What to Do on a Beautiful Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is booming and it’s nearly impossible to narrow down a “To Do” list to just five ideas. But it’s okay to leave a few things for your next visit to the city, right?

1. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

The expansive views up and down the East River make this 1.1 mile walk worth it. It also doesn’t hurt to know that you’re walking over a piece of history. The Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel suspension bridge ever built, boasting the longest span in the world (1600 feet from tower to tower) and the first permanent crossing between Manhattan and Brooklyn. On opening day in 1883, 1800 vehicles and more than 150,000 pedestrians made the crossing.

It’s easy to complete the walk in under half an hour. You will, however, want to leave at least an hour to stop and stare every 30 seconds or so and read the creative graffiti. Views are especially spectacular at sunrise and sunset. Access is from the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall metro stop (the 4, 5 & 6). Be sure to dress for the weather and stick to the right side – the pedestrian part – of the path in order to avoid the wrath of local cyclists.

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Looking back at Manhattan
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Trying to curb ‘Love Locks’ using humor

2. Eat pizza

Brooklyn’s pizza perennially tops every “best of” listing for all five boroughs in New York. Pop over the bridge and you can judge for yourself.

Best Pizza (yes, this is its real name)
33 Havermeyer St.
From the website: Best Pizza was opened in the winter of 2010 by pizza man Frank Pinello. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a former bakery, Best Pizza utilizes a century old, wood-burning oven to turn out some of the best slices in town. Influenced by his Bensonhurst roots, Sicilian heritage, and New York City pizzeria tradition, Pinello is dedicated to bring back Brooklyn’s glory days of high quality neighborhood slice joints.

Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J in the Midwood section of Brooklyn
From the website: Each pie of pizza is hand crafted by the master himself, Dom [Domenico De Marco]. With several of his children supporting him in the kitchen, this legend cooks up to 150 pies every day. Many of the ingredients are imported from Italy and forms a taste that can’t be replicated. In his piping hot retro oven, Dom has each mouthwatering pie ready to be devoured in just minutes.

Emily/Pizza Loves Emily
Clinton Hill – 919 Fulton Street & Williamsburg – 364 Grand St.
From the website: We have a wood burning oven that centers as the hearth of the space where you will find Matt cooking pizzas from dough he has hand-mixed and mozzarella he has made by hand. Matt’s outlook on cooking for others is that when you put genuine love into the preparation of a meal, those who eat it can taste the sentiment behind it. 

3. Sample the local beer

Pizza loves beer, too. Here are three options of many to sample local beers where they’re produced.

Other Half Brewing
195 Centre Street
From the website: Other Half Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Samuel Richardson and Matt Monahan. We brew craft beers for draft consumption, bottles, and cans in limited release. We believe local breweries play an important role in their communities which is why, despite the challenges of running a brewery in NYC, we couldn’t choose anywhere but Brooklyn as our home. The brewery is located on the edge of Carroll Gardens, only two blocks from the subway. Our tap room is open to the public and we also offer tours of our brewery (by appointment). 

Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th Street
Microbrewery with tastings & tours that offer an inside look at the creation process.
From the website: Starting with our flagship Brooklyn Lager, the portfolio of Brooklyn Brewery has grown to a wide-ranging collection of beers, always keeping an eye to traditional brewing techniques, even as Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his team seek to push the boundaries of beer. It’s now easy to find a smooth Brooklyn Lager, hoppy East IPA or roasty Brown Ale in your favorite watering holes. BLAST!, Sorachi Ace and Greenmarket Wheat are standing by on shelves near you, ready to be taken to parties, barbecues or your favorite chair. Each season brings beloved seasonals like Brooklyn Summer Ale and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout back to the shelves and taps, ushering in the joys of the changing weather.

King’s County Brewers Collective
381 Troutman Street, Bushwick
From the website: After several years of honing our brewing skills in tiny apartments, at the American Brewers Guild in Vermont, and professionally at breweries across the city, we all independently came to the same conclusion: wouldn’t it be FRICKIN’ AWESOME to open a new brewery in NYC? Flash forward in time, and after various trials and tribulations (and many long drinking sessions together), we realized that if we combined our efforts, we could build a bigger, better, more badass brewery than if we each tried to do it alone. And thus: Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC) was officially born.

