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Ride the Ferry to an Old-Time Carousel

Need a dose of nostalgia? Take a ferry to the past!

Head to the nearby East River Ferry (at East 34th Street) and take it to Dumbo to see Jane’s Carousel.

Antique Carousel - Jane's Carousel - in Dumbo, Brooklyn
(From janescarousel.com)

The 1922 carousel was originally manufactured in “the heyday of the American Carousel“, by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and operated in Ohio. It was purchased by Jane and David Walentas, and lovingly restored by Jane Walentas, including hand-scraping the park-paint. (Learn more about the history and restoration.)

It’s won awards of “Best Public Space“.  Justifiably so, because not only is the ride stunning, its location at Dock St & Water St means you ride while taking in the beauty of the city.

It’s also been the site of a number of exciting fashion shoots and videos.

Including this one from “Glee”:

While the carousel may not make everyone feel like a natural woman, as it did for Mercedes Jones, it will certainly make you feel like a natural kid again. Enjoy the ride!

On the East River Ferry: Just 2 Weekends Left of Family Fun on Governors Island!

Last year, we recommended you explore Governors Island before it closed for the year.

With just 2 weekends before that time again, we, via our On the East River Ferry series, want to make sure you catch some of the Island’s great happenings.

Just hop on the E. 34th St. East River Ferry right next to Waterside Plaza, and try events and exhibitions you can enjoy with your kids:

Governors Island Art Fair

Now in its 9th year, this fair “draws visitors into its world of expression, abstraction and narrative, with 100 solo exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, sound and video art side-by-side throughout the sprawling lawns and historic houses of Colonels Row.”

Art Fair - on Governors Island
Photograph by Blair Prentice – on govisland.com

House 7A: A Haunted Encounter

A free immersive haunted house experience where “small groups will be invited in to explore 2 stories of the house to discover its dark history, and piece together the events that led to the 1989 disappearance of previous tenants, the Crowe Family.”

House 7A: A Haunted Encounter - on Governors Island

play:ground

A play space, modeled after a junkyard, where kids can “imagine a world of their own making and  shape their environment using an assortment of materials, tools, water, dirt, and things that others might describe as trash.”

Play: Ground - on Governors Island

The Holocenter Summer Museum

Hauntings… Then holograms! “Explore holographic art – exhibitions featuring holograms, optical projections and experimental visual media”. Presented by the Center for Holographic Arts

The Holocenter Summer Museum - on Governors Island

Have a great weekend!

On the East River Ferry: Last Weekend for Family Fun on Governor’s Island!

Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla. Figment 2015, Governor's Island Architects Source: newyork.figmentproject.org
Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla. Figment 2015, Governor’s Island Architects Source: newyork.figmentproject.org

Next on our On the East River Ferry series, we suggest you hop on the E. 34th St. East River Ferry right next to Waterside Plaza, and take your family to Governor’s Island before it closes for the year this Sunday, September 27, 7PM. Here are the best things to do there this weekend!

Kids playing at Figment 2015. Source: kidonthetown
Kids playing at Figment 2015. Source: kidonthetown

At the top of the list: play like a child (and with your child) at Figment NYC, NYC’s best participatory art event. This year’s interactive projects include a minigolf course and a treehouse!

Earth Matters Compost Farm goat
Earth Matters Compost Farm goat. Source: inhabitat.com

Check out Earth Matter, a working compost farm on the south side of the island, where the whole family can learn how to compost–but the real reason to go? Adorable goats that you can actually take for walks–plus, chickens and rabbits to pet! Your city kid will love it.

Outlook Hill on Governor's Island. Source: ny.curbed.com
Outlook Hill on Governor’s Island. Source: ny.curbed.com

Speaking of earth, you can’t miss the opening preview of Outlook Hill, the new Governor’s Island earth mound 70 feet above New York harbor with incredible 360-degree views of the water and the Statue of Liberty. Outlook Hill will be open this weekend from 11AM-4PM.

Free Arts Outpost on Governor's Island, Children's Museum of the Arts. Source: cmany.org
Free Arts Outpost on Governor’s Island, Children’s Museum of the Arts. Source: cmany.org

Also make sure to take your kids to the Free Art Island Outpost where Children’s Museum of Arts Teaching Artists will lead your kids in free art-making workshops from 11AM-3PM. This is about much as a family can do in one day but if your kids still have energy to burn, there’s also the Hammock Grove climbing play area, cycling, sprinklers, kid-friendly food, and no end of ways to pretend summer isn’t over on Governor’s Island. We hope you have a great weekend!

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