Become a Gelato Chef in Kips Bay

We love ice cream at Waterside – so much so that we have a number of Community Center events geared to the tasty dairy dessert, including the upcoming Ice Cream Sundae Social.
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Robert Downey at Waterside!

We were thrilled to welcome Director Robert Downey and Film Critic Glenn Kenny to the first in our “Conversations @ Waterside” series at The Lewis Davis Pavilion.
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Savoring & Savings! At Natsumi Tapas

Tasty Japanese-Italian fusion fare – and wonderful value!

Kips Bay’s Natsumi Tapas has these special offers:

Bento box - at Natsumi Tapas in Kips Bay

Black Friday Bonus

Any gift cards purchased on Black Friday magically increase in value! OK, it’s not magic – they have computers to add on the savings – but it’s still exciting! They’ll add 20% to what you spent on the card.

Dinner and a Show

Have dinner pre-show, and there’s another discount for you – 10% off your meal!

This Kips Bay Hologram Museum is Making Headlines

A short walk from Waterside, you’ll find the museum Mashable deemed: “The Number One Obscure Museum in America”.

Located in Kips Bay, at 240 East 26th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave), inside a former blacksmith’s forge, Holographic Studios, has been around creating and educating people about holograms since 1979 – all thanks to “Dr. Laser” (aka Jason Arthur Sapan):

“He’s the science teacher you wish you had in high school, someone who makes physics and chemistry fun and who talks with infectious excitement. The nickname was given to him by a colleague 45 years ago.” – Geek.com

Dr. Laser gives a tour, at Holographic Studios. (Via holographer.com)
Dr. Laser gives a tour, at Holographic Studios. (Via holographer.com)

You’ll likely meet him on your visit, especially since he gives the majority of the tours.

“If you decide to take one of our tours you will get to visit our subterranean laser laboratory that is right out of Back to the Future. Imagine seeing pictures where the images literally jump right out of the wall. Some of our holograms are like what you have seen in films like Star Wars but real. You’ll see things that you have never seen before. Images that seem so real that you will think they are there, but they are actually holographic images recorded with lasers on film.” – Jetline Cruise

And you can create your own holograms too!

While the museum has been around for 40 years, over the past few months it’s been profiled in a number of major sites and publications – like Business Insider:

Learn more about Dr. Laser and the museum on this recent WFUV interview.

Fun Family Photo Opps

Need photos of your kids? Ones where they’re actually having fun? These places succeed in being both kid-friendly and Instagram-worthy.

We’ve selected one in our Kips Bay neighborhood, and a few imaginative others in Chelsea.

New experiences for your family await at the over 70 exhibits of the Museum of Illusions. Learn how easily your mind can be fooled – and why!

Illusion of girl's head on a plate - at Museum of Illusions
(From Museum of Illusions’ Instagram @moi_newyork)

Stop by the “world’s first magic-themed interactive exhibition”: New York Magic Lab, which offers installations with magic tricks, holograms and Augmented Reality (AR).

Girl in tophat with dice above her - at NY Magic Lab
(Photo from New York Magic Lab’s Instagram: @newyorkmagiclab)

In November, Disney’s immersive “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture.


Timeless Icon | Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

Back here in Kips Bay, there’s the newly opened Fairy Island exhibit with: “6 magical multi-sensory installations to inspire an exciting exploratory and engaging atmosphere for visitors”.

Brightly colored paper, flying around young, happy girl - at Fairy Island NYC in Kips Bay
(From Fairy Island’s Facebook: @fairyislandnyc)

There are a number of other picture-perfect pop-ups! Take a look at what else is on now.