4. Visit the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is New York’s third largest in physical size with a collection of roughly 1.5 million works. Founded in 1895, it is housed in a landmark Beaux-Arts building designed by architectural superstars McKim, Mead and White. Reasons for going? The architecture, its location on Prospect Park, the varied collection and, of course, the food at The Norm restaurant.

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The enchanting entrance to the Brooklyn Museum
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Georgia O’Keefe’s “Living Modern” Exhibition @ the Brooklyn Museum
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The Norm restaurant at the Brooklyn Museum

5. Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park reflects the major economic and cultural changes happening in the borough over the past fifteen years. 

Public Art – The park has become a hub for public art woven into the site’s natural landscape. New works are commissioned annually and thematic art exhibitions are staged throughout the year. 

Talks & Tours – From May through October, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosts interactive and dynamic walking tours that cover the park’s history, sustainability, horticulture, and design, each led by experts in their fields.

Movies with a ViewMovies with a View takes place every Thursday evening in July and August, drawing as many as 7,000 film fans each night. 

Books Beneath the Bridge – Six Monday evenings in July and August feature readings by well-known authors as well as discussions, book signings, and more.

All the Park’s a Stage – What better location to watch a staging of Shakespeare than the Brooklyn waterfront? Since 2010, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has partnered with theater groups from around NYC to bring Sir William’s work to life.

Bridge Grooves – A summer music series at Pier 1, Bridge Grooves features New York’s most exciting musicians.

Pier Kids – Sing, Act, Dance, and Draw! The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s eight week children’s series encompasses culture, science, and literature. 

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Artist Tom Fruin’s “Stained Glass House” @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A Night at WestHouse Hotel New York

We humans are creatures of habit and it’s easy to slide into the predictability of booking the same hotel every time we travel to New York.

But the more you get to know the city, the more you realize that just a few blocks one way or the other can make a difference in what you experience. Views and amenities change, food, drink, and entertainment options vary, and public art – in all its forms – is unique to city spaces throughout the city. It’s worth getting to know more of the New York properties we offer at Magellan Luxury Hotels.

WestHouse, on 55th at 7th in Midtown, is tucked into one of the best locations in Manhattan. More a residence than a hotel, it is intimate and understated, much more private club than public spectacle. 

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The Rooms and Suites

WestHouse‘s 172 luxe bedrooms and suites reflect the polish of gilded age glamour paired with carefully chosen modern flourishes. There are a variety of room configurations to choose from as well as a range of suites: the Terrace, Times Square View, Prestige and soon, a Presidential Suite on the 25th floor. With the availability of adjoining rooms and suites, accommodation can be easily tailored for families or groups of friends who are travelling together.

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A Night at WestHouse Hotel New York

The Amenities

The Terrace – The fabulous 23rd floor lounge is a social space available only to residents and their guests. A generous full breakfast is available each morning and light fare, such as pasta, risotto, salad, and cheese platters, as well as complimentary wine and beer, are served daily in the late afternoon/early evening. Food and drinks, as well as internet service, are part of the residence fee of $42+tax per night/per person. However, this fee is waived for clients of Magellan Luxury Hotels. 

The Terrace provides a perfect space to rest and relax for business and personal travellers without leaving the hotel. 

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One view of the Terrace lounge

The Den – This lobby bar is a modern version of a speakeasy, dovetailing nicely with the building’s early 20th century heritage. It is open to the public from 5pm-12am daily for drinks and light fare. Happy Hour is offered every Sunday to Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Thursdays feature Silver Screen at WestHouseRomantic black and white movies are screened silently against a background of music from their respective time periods. Guests enjoy complimentary popcorn alongside classic cocktails such as the Gin Rickey, Old Fashion and French 75.

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The Den, lobby bar

Fitness Center – Located on the 3rd floor, the center is open 24/7

Private Tours of City Winery – An exclusive private tour of City Winery, Manhattan’s only winery, can be booked through the concierge

Private Picnics – Romantic, in situ picnics can be arranged in Central Park or in other locations around Manhattan

Nomi Beauty – In-room hair and make-up appointments are available from 6:30am to 9:00pm every day; gHD offers professional styling tools for in-room use, while DayNa Decker fragrance diffusers and bath products round out every guest’s personal beauty and wellness experience

Henri Bendel Partnership – This is a shopping/personal styling experience that can be arranged with Bendel’s Fifth Avenue flagship store

Sleep|Studio – Personalized, state-of-the-art mattresses are found in every Terrace Suite

The Neighborhood

Just steps from WestHouse‘s front door is the 57th St/7th Avenue subway entrance, one of the most useful stops in the MTA. Not only will it take you to Coney Island (if that’s your thing), it will deliver you to Brooklyn, along Broadway, or take you on a three-stop tour of New York’s brand-spanking new subway stations – on the Q line at the 72nd, 86th and 96th street stops –  with their famous art installations by Chuck Close, Vic Muniz and Sarah Sze.

