Marvelous Magic in the City

Did last month’s Magic at Waterside event re-ignite your interest in magic and mind tricks?

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Lovely Lunar Activities This Weekend

This Chinese New Year marks the Year of the Pig.

Enjoy these Lunar New Year celebratory activities for you and your kids tomorrow (Saturday, February 9th)!
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2-For-1 Tickets to Must See Museums!

City, art, culture and history lovers: You’re in luck! NYC: The Official Guide’s “Must-See Week” gets you into many of the city’s best museums at 2-for-1 pricing.

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Educational Entertainment Over the Holidays

If you’re in the mood to be entertained over the holidays, here are a few of our picks for smart family fun in the city:

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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.