Friday, May 6, 2016

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

February 16, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., all ages

Celebrate the beauty and diversity of Muslim cultures in New York City, the United States and across the world through art, architecture, design, travel, music, trade, home life, and more!


Thom Browne Selects at Cooper Hewitt

March 4, 2016 to October 23, 2016

For the next installment of Cooper Hewitt's Selects series, fashion designer Thom Browne explores ideas of reflection and individuality with an installation that includes more than 50 of the museum’s historic and contemporary mirrors and frames. The exhibition is the 13th in the ongoing series in which prominent designers, artists and architects are invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects.

Elmgreen & Dragset: Van Gogh's Ear

April 13, 2016 to June 3, 2016

Rockefeller Center, 5th Ave., btw. 49th & 50th sts., free and open to the public

This spring, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset will transform the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center with a large-scale new work. Van Gogh’s Ear is a sculpture, which takes the form of a swimming pool sitting upright.

Elmgreen & Dragset’s 9-meter (30-foot) high, empty swimming pool stands upright on its shortest side, supported by a visible construction on its backside. It appears almost like a ready-made, displayed as if “for sale in a showroom.” A century after Marcel Duchamp began working with ready-mades, Elmgreen & Dragset continue this practice by isolating a common object from its functional context. The sense of isolation is magnified due to the scarcity of personal pools in a densely populated city like New York, as opposed to the West Coast. By repositioning a pool in an unlikely place like the prominent Rockefeller Plaza, right at Fifth Avenue, the artists achieve a simple displacement of the kind for which they are well known, challenging our associations and expectations of a particular setting. The pool—re-positioned into the surroundings of urban life, tourists, skyscrapers, and businesses—seems like a foreign object that has somehow landed there in the plaza. The sculptural qualities of the object itself, from the curves created by different depths and the overall shape of the pool, to the protruding diving board, become apparent when it is singularly presented in this upright position, rather than dug down into the ground. Like Elmgreen & Dragset’s previous projects such as Prada Marfa (a Prada store located in the middle of the Texan desert), the swimming pool creates a feeling of alienation, and brings attention to its context by its very otherness.

Mother’s Day Gifts at Sugarfina

April 18, 2016 to May 8, 2016

Sugarfina, The Shops at Columbus Circle, ground floor

Thinking ahead for Mother’s Day? Design Your Own – 8 piece or 4 piece “Sweetest Mom” Mother’s Day Bento Box. A floral watercolor pattern and rose gold foil Bento Box that can be filled with any favorite candies & chocolates to celebrate moms!

Spend $100 or more and receive a Gorjana Gemstone Bracelet. Disclaimers apply. While supplies last.

“Grand Central Rewards” returns

May 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016

Grand Central Terminal’s popular loyalty shopping program provides visitors with the opportunity to earn limited-edition prizes as they shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, and summer essentials.

Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42 St.

Brooklyn Brunches

May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

An initiative that raises awareness and funds for Citymeals on Wheels, 100% of all “Brooklyn Bunches” funds will go directly towards the preparation and delivery of meals.

Participating establishments are:

210 Smith Street – Brooklyn Heights
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Will donate $1 for every Monkey Bread dish sold.

Hot House
415 Tompkins Avenue – Bedford Stuyvesant
Brunch: Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Will donate $1 for every Corn Pancake dish sold and will have a line on their receipts to allow diners to make an additional donation.

Jack The Horse Tavern
66 Hicks Street – Brooklyn Heights
Brunch: Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Will donate $1 for every Eggs Orleans dish sold and will donate all proceeds from a dish created especially for “Brooklyn Brunches” (Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Smoked Gouda & Arugula).

Llama Inn
50 Withers Street – Williamsburg
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Will donate $1 for every Beef Tenderloin Stirfry dish sold.

285 Grand Avenue – Clinton Hill
Brunch: Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Will donate $1 for every Cast Iron Rice dish sold and will have a line on their receipts to allow diners to make an additional donation.

80 Berry Street – Williamsburg
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Supporting Citymeals with a line on their receipts allowing diners to make a donation (

393 Lewis Avenue – Stuyvesant Heights
Brunch: Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Will donate $1 for every Jim Cade Breakfast dish sold and will have a line on their receipts to allow diners to make an additional donation.

Speedy Romeo
376 Classon Avenue – Clinton Hill
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Will donate $4.50 for every Baked Egg and Frittata dish sold.

Stone Park Café
324 5th Avenue – Park Slope
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
More information to become available.

Great Northern Food Hall

May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

Claus Meyer, the Danish culinary entrepreneur and co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, will open the 5,000-square-foot Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in May.

Mother’s Day at Grand Central

May 1, 2016 to May 8, 2016

Grand Central shops are celebrating Mother’s Day with sales and gift packages, including Mother’s Day-themed chocolate boxes and novelty items from  Li-Lac Chocolates, Jacques Torres Chocolate, and Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate; a “Don’t Forget Mom” Sale on a selection of jewelry at The Laura Wimmer Jewelry Kiosk, opening May 1; 10 percent off any Mondaine watch at Central Watch; and a special menu at Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse N.Y.C. featuring lobster salad as an appetizer, marinated skirt steak with a baked mashed potato and bacon casserole as the main course, and decadent 23-layer chocolate cake for dessert.

Frieze New York

May 5, 2016 to May 8, 2016

Randall’s Island Park