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Less than 15 minutes walk away from WestHouse is Times Square, Central Park, the Shops at Columbus Circle, Fifth Avenue, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. A number of Michelin-starred restaurants are within minutes of Westhouse and may be booked through the concierge.

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The entertainment center of New York: Times Square
Central Park is delightful all year round
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The amazing Lincoln Center – all the film, theater, ballet, music and opera one could ever wish for can be found here.
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One of the city’s finest concert venues with a storied past (and present)
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Columbus Circle – A luxury goods shopping mall and restaurants on the edge of Central Park

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A London Gin Journey

Everything in moderation, including moderation. ~ Oscar Wilde

Gin is enjoying a resurgence – its moment in the sun – but this spirit is hardly new. Genever, the original form of gin, appeared in writings as early as the 13th century, with its roots attributed to the Dutch. It is thought to have gained popularity in Britain when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, occupied the thrones of Great Britain.

After a particularly big night out, it may ease your conscience to know that gin was once sold in pharmacies as medicine and used in the treatment of kidney and stomach ailments, gallstones and gout, lending credence to the act of taking a nip of the “hair of the dog that bit you” for relief of hangovers. Moving away from its medicinal roots, it became a significant economic driver in England when the government permitted unlicensed gin production and public consumption skyrocketed. It would forever after be associated with Great Britain, the consummate drink of the Empire.

But what is gin exactly and how does it become the spirit we know and love?

Gin is defined as “a colorless alcoholic beverage made from distilled or redistilled neutral grain spirits flavored with juniper berries and aromatics.” There are three ways to make it:

Pot distilled was the earliest method, traditionally produced by pot distilling a fermented grain mash from barley or other grain, then redistilling it with flavoring botanicals to extract the aromatic compounds. Double gin means it has been redistilled using additional botanicals to give it flavour.

Column distilled gin is produced using Coffey and Column stills. It can use grains, as with the pot stilled method, but it can also employ other base products such as sugar beets, grapes and potatoes. It would be redistilled with the hot alcohol vapours pressing through the botanicals, which can be suspended in a basket. This results in a lighter flavor than pot-distilled.

Compound gin is made by flavoring neutral spirits without redistillation.

The widely-varying combinations and concentrations of these botanicals – which can include frankincense, lime peel, licorice root, coriander, lavender and almost anything else you can imagine – are responsible for the end taste and the variations can be nearly endless.

But talking about gin and tasting gin are quite different things. Here are a few of London’s most creative gin bars to help round out one’s “education”:

The London Gin Club
Soho Neighborhood
As dedicated gin drinkers, founders of The London Gin Club invite fellow gin-o-philes to explore more than 270 exceptional gins from the world’s finest established, micro-distilleries and small batch producers.

The London Gin Club resides in The Star, one of the oldest family-run businesses in Soho, which retains much of its original charm.

The Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Room
Covent Garden neighborhood
Relaxed and stylish, the copper-topped Gin Bar at Holborn Dining Room offers London’s largest collection of Gin, featuring over 400 Gins and 30 tonics. Gin lovers can savour more than 14,000 possible Gin and tonic pairings from well-known international brands to small-batch and local distillers. The bar menu includes new gin cocktails and much-loved classics, as well as a selection of spirits, fine wines and craft beers.

The Ginstitute/Gintonica
Notting Hill neighborhood
The bar/restaurant Gintonica features 100 gins from around the world which have been matched with complementary mixers and garnishes. Portobello Road Gin is their house brand, which is made on-site. An additional cocktail menu and Spanish-centric food pairings unite traditional ingredients, flavors and methods from around Spain.

The Ginstitute, a clever name for their production facilities, pairs clients with a Ginstructor for a multi-hour education and tasting opportunity that explores the history of gin and its modern production methods. Guests leave with some enviable swag: a bottle of personally-blended gin.

