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Scaffolding off of the Met life Clock Tower Building

After what seems like years, it is nice to see the scaffolding and construction elevators off of the side of the Met Life Clock Tower Building (5 Madison Avenue) on the East side of Madison Square Park.

It will reportedly open as an Ian Schrager/Marriott Edition hotel in 2015. They were in talks to sell the building to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority but it is unclear if that went through. It is still listed on the Edition website.

If it does go through, the hotel should have gorgeous views of the park and the city and the quaint feel of our neighborhood (versus Times Square or Central Park South’s bustle).

Now if they can only get the historic clock going again…

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Madison Square Park and Tree Lighting set for December 9th

One of the oldest (if not the oldest) tree lighting ceremony in the United States is happening again on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. The event is free and features:

  • madison square park holiday treeA horticultural workshop
  • A Reading Rangers story time reading of kid’s stories Love Monster and the Perfect Present and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Music from New School Jazz Quartet, Motown the Musical, The New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox
  • Gingerbread Boulevard, a one-of-a-kind collection of three life-sized Gingerbread houses
  • Tree ornamentation with holiday bulbs made of hand-blown glass and gold wire from The City of Strasbourg, France
  • Free holiday treats from Hill Country Chicken (Apple Bites and Apple Cider), SD26 Restaurant (Pappa Pomodoro tomato soup), and Frittering Away (Hot Apricot Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade).

It starts at 3:30pm with the tree lighting at 5pm. The event is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Jennifer Lopez, J Lo, buys penthouse apartment on Madison Square Park

the whitmanThe New York Daiiy News reports that Jennifer Lopez (J. Lo.) has gone into contract on the penthouse condo at the Whitman Building that overlooks the beautiful north side of Madison Square Park. The 4 unit building has become the celebrity residence in the area, as her other neighbors are Chelsea Clinton and Nascar legend Jeff Gordon.

The Penthouse unit has two floors with 6,540 square feet of interior space and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Amenities include a full time doorman, private storage, private elevator landing, a gym and of course highly coveted views of Madison Square Park. The reported sale price was $22 million, but we likely will not know the real price until it is officially and publicly filed with the city. You can see more photos of the unit and the building at

We don’t report the address of celebrities in the neighborhood (even though this is widely publicized) but it is on the 26th Street block between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue on the north side of Madison Square Park. Other residential buildings on the block include the Grand Madison and 15 Madison Square North.

Dafnis Prieto Sextet and Yosvany Terry Quintet play free concert in Madison Square park this evening

It’s Latin and Cuban jazz this evening from 6pm-8:30pm with the Dafnis Prieto Sextet (Latin Jazz) and the Yosvany Terry Quintet (Cuban Jazz)playing a free outdoor concert on the oval lawn of Madison Square Park. It’s part of the Madison Square Conservancy Oval Lawn music series.

Here is a video of Dafnis Prieto Sextet performing at the SF Jazz Fest:


Three 40 foot bronze tree sculptures to be next art exhibit in Madison Square Park

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The next public art installation in Madison Square Park will be three 40-foot bronze tree sculptures by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The installation will go up September 26th, 2013, and run through February 9, 2014.

Statement from the artist: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.

The sculptures are 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, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

The current installation, Red, Yellow and Blue by Orly Genger, is set to come down September 8th, 2013


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