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Little Island June 6, 2021

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 I have been a fan of this idea since inception and was not disappointed when I visited the opening this week. There’s a lot of info here about the design, concept and people behind this new NYC space that is close to High Line and Whitney Museum. “In 2013, Barry Diller, in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust  leadership, embarked on the unique opportunity to envision a solution for the repair and reactivation of Pier 54,  damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Diller chose to reimagine an entirely new type of public space for New York, one that would create an immersive experience with nature and art”. It is easy to find and is entered via West 14th Street. From my perspective, NYC is coming back better than ever. Here is a sample of one of the glowing reviews about this new public free space. Please go visit and enjoy.

Kusama – Cosmic Nature at NYBG May 30, 2021

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 Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama  at age 92 is still going strong. This fun, colorful exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden is on through Halloween – which makes sense since she has a great admiration for pumpkins..as do I. ‘Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers’. Along with the fun installations in the Conservatory, there are several walk through immersive installations throughout the garden. We had a great time and the beautiful weather day was like icing on the cake. I highly recommend this to all.

Library of Congress May 16, 2021

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This photo folder has been on my desktop since January of 2014. Not sure why I decided today would be a good time to post this photos…but here they are. All I remember about our day at the Library of Congress was that it was a great tour with truly interesting facts. Sadly I remember nothing that I learned that day. Sigh. However – thanks to the internet I was able to link some fascinating info for you here and here. That same trip we also went to the National Zoo to see baby panda Bao Bao. For those that need an animal fix each Sunday here is the link to that photo montage.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum November 25, 2018

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We decided to mix it up on our recent mini-New England zoocation. Founded in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, in Lincoln, MA just 20 miles west of Boston. It was a fun adventure type of visit.

Georgia O’keeffe at the New York Botanical Garden June 16, 2018

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We spent a delightful day at the NYBG where 17 rarely seen Hawaiian paintings by Georgia O’keeffe are on display. The Conservatory is adorned with flowers and plants from Hawaii that influenced these works. The show is on thru October 28th and I encourage you to visit. Don’t miss the short video and of course the paintings (in the Mertz Library) which explains why she went and how she was inspired by the islands.

Hello Kitty (Part Four) March 26, 2017

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I love art and I love cats and dogs. Inserting my three cats – Madison, Audrey and Roberta and now, Jack the Dog into famous masterpieces is just plain fun. For those on facebook you can become a fan of Audrey and Roberta with Jack the Dog and join 300 other fans and follow their adventures each day.

Frida Kahlo – NY Botanic Garden October 18, 2015

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portraitFrida Kahlo – Art – Garden – Life at the NY Botanic Garden has been a blockbuster show with over 750,000 people attending over the past few months. We went early on a beautiful sunny day and had the place almost to ourselves. The Haupt Conservatory has been re-imagined as Casa Azul, the home she shared with Diego Rivera in Mexico City. The Mertz Library features 14 original works (no photography allowed – so we took mental pictures). If you cannot make it to the Garden by November 1st, enjoy today’s montage.FRIDA

The Cloisters October 28, 2012

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A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters is located in beautiful Fort Tryon Park, overlooking the Hudson River. The museum and gardens are devoted to the art of medieval Europe. I love this place.  It is a quick trip on the A train and a lovely walk through the park.  On your way to the Cloisters, do not forget to stop and have a fabulous lunch at the New Leaf Cafe.  The cafe is a part of Bette Midler’s NYRP which is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.  All proceeds from the New Leaf Cafe support New York Restoration Project’s mission of turning forgotten spaces into growing places.

Tomás Saraceno ‘s Cloud City October 3, 2012

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A visit to the Metropolitan Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden through November 4th will allow you to see Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno ‘s Cloud City.  This installation is fun, spatially disorienting and well worth your time.