214 Bermondsey Gin & Cocktail Bar
Southwark neighborhood
Tucked away at the end of Bermondsey Street underneath Antico Restaurant, 214 Bermondsey is described as “high on creativity.” It serves more than 80 gins, carefully created cocktails and their own BTW Tonic Water, which has been developed to enhance the gins as opposed to masking them with synthetics and sweeteners.  Every Sunday is a Sunday Social, with weekly drink specials and food pairings.

A huge plus are its ‘flight’ options: a group of three mini G&T’s grouped according to thematics like The Great British Gin-Off, Tour of London and Orient Express, offering taste tests that explore the varied botanicals and types of gin.  

A London Gin Journey

A Night at The Wellesley London

“Anticipate every need. Exceed every expectation.”

In a major metropolitan center like London, connections to others make an enormous difference in the quality of any stay. At an intimate 36 rooms and suites, The Wellesley welcomes and – just as importantly – welcomes back clients by name and personal preferences. Attentive staff are the difference between great and outstanding service, whether traveling for business or pleasure.

Superlatives surround The Wellesley: It is lodged in an historic townhouse with a jazz-era past in Knightsbridge, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in London, at the heart of its toniest shopping district, adjacent the most civilized Hyde Park and is surrounded by the finest cultural opportunities in the city. The house car – a Rolls Royce Ghost – is available to guests to explore the Wellesley’s exceptional “location, location, location.”

The Rooms

A variety of room and suite configurations, with Hyde Park or city views, are available to meet the particular needs of each client. All are designed with rich furnishings and sumptuous finishes, paying tribute to the building’s 1920s history.

Amenities & Partners

In-room bath products: Hermès products are available in every room and suite.

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Wellesley Hotel, London.

Technology: Handy-brand T1 smartphones are available to all guests. Devices may be used to call many international countries at no charge. They provide complimentary internet access both in-house and around town, and enable The Wellesley news, product information and services to be close at hand. 

The spa and gym: The Wellesley enjoys a partnership with Grace Belgravia, London’s only health, wellbeing and lifestyle members club for women. This partnership provides guests with special offers, treatment packages and access to the Grace Gym, Grace Apothecary Bar and Café and the Grace Spa which includes a Eucalyptus Steam and Herbal Sauna. 

Developing a personal fragrance: Exclusive to The Wellesley, Guerlain invites guests to experience a unique, personal and bespoke fragrance journey at their exclusive boutique in Harrod’s Salon de Parfums.

Butler services: 24-hour personal butler service is available to every guest. The butler provides assistance within the hotel, while the concierge meets client needs as they venture beyond.

Food, Drink and Social

The common areas of The Wellesley share the same great design sense: a look of contemporary luxury and traditional glamour that embraces the building’s jazz music past and Art Deco legacy. 

The Oval Restaurant: Head Chef Sebastiano Cioffi creates authentic Italian menus with an emphasis on seasonality and fresh flavours. In addition, special five- and six-course tasting menus are offered daily in the Oval, for lunch and dinner, and as an option in the Jazz Lounge for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings.  

The Jazz Lounge: Located across the corridor from the Oval, the lounge hosts jazz dinners – “Live at The Wellesley” – every Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 8:00pm. Former home to the famous Pizza on the Park at Hyde Park Corner, where jazz greats such as Jamie Cullum, George Melly, Amy Winehouse and Barbara Cook regularly performed, the weekly live performances provide a unique Knightsbridge jazz-dining experience.

Churchill Afternoon Tea – one of the highest-rated in London – is presented daily at 2:00pm.

The Crystal Bar: On view at the Crystal Bar are The Wellesley’s impressive collection of whisky, cognac and Armagnac housed in glass display cases, some bottles dating from 1770. In addition to the vintage spirits, guests are offered a selection of fine champagne, wine, and classic and original cocktails.

Wellesley Hotel, London.

The Cigar Terrace: The terrace hosts a bespoke humidor,  and a connoisseur’s selection of only the finest cigars. With heating and inviting leather seats, it’s suitable for year-round enjoyment.

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The Most Amazing London House Tours

Futuristic. Modern. Classic. Palatial. Cosy. Thanks to London’s expansive history and appreciation of the importance of preservation, there are myriad opportunities to explore a wide variety of private and public homes. Goodbye Pinterest, hello five wildly inspirational London house tours.

