Avenue. It’s open every day from 11am-9pm, for lunch and dinner (or an afternoon snack).  Each stand typically serves up a menu of 3-5 dishes from their restaurant or bakery, with most items priced at around $8-9. Most everything is made and cooked on location, so it is fresh and flavorful.

This season there will be 29+ food stands, including a few new ones (Breads Bakery, The Gumbo Bros., Turan).

We will post the menus as soon as we collect them, but until then here is the vendor list:

 

The event is hosted by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

 

 

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Madison Square Park celebrates 200th anniversary with event on Saturday, September 6th

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On Saturday, September 6th from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, there will be a party in Madison Square Park to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the naming of the park. Called MAD. SQ. 200, the event will feature an historic fair and a contemporary art party. The historic fair will run from 3-6pm and have activities ‘popular in the early 1800’s and 1900’s, including period-themed performances, interactive games’ (Badminton/Shuttlecock, Croquet, Hopscotch, Marbles, Jump Rope), ‘art, food, and refreshments highlighting these eras’.

More info: “The Museum of Interesting Things will have popular cultural items from the early 1900s on display, New York Life will have a historical photo booth set up, the New York Transit Museum will bring Betsy, a Fifth Avenue Coach Company double decker bus which ran in Manhattan from 1931 until 1953, and Leading Lady Costumes will highlight the clothing and fashion of the early 1800′s and 1900′s. Performers will also include: • Mad. Sq. 200 Quartet, a string quartet with Alumni from the Juilliard School, will perform popular classical music of the early 1800′s, including Schubert’s Quartettsatz, Haydn String Quartet Op. 71 No. 2, and Cherubini String Quartet No. 1 • The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, presenting a 1914-themed, traditional 3-person troupe featuring juggling, diabolos and spinning tops, whip cracking, and sword swallowing • Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, a troupe performing and demonstrating lively dances of the early 1800′s (intricate, yet simple, line dances) and early 1900′s (one-step variations such as the Grizzly Bear and the Lame Duck) in full costume • Kid Ace, an Illusionist/magician performing early 1900′s traditional magic The historic fair transitions into an experiential, contemporary art party called TASK, from 6:00-9:00pm.”

During TASK, they will have DJ’s including DJ Kristine Barilli (6:00 pm to 7:30 pm) and DJ Prestige (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)

There will also be Refreshments for sale from Del’s NYC, LA Newyorkina, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Souvlaki GR.

The whole day is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and New York Life. More info at http://madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-200

 

 

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Madison Square Reads is back Sept 4th through Oct 2nd with author readings in the park

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The Mad Sq Reads 2014 program is back this September with book readings on Thursday evenings in Madison Square Park.

This year’s program kicks off on Thursday September 4th at 6:30pm with novelist Valeria Luiselli (Faces in the Crowd) at the Farragut Monument on the north side of Madison Square Park. Also included in the lineup is local Restaurateur Danny Meyer (Setting the Table).

The readings are free and hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and NeueHouse.

Here is the calendar:

  • Thursday, September 4 from 6:30pm-7:30pm – Valeria Luiselli (Novelist)
  • Thursday, September 25 from 6:30pm-7:30pm – Sarah Ruhl (Playwright)
  • Thursday, October 2 from 6:30pm-7:30pm – Sean Wilsey (Author and Journalist) &  Danny Meyer (Restaurateur and Author)

More info at http://madisonsquarepark.org/news/blog/mad-sq-reads-returns-for-7th-season

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Drone spotted hovering over Madison Square Park

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drone madison square park closeA drone was spotted hovering over the west side of Madison Square Park this morning in what may be a preview of things to come.

Whether it was a hobbyist, official government usage, the park itself, a real estate photographer or someone spying on people or neighbors, you can be confident that there was likely a camera on it.

It was seen around 7:50am this morning and there was no obvious drone pilot on the ground below it.

We are unaware of the legality of flying drones around New York City.

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