Beyond the Streets

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Beyond the Streets is a huge exhibit on the history and social impact of graffiti. There is imagery from New York City and Los Angeles as well as memorabilia from the graffiti heyday. Anyone even remotely interested in street art would do themselves a favor in going to this expertly curated exhibit. Fans of hip hop will appreciate it as well as it touches on the relationship between the two art forms.

They also have a great gift shop!

The exhibit is located at 25 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and runs Through August 25th.

 

Rosé mansion

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This new attraction minutes from Macy’s and Penn Station is the perfect marriage of Instagram and Rosé wine heaven. Rosé, that blush colored, chilled wine that goes hand in hand with summer is the focus here at this playground for those of us that need to be continually visually stimulated. As you travel through the themed and sometimes educational rooms you get 5 to 6 tastings of different Rosé. Some local some not but all were pretty tasty to me. There were differences between all of them and who know there were so many variations of Rosé. At the end of the “tour” there is a bar where you can purchase additional full glasses of Rosé as well as some snack to help offset the alcohol.

Is those for everyone, no. Is it for those that love rosé and instagramming all their experiences, yes.

 

Gulliver’s Gate

Do you remember the story by Jonathan Swift; Gulliver’s Travels?  Or maybe you are a fan or miniatures and Lionel model trains.  If so I have just the place for you.

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges

Grand Central Terminal

In the heart of Times Square there is a fantastic miniature wonderland representing not only New York City, but many places around the world. These are all represented and laid out for you at Gulliver’s Gate.  So what is it exactly?  It’s best described as an on-going exhibition of major landmarks of the world.  They are all represented in miniature form and in great detail with numerous staged vignettes.  The majority of these “scenes” are static but some of them move with the turn of the magic key given at check-in.  These are clearly marked by lit up boxes located on the railings.  These will activate a helicopter in manhattan, Skiers down the Alps, concerts in London and even an old lady feeding chickens.  The challenge for some of them is finding exactly what some of them activate from all the scenes laid out before you.  It’s a fun little game and is a great way to interact with the exhibition. 

Museums and Macy's Parade

My a favorite part was just looking at the great detail and little pieces that may go unnoticed unless O’Neil really looking hard.  They could easily put together a “Where’s Waldo” type scavenger hunt with all the random little things that are placed in the exhibition.  For instance, try finding the crouching tiger-like flying fighters in the Chinese Village.  Or the Totem Pole in the Alaska Airport scene. And with New York City so well represented it is fun just trying to name all the notable landmarks.  There is even the Roosevelt Island Tram (hint, look up).

Oculas & 9/11 Memorial

Times Square & The High Line

Finally here is one of the coolest things, you can step into a 3D Pinter and have your likeness created in three different sizes to take home with you!  The detail on these statues like everything else in absolutely incredible and when you get one done you also get a miniature version of you to place somewhere in the Gulliver’s Gate exhibition.

Chinese village

The detail and scope of this fantastic exhibition is one that warrants a visit to excite, entertain and educate both young and old.  Go and see what you can find at Gulliver's Gate!

Ankor Wat

Taj Mahal

Arc D' Triomphe

Stonehenge

 

Star Wars and the power of costume - Discovery Times Square

One of the most anticipated openings this holiday season is not on Broadway, but happening worldwide, the newest installment of Star Wars.  Star Wars has become the modern folktale passed down from generation to generation and now introduced to a whole new age group with the newest movie, The Force Awakens.

With the new movie there has been tons of commercial promotions and tie-ins but one of the most interesting thing I saw is at The Discovery Times Square on 44th Street.  There is an exhibit just opened called "Star Wars and the Power of Costume."  Anyone that is a fan of the first trilogy, of all the films or if you are just being introduced to the Star Wars lore will find something interesting here.

Featured at this exhibit are numerous costumes from all six of the previous films and some from the upcoming film.  There are details on the inspiration of the costumes, the process of creating them  and the materials that went into making them.  You will see different costumes and how they work with the various character progressions through the films.

They also feature iconic props and how they were created like the lightsabers and blaster pistols. There is also the slab of Han Solo frozen in carbonite hanging like a wall ornament. Finally with the power of virtual reality you can become a Stormtrooper yourself!

As a huge fan of Star Wars I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit, seeing all the fantastic costumes up close, finding out about the history and process of the making them and just generally getting excited about the upcoming movie.  This is a great exhibit for Star Wars or costume fans of all ages.

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