Futuro House 
Originally designed as a Finnish ski lodge, the Futuro House looks like a spaceship from a ’50’s sci-fi movie. Fewer than 100 were ever built and artist Craig Barnes has landed his turquoise saucer at Central Saint Martins to sold-out audiences. Tours, held on the first Wednesday of every month, have been extended through July 2017. Tickets must be purchased in advance here. 

Amazing London House Tours
Futuro House, The Terrace, Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross/ Photo credit: John Sturrock

Hampton Court Palace
Along with St James’s Palace, Hampton Court is one of only two surviving palaces that belonged to King Henry VIII. Highlights include the tapestry-filled Great Room, the tricky multi-cursal living puzzle maze, extraordinary gardens, the descendants of King Henry’s original deer herd, the Chapel Royal which has been in continuous use for more than 450 years and the oldest living grape vine in England. While palaces and stately homes are nearly a dime-a-dozen in London (and the rest of Britain), Hampton Court is the one not to miss.

Dennis Severs’ House  
“Tour” and “museum” do not begin to describe the experience of spending time in the 1724 Georgian home of artist Dennis Severs. An American who loved all things English, he lived in the home in a period environment with fireplaces for heat and candles for light, much as its original occupants would have lived. But that’s not the magic of the place. Severs created a “still life drama” based on a fictional family of Huguenot silk weavers, providing an intimate portrait of their lives from 1724 through the early 20th century. Stepping across the threshold is like “passing through the surface of a painting,” with the narrative expressed through the sights, smells and sounds of a house inhabited by a family: footsteps, smoky light, creaking doors, whispers and conversations, the chiming of clocks and the sounds of familiar pets bring this spellbinding house to life.

Handel & Hendrix in London
Separated by a wall and more than 200 years are the homes of two musicians who chose London and changed music. An unlikely pairing, Baroque composer George Frideric Handel and rock superstar Jim Hendrix were West End neighbors. Two floors of Handel’s house at 25 Brook Street and Hendrix’s top floor flat at 23 Brook Street –  restored to its 1969 grooviness – are open for tours.

Leighton House Museum & 18 Stafford Terrace
These are two remarkable houses on the edge of Holland Park, just a few minutes walk from one another.

Described as “a private palace of art,” Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is a unique piece of 19th century architecture containing a collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries. While Leighton entertained many luminaries and Royals, including Queen Victoria, he lived alone, occupying the only bedroom in the palace.

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was home of noted cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and his family (and their descendants). It not only provides a view into the personal lives of the Sambourne family, but a rare example of ‘Aesthetic interior’ style, which is known for its use of “foreign or exotic influences in the decoration of the home.” This can be seen by the various Japanese, Middle-Eastern and Chinese objects throughout the Sambournes’ home.

Also check out…

Open House London: The annual September weekend features more than 700 buildings, walks, talks and tours around the city, all free to the public. 

English Heritage: English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. 

Open City London Architecture Tours: A year-round programme of tours and events with specialist guides that explores the themes and issues shaping the capital today, from the design of homes, to infrastructure and urban landscapes. 

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A Night at the Nobu Eden Roc Miami Beach

Built on the storied Warner Brothers estate on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, it’s no surprise to find a continuation of the Eden Roc’s show biz roots in its latest iteration: Nobu Eden Roc.

Think of it as two hotel experiences at the same Miami Beach address, and this, a tale of two towers.

Nobu Hospitality was founded by Robert DeNiro, Meir Teper, Chef Nobu, Struan McKenzie and Trevor Horwell, all superstars in their respective fields of film, food, finance and bespoke hospitality (hotels). Nobu at Eden Roc is the flagship property in their growing worldwide portfolio of restaurants and hotels stretching across five continents.

The Eden Roc is the legendary epicenter of classic and modern glamor in Miami Beach, attracting movie stars, socialites and celebrities to the hotel and its restaurants for more than six decades.

Together, Nobu and Eden Roc offer guests what they call “Barefoot Luxury,”  a refreshingly human-centered mix of sophistication and simplicity.

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Layout of the Nobu Eden Roc 
While there are separate check-in desks, guests of the Nobu and Eden Roc enjoy the same lobby, common spaces and amenities, including Nobu restaurant and bar, three pools, the spa and workout facilities, beach and Malibu Farm, the hyper-local farm-to-table concept. Only the Nobu pool and Nobu in-room dining are exclusive to guests of Nobu.

