On the East River Ferry: Please Touch the Art at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The East River Ferry
The East River Ferry. Source: eastriverferry.com

The second coolest thing about living on the water? The hands-down best deal on river boat rides is outside your door. (The #1 coolest thing is the views, of course.) While tourists pay hundreds of dollars to circle the East River on a crowded boat, New Yorkers in the know hop the East River Ferry for little more than the price of a subway fare. With the E. 34th Street ferry terminal just steps from the north end of Waterside Plaza, it only makes sense to introduce our new blog series On the East River Ferry, covering the best Summer 2015 events at each stop. First up: Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art, which opened last weekend at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2006
Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2006. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing Source: publicartfund.org

One of Denmark’s most celebrated artists, Jeppe Hein brings his whimsical, inclusive aesthetic to our city’s most inclusive public place–the New York City park. We’re betting Appearing Rooms (pictured above) will be his most popular installation, and for good reason, since it really lets you kid out, moving from space to space as jets of water rise and fall around you. But there are 18 installations total scattered throughout the park, and if you find them all, you can tweet/gram your completed hunt to @PublicArtFund #PleaseTouchTheArt to receive a prize!

eppe Hein Mirror, Labyrinth NY, 2015  Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing.
Jeppe Hein Mirror, Labyrinth NY, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

Another sure-favorite for those of us forever in love with this city is Mirror Labyrinth NY, a stainless steel installation mirroring New York City. There is also a series of Modified Social Benches (below), which reinvents the concept of the park bench as a graceful, looping social adventure–which really, every park visit should be. Of course, there’s tons more to do at Brooklyn Bridge Park, including plenty of good eating nearby in DUMBO so go ahead and make a day of it and stay tuned to our ongoing events coverage–no doubt we’ll be back in Brooklyn soon.

Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench NY #06, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org
Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench NY #06, 2015. Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen Photo: James Ewing. Source: publicartfund.org

A Photoblog Post: Here Comes the Sun at Waterside Plaza

Sun rising over Waterside's Plaza umbrellas.
Dawn rolls over Waterside’s plaza umbrellas

After a couple of miserable, gray days in New York City, the sun will come out tomorrow, just as little orphan Annie predicted! Weather.com reports blue skies and 0% chance of rain through the weekend in the 10010 (Gramercy Park) zip code. Here are a few recent photos we took at sunrise to chase away the rainy day blues while you wait–you just “gotta hang on ’til tomorrow.”

Morning sun on the water, East River
Morning sun reflected on the water, East River
A quiet corner to watch the sunrise at Waterside Plaza.
A quiet corner to watch the sunrise at Waterside Plaza
A glorious morning sky over Queens
A glorious morning sky over Queens, NY

Avast, A Pirate Ship Spotted on the East River!

Pirate ship spotted sailing past Waterside Plaza, East River, Oct 1, 2014
Pirate ship spotted sailing past Waterside Plaza, East River, October 2, 2014

So we overshot Talk Like A Pirate Day by a couple of weeks–it’s still not every day you see an old-timey ship straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean sail past your window on a misty day! What’s this apparition doing in the middle of the East River? Did somebody just take ThrowbackThursday really literally? Why is the rum gone?

Our best guess is we saw The Clipper City Tall Ship, a pre-Civil War era full-sail schooner operated by Manhattan By Sail, a company that offers sailboat harbor tours by day, sunset, or night. All you landlubbers looking to become scurvy sea dogs should check it out. As Captain Jack Sparrow says, “Now bring me that horizon.”

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