New York

Kenzo Digital’s New, Multilevel Installation in New York

Brooklyn artist Kenzo Digital has transformed the heart of Midtown Manhattan into infinite artwork in the sky in Air, his new, permanent art installation at Summit One Vanderbilt, the Snøhetta-designed top three floors of the 93-story skyscraper that opened next to Grand Central Station last September. A reflective chamber of light and glass in which nearly every surface becomes another vantage on New York City, Air has to be seen to be believed, an observation deck that doubles as an immersive work of art. Altogether, there are 25,000 square feet of mirrors. “Even if I wanted to describe what you’re about to walk into in words, language is a bit limiting,” Kenzo warned Artnet News at ground level, before our visit began. The experience …

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Banksy Gets the ‘Immersive Van Gogh’ Treatment

One does not expect the first big New York fall art show one attends to be Banksy, but the Art Gods will have their say.  Just hours before the remnants of Hurricane Ida steamrolled the New York region, I made my way to an exhibition space on 14th Street, near a Foot Locker and a Pinkberry, for the sprawling show “Banksy: Genius or Vandal?” The traveling exhibition (one of several currently making the rounds) offers a deluge of some 100 prints by the famed street artist, whose guerrilla works—sometimes politically incisive, sometimes absurdly humorous, sometimes just cute—have captivated a mass audience for years. The show contains a VR experience, a video montage of the anonymous artist’s works, and scene-setting flourishes …

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The Immersive Van Gogh Installation in New York

As immersive Van Gogh light experiences have opened all across the country this summer, our staff noticed a distinct tread: Our moms were contacting us about them. Whether it was the magic of Van Gogh in family lore or the magic of Facebook’s targeted marketing, the phenomenon was real. But should we actually recommend the experience to our moms? Did it hold up? Last month, Seija Goldstein visited the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in downtown New York—and so of course we wanted to share her review. Here it is. Date of Visit: June 30, 2021 Travel to Location: I ventured to take the subway for the first time since early March 2020. It was not too crowded at midday, and …

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Where Can Tourists Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in New York City?

Where can tourists get a COVID-19 vaccine in New York City? The Big Apple has started vaccinating visitors to the city in popular tourist spots like Times Square and the High Line to boost both tourism as well as overall vaccine numbers, the city’s mayor announced. The plan, approved by the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was activated after the state updated its eligibility guidelines to include anyone over the age of 16 who lives in the United States. Previously it was limited to people who lived or worked in New York. The vaccine effort will provide U.S. tourists with one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots at mobile vaccination hubs. In addition to places like Times Square, the shots will be set …

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When is the Best Time to Book a Flight to New York?

When is the best time to book a flight to New York? The Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, the center of it all… Any savvy traveler knows that New York City is the ultimate can’t-miss destination. No matter where you’re from, you have to make a trip to NYC at some point in your life. Don’t stress: You can visit New York on a budget. Remember to search for cheap flights and hotels in New York. After analyzing data and travel trends, we’ve gotten more clarity on the best time to book a flight to New York. However, it’s always smart to keep an eye out for last-minute surprise deals and to be flexible with travel dates and …

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Experience Yayoi Kusama’s profound connection with nature in New York

A Yayoi Kusama exhibition opening this week at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) will include a newly commissioned version of the Japanese artist’s celebrated series of immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms, the centrepiece of many Kusama shows. The work Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart (2020) comprises a cube-like glass structure with a reflective surface pierced by small holes, but it may only remain viewable from the outside depending on state-wide restrictions. The NYBG had planned to charge visitors an extra $10 (in addition to the $35 admission) to enter the installation but has announced that it will wait until the summer to evaluate whether state guidelines will permit visitors to enter the work. While it does not share information on ticket sales, …

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Can I Travel to New York Right Now?

After a very rough year, eager travelers want to know, Can I travel to New York right now? In the U.S., New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. Hospitals struggled to manage a massive influx of patients and an underprepared infrastructure. The 2020 summer season in New York offered a brief respite, but a rise in infections occurred over the year-end holiday season. New lockdown measures across NYC were imposed; case numbers are dropping but the city isn’t completely out of the woods yet. However, swift vaccine rollout means that as time goes on, the panorama looks better every day. If you’re hoping to plan travel to New York, read on for all of the …

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