Food & Drink

Nobu Miami Restaurant

Nobu restaurant derives its name from acclaimed chef-proprietor Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who is known to the world simply as “Nobu.”

Described as being “inspired by his classical training in Tokyo and time abroad in Peru,” Chef Nobu drives the latest trends in Japanese-fusion cuisine, offering original and inventive dishes and cocktails.

Aside from dinner and a prix-fixe lunch, Nobu serves up Sunday brunch from noon until 3:00pm, featuring Yamucha Carts (think dim sum), offering a revolving selection of Nobu’s signature dishes tableside.

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Welcome to Nobu
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The main dining room at Nobu
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The sushi bar at Nobu
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One of the private dining rooms
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The outdoor bar

Bar Nobu

Bar Nobu is the gorgeous circular lobby bar featuring classic and Chef Nobu-crafted specialty cocktails, Ikaati handcrafted tea, sushi, sashimi and original small plates as well as exquisite desserts.

Malibu Farm

Set to open soon, Malibu Farm is described as “the epitome of laid back luxury.” It brings Helene Henderson’s Californian restaurant across the country, boasting “simple farm-to-table dining that is fresh, organic and locally sourced whenever possible.”

The Rooms

Located on the southside of the property, the Ocean Tower houses the Eden Roc. Set opposite, and separated by the uncommonly beautiful common areas, the Legendary Tower has been transformed into Nobu.

The Nobu features a distinctive look carefully crafted by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, inspired by the enduring structural beauty of a Japanese beach house. 

The Eden Roc reflects its surroundings, looking fresh, breezy, warm and sexy with just the right touch of glamor.

The towers are positioned to take advantage of the intracoastal waterway and beach views, and rooms and suites may be selected to enjoy the sunrise or sunset, according to guest preferences.

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An exquisite view from the Eden Roc
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The Eden Roc
NOBU Corner Suite
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach designed by David Rockwell Group. 
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach designed by David Rockwell Group.
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach designed by David Rockwell Group.

Amenities & Entertainment

A stay at the Nobu Eden Roc can be as zen or as lively as guests desire.

Known for emerging art, fashion, architecture, food and nightlife, Miami is an international arts, culture and sporting destination. While the Nobu Eden Roc’s nightlife focuses around the Nobu restaurant and lounge, the property regularly teams with popular local events, including Art Basel Miami Beach, to offer pop-up galleries, live music and other cultural events in-house.

The Miami Beach Spa and Fitness Center provides a Japanese-inspired holistic wellness experience. Guests are invited to participate in daily meditation and stretching rituals as well as a variety of curated spa offerings that help ground the spirit. The hydrotherapy circuit with whirlpools, plunge pools, saunas and hydro-experience showers provide further opportunities to indulge in deep relaxation.

Overlooking the water, the state-of-the-art fitness centre is open 24/7. The weekly schedule of group and personal classes include: Personal Training; Surf Set Fitness; Yoga; Water Aerobics, Spinning and Dance; Beach Boot Camp and Boxing.

Watersports including jet-skiing, sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking and paddle boarding are all available on-site at Nobu Eden Roc.

Or, if you prefer, you can do absolutely nothing but lounge in the sun in a private beach chair and enjoy the view. 

NOBU pool
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The beach and outdoor spaces

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Boston Pairings: The Fairmont Copley Plaza

Known as Art Square until 1883, Copley Square was Boston’s original center for educational and cultural institutions, a reflection of the city’s progressive aspirations. Built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fairmont Copley Plaza remains its Grand Dame.

With Magellan’s carefully curated selection of luxury hotels and a high walkability index, there is no ‘bad’ place to stay in the city. But for a tightly-packed short stay, the Copley Square area, in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, offers access to renowned art and architecture, fine restaurant experiences, luxury shopping, professional sports events and the city’s historic green spaces. Neighborhoods farther afield are easily accessed by the T’s Green Line (metro) stop Copley Square, just steps from the Fairmont’s front door.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza

Walking into the Fairmont Copley Plaza, via the hand-laid mosaic tile floor of Peacock Alley, is like stepping into a palace; even the most habitual travellers will be struck by its opulence, generous size and classic form. Designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and opened in 1912, it is the ‘sister’ to New York’s Plaza Hotel and, like the Plaza, reflects life lived on a grand scale.

