A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

 “Citizens” of New York, mark your calendars!

June 9 – 10: Madison Square Park Big Apple BBQ Party

Annually each June, Madison Square Park is the home to the Big Apple BBQ Block Party, featuring mouth-watering spreads from the southern and mid-western parts of our country. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you’ll be able to sample baby back ribs, pork shoulder, brisket, sausage and more from the best of Nevada, Texas, New York, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina for just $8/plate. Enjoy rock and roll, soul and folk rock concerts from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and several food seminars hosted by the chefs themselves. For more information visit www.bigapplebbq.com

Salsa into Monday Nights at the Taj Lounge

Taj Lounge provides salsa lessons every Monday night for a $10 cover. The night starts with an hour open bar from 5-6 p.m., with dance lessons beginning at 6:30.

48 West 21st Street at 6th Avenue

Flash Mob Dance Event at the Flatiron

Inspired by an iconic image in the early 1900’s, this dance event pays homage to the 110th anniversary of the Flatiron Building on 23rd between Broadway and 5th. During that time, women’s skirts were long, to hide their legs. The unique wind currents derived from the Flatiron Building’s triangular shape caused the wind to rustle the ladies skirts, and the men stared. Local authorities voiced the word 23 Skidoo, a code word meaning scatter. The 23 Skidoo is a site-specific flash mob at the Flatiron Building which shows how an architectural structure can create its own vocabulary. The flash mob takes place June 21st from 5-6 p.m.

Walking Tours of the Flatiron District

To learn more about the history behind the Flatiron District, consider taking part in one of the free walking tours provided by Madison Square Conservancy. Each Sunday at 11 a.m. for 90 minutes, a professional tour guide will bring you around the area and regale you with tidbits of history about your new neighborhood.

Neighborhood Events: The Art World Outside Citizen’s Door

The beauty of living at the crossroads of Manhattan’s Chelsea and Flatiron neighborhoods is the abundance of art galleries that offer unique exhibits by emerging and seasoned artists. Citizen is your ticket to get a closer look at the thought provoking and meaningful displays around the area.  A few upcoming shows that we think sound fascinating:

 “Hanging by A Thread” is the latest exhibit by Pinaree Sanpitak at the Tyler Rollins Fine Art gallery. Sanpitak is a Thai artist, a powerful advocate of the exploration of the women’s experience in Southeast Asia. Her art tends to highlight the most basic forms of the female body. “Hanging by a Thread” is a reaction to the recent flooding in Bangkok, and the traditional Thai printed cotton, “Paa-Lai” used in the exhibit is the fabric used for the relief bags. Sanpitak created woven hammocks from the material, suspended in air by a thin thread.  The cocoons represent nurturing, refuge and contemplation, a safe haven from precarious times. The exhibit runs until June 1.

At the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Steve Currie’s “From an Old Drawing” is an innovative concept.  Currie uses sketch lines from his old drawings to create sculptures made from wire, wood, and plastic.  The exhibit takes old ideas and transforms them into something that is new, while embracing the essence of the past.  Currie hopes this will show viewers that sometimes you must look back in order to move forward. The exhibit runs until June 2.

Tyler Rollins Fine Art                   

529 W. 20th Street #10W             

New York, NY 10011                     

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Elizabeth Harris Gallery              

529 W. 20th Street 6th Floor

New York, NY 10011     

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Neighborhood Destinations: Madison Square Eats

Madison Square Eats - Just down the street from Citizen

For the past few days, we at Citizen have been taking full advantage of the return of one of the best food events in the city – Madison Square Eats.  Just down the street from Citizen, the triangle of land between 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street called Worth Square has been transformed into an outdoor food extravaganza replete with tables and umbrellas decorated with iconic Marimekko prints (their new store is right across the street).  Some of the city’s most raved about eateries are here – Roberta’s Pizza, Asiadog, Calexico, Hong Kong Street Cart, Mile End, and Red Hook Lobster Pound to name a few.  With plenty of seating, it’s hard to resist going for lunch, dinner or a quick snack and it is just one of the many reasons we love the Madison Square neighborhood!

Madison Square Eats is conveniently (too conveniently!) open every day from 11 am – 9 pm through June 1st.  23rd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway.

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Neighborhood Events: Artist Charles Long at Madison Square Park

More art in the park is coming soon, just down the street from Citizen!  California artist Charles Long is bringing his colorful creation to Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn on May 2nd.  Pet Sounds, an interactive mixed-media installation, will be the second in the series of Mad. Sq. Art’s 2012 season.  Mad. Sq. Art is a free, public art program by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which offers four exhibits of newly commissioned work from all types of artists throughout the year.   Pet Sounds consists of brightly colored pipe railings, connected to create paths and ultimately converge around a common seating area. The railings then grow into blobs of different shapes and sizes. The blobs are meant to be touched, “petted,” eliciting a variety of sounds and vibrations – which is why the name Pet Sounds so appropriately fits the exhibit.

Charles Long has an interest in the uncanny, and used this as inspiration for Pet Sounds. He has taken something that is familiar and generic, such as a rail, and molded it into a physical and visual experience. Mr. Long believes that Madison Square Park’s curving pathways can highlight Pet Sounds, sparking the interest of those spending their mornings and afternoons within the park.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, we can’t wait to walk those pathways and take in some free art!

Madison Square Park
Between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
23rd and 26th Streets

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