Winter is Here. Snow is coming. 

Winter is Here. Snow is coming. 

Winter is here and we can soon expect snowfall. 

According to the NYC Administrative Code, every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent (i.e., in front of, on the side of, in back of) to their properties. 

And as you could surmise, there are rules around that snow removal. 

Here is a friendly reminder for businesses, property managers, homeowners, and residents on snow removal guidelines. 

Cooper Hewitt Spinning Chairs

Cooper Hewitt Spinning Chairs

If you wander by 5th Avenue and 90st you can’t help but see Cooper-Hewitt’s beautiful lawn. Although we do visit the inside of the museum – the stunning Carnegie Mansion – last week we visited the outside of the museum. In particular we took the time to take a spin in the fabulously designed Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick and his team, Heatherwick Studio.

No charge to walk into the garden – entrance on 90th Street – and enjoy a spin or relax the shade.

 

To recover from our dizziness and always game to fully use any patch of grass, we enjoyed a game of running bases – there is always a ball in someone’s pocket!  Thankfully the guard was amenable 4 loud people enjoying the lawn!

Isaac Mizrahi Exhibit @ The Jewish Museum

A few weeks back on a rainy spring day, getting stir crazy from being indoors too long, the kids and I hopped in a cab and headed across town to to see the  Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History exhibit. I knew the visit might not be a hit with all the children but my strategy, with kids, is to always keep the museum visits focused and short and then everyone usually enjoys the experience.

The core of the exhibition features iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label (1987 – 1998), the “semi-couture” collections (2003 – 2011), and the line for Target (2002 – 2008) – the first designer partnership done with that store. The show is comprised of 42 “looks” that include clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and costumes for the theater, the opera, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Read more

New York City’s Plastic Bag Bill

plastic bag in treeIt’s the worst part of fall and winter. Once the leaves fall off the trees, the plastic bags caught up in their branches are exposed creating an eyesore that is particularly noticeable in the urban landscape.

Well, come this winter, we may see less of this mess. Soon those bags will cost a nickel in New York City.  The NY City Council has voted 28 to 20 to require certain retailers to collect a fee on each carryout bag, paper or plastic.

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Artexpo New York is this Weekend!

Art Expo NYC bannerThis almost got by me this year!

At Artexpo New York you’ll find more than 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof.  So, if you need to fill that big empty spot over the sofa, this is the pace for you!

The event is held at Pier 94, 135,000 square feet of uninterrupted space. Perfect viewing!

Saturday, April 16th: til 7PM
Sunday, April 17th: 10AM – 6PM

Pier 94Art Expo NYC
711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway)
New York, NY 10019-5399

Spring Crafts Show on Columbus

Lots of street fairs and craft shows are starting up soon – always a good sign that warmer weather is around the corner. 
The Spring Craft on Columbus is one of my favorites. It takes place on the sidewalk next to the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Street. Rows and rows of tents with great crafts, from ceramics to jewelry. Each weekend about 100 artisans exhibit and sell their own work. 

Dates
April 30/May 1, 2016
May 7/8, 2016
May 14/15, 2016 

Show hours
10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine