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When real estate in New York City is at a premium and green space is hard to come by, the logical decision may be to start looking underground. Such was James Ramsey's epiphany when he pitched the world's first subterranean public park to collaborators Dan Barasch and R. Boykin Curry IV back in 2009. The Lowline will use advanced solar technology to strategically filter light into the abandoned Williamsburg Bridge ...
There are few art exhibitions where a fantasy Japanese game show, Félix Candela-inspired tree house, and a participant-controlled sensory visual installation stand side by side. One of those places is Figment . Costume-clad city dwellers board the Governors Island ferry in droves for the free, three-day participatory arts event that not only showcases what innovative ...
Urban Arts Partnership is the largest arts education non-profit in the city, deploying over 100 teaching artists to work with teens in historically marginalized and underserved communities throughout the school year. Through arts and creativity high school students explore concepts of identity and social justice while learning the hard skills necessary to be successful artists.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan. Built in 1765 by British colonel Roger Morris, the historic landmark has witnessed over two centuries of change and challenges, once even serving as military headquarters for George Washington and his men during the Revolutionary War. And while museum staff interpret the site to thousands of visitors through tours and educational programming each year, so...
After having two boys, Tracey Barton-Herishen couldn't wait till the day she'd be signing her daughter up for dance classes and cheerleading tryouts. But at just five years old Zoe fell in love with skateboarding and Tracey officially accepted her role as Skater Mom. It wasn't long before Zoe noticed she was an anomaly at the skatepark and longed to meet other female action sport fanatics like herself to share her passion and swap tricks. She discovered a...
Now it's ninth year, the World Science Festival was launched in an effort to foster a community informed, inspired, and motivated by the wonder of science outside of laboratories and classrooms. Today WSF and ConEd are bringing science to the boroughs through a pilot initiative entitled "City of Science." The series launches in the Bronx at Lehman College where ...
Band teachers across the country live to share their love of music with students and inspire the next generation of great musicians. However, woodwind instruments and Bach fugues fall a little short of igniting passion for performance among youth. Whether a school has been stripped of its music education or is looking to revamp an existing band program, Amp Up NYC brings music to New York City publi...
The best place to build up confidence might be where you can get knocked down. And bruised. And separate a shoulder or two. The aptly named "crashpad" located in East Willamsburg is the site of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, the only non-profit, all-female, skater-operated derby league in the city that bears its name. Since 2003, GGRD and its diverse collection of world champion skaters have worked hard ...
"Without persona, what do you have?" asks guest instructor Joey Casey from the Textile Arts Center to a room of 20 juniors at the High School of Art and Design. Twice a week for the last semester students enrolled in the "Exploring the Arts" program have been gathering at drafting tables to examine this question. From rough sketches to finished, wearable garments; you...
Birds scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth, but sadly we don't speak bird. -Kurt Cobain Over 275 species of bird live or pass through Central Park. These students can identify them without using a pair of binoculars; at least they’re starting to. As a part of the New York City Audubon’s educational initiatives, "Birdi...