Gulliver’s Gate: See this Mini-World!

Here at Waterside, we’re proud to have one of the most diverse communities in New York City. With residents from France, China, Italy, Turkey, Spain, South Africa and many more countries, we’re like a mini-globe!

For another mini-international world, check out the new Gulliver’s Gate in Times Square.

“Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels told of an 18th century adventurer entering fantastical, hidden places where he discovered his expectations challenged and his sense of wonder expanded. It is our goal to do the same for the 21st century, with an immersive display that utilizes the latest interactive technology to make the experience of an intricate and tiny world even more rich and engaging.

As any New Yorker will tell you, the whole world exists in NYC.

With Gulliver’s Gate, we take that notion seriously, transporting you to the world’s most intriguing places and most captivating time periods.”

Visit the exhibit at 216 W 44th Street, where you’ll see miniature examples of Europe, the Middle East, Asia…

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And, of course, NYC!

Tasty NYC Museums

We made it through yesterday’s snowfall! Time for a treat.

How about a tasty excursion?

Bring your family to these museums to excite their tastebuds – as well as their cerebrums.

Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard Street)

Open noon to 6pm, Friday to Sunday, this museum in Williamsburg has exhibits you can eat! Can you say that about the Guggenheim?

Their goal is “to show how exciting it is to learn about the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink”.

Showing now: “Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant” which examines the nearly 170-year history of Chinese American restaurants and its evolution, as well as cultural identity, and what it means to be American. Learn how Chinese Americans persevered despite harsh circumstances and created one of America’s most beloved cuisines.

Experience menus through the decades, as well as chef-designed tastings. You can also: See live demos of a 1,500 pound fortune cookie machine which contains messages of goodwill from around the world – and even submit your own message via Project Fortune.

Plus, on Saturday, March 18th, the museum has a special family program:

Choco-Story New York, Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres (350 Hudson Street)

This just opened this month!

Jacques Torres (of the renowned chocolate factory and store, Jacques Torres Chocolate) is known as “Mr Chocolate“. The store prides itself on purity: Confections made with no preservatives, artificial flavorings or essential oils. And he can school you on chocolate – because knows his stuff! In addition to being the master of his store, he’s a Master Pastry Chef, and in 1986, became the youngest pastry chef in history to earn the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France) medal in pastry. He’s also the Dean of Pastry Arts at the International Culinary Center, was the Executive Pastry Chef at Le Cirque for 12 years, is the author of three cookbooks – and the host of a number of series on Food Network and PBS.

His Chocolate Museum is New York’s first ever chocolate museum!

The 5,000 sq. foot museum (open daily from 10am to 5pm) offers: “a self-guided tour of original artifacts, nine premium tastings, original Mayan hot chocolate freshly ground by hand, and a bon-bon making demonstration”. Moreover, “visitors will also be able to learn about the journey of the cacao tree from the Amazonian rainforest and the origins of the chocolate we eat today.”

And if that doesn’t already sound as though it’s got plenty of kid-appeal, there’s also a kids’ corner!

Want to make your own chocolates? Customers can book a class to learn how to make the delights – and bring their creations home.  Like a an art class – only more delectable!

UN Singers Choir Director Present Chorale Music With Tango Flavor

Mistango and Vaisman Chorale

Here’s a new twist on holiday music. Our international community may be especially interested to know that Guillermo Vaisman, Choir Director of the wonderful UN Singers, which has performed at Waterside Plaza several times, will be presenting a fascinating musical project: essentially, a mass with a tango flavor called Mistango, conducted by the Vaisman Chorale and NY Tango 6. A must-hear event for those interested in chorale music. Mistango will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 7 PM.