In preparation for its 100th anniversary in 2012, the Fairmont Copley Plaza renovated its 383 guestrooms and suites as well as its common areas, carefully marrying modern amenities with its signature historic charm. Adjacent to Peacock Alley, the elegant Lobby Lounge is lavishly furnished and complemented by impressive art, including signed lithographs by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, creating an ideal space for quiet reflection, conversation or appreciating the architecture and design of the place.

Beyond the extravagant common areas, there are eight professionally-curated suites that highlight unique aspects of Boston’s culture and history. The themes of these museums-in-a-room include: the Museum of Fine Arts; Boston Pops; Boston Symphony Orchestra; The Freedom Trail; the JFK Library and Museum; Boston Public Library; The Museum of Science; and The Catie Copley Suite, named for the hotel’s resident canine.

The OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, with its industrial-inspired 83-foot copper-topped bar, state-of-the-art wine room and farm-to-table American menu, is a modern interpretation of a university club. Its space extends during the fairer months to its outdoor patio, an ideal place to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, sunsets and people-watching. 

The rooftop houses a 3,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art gym, floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor seating area with a view of the square and beyond.

Local Shopping

There are three high-end shopping experiences within a few minutes’ walk:

Prudential Center – 75+ upscale stores and boutiques are housed in this indoor shopping mall under immense glass skylights and domes

Newbury Street – There are more than 150 freestanding shops along, or close to, glamorous Newbury Street, with an emphasis on luxury boutiques.

Copley Place – Copley Place stretches over 10 acres and is anchored by retail showstoppers such as Barney’s New York, Christian Dior, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co.

Boston Copley Square

In the Neighborhood – Food, Culture and Sporting Events

Check with your hotel’s concierge for au courant dining options and reservations as well as seasonal music and live theater recommendations. Here are some of the local cultural offerings

Boston Center for the Arts

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a not-for-profit performing and visual arts campus that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects the arts to community.

Boch Center – Wang Theatre

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wang Theatre has housed the performing arts since opening in 1925, developing from a movie “cathedral” and home to vaudeville musicals and big bands, to today’s role as an impressive venue for world-class theatre, music, Broadway, and dance.

Berklee Performance Center

Showcasing more than 200 events each year, the BPC may just be the busiest, most unique theater in Boston. Owned and operated by Berklee College of Music, the BPC hosts concerts by talented students, faculty, and visiting artists, as well as a wide variety of productions presented by outside promoters, arts presenters, and community organizations. Events at the BPC span every musical genre and represent a broad range of countries and cultures, from traditional artists to contemporary innovators defining the future of music.

Boston Symphony Hall

The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881. Today, the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues to fulfill and expand upon the vision of its founder Henry Lee Higginson, not only through its concert performances, educational offerings, and internet presence, but also through its expanding use of virtual and electronic media in a manner reflecting the BSO’s continuing awareness of today’s modern, ever-changing, 21st-century world.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1870 and opened in 1876, with most of its initial collection taken from the Boston Athenæum Art Gallery. The museum was originally located in a highly ornamented brick Gothic Revival building in Copley Square designed by John Hubbard Sturgis and Charles Brigham which was noted for its massed architectural terracotta in an American building. Explore one of the most comprehensive museums in the world with art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary.

Copley Square Boston

The Boston Public Library

While hanging out in a library may not be your usual first choice, entering the main branch of the Boston Public Library is like entering Aladdin’s cave. Yes, there are rare books, maps and early Shakespearean folios, but there is also extraordinary architecture, art and reclusive, sun-soaked restful spaces.

The building is designed by noted New York starchitect Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White fame. Galleries include the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room, the Elliot Room, Bates Hall and the Sargent Gallery, filled with murals by the great English painter John Singer Sargent.

The library’s arches and ceilings of Guastavino tile rival any of the Guastavino projects found in New York City.

Arguably, the most delightful part of the building is the interior courtyard bounded by an arcaded promenade, designed after the arcade of the Cancelleria Palace in Rome. Pull up a chair and curl up with a book in the sun in this intimate, perfect garden. It will become the ‘secret’ space against which you will measure all others.

Need one last divine secret? The library’s Courtyard Restaurant offers lunch every day of the week (a la carte) and High Tea service from Wednesday through Saturday for $35 per person. High tea includes all the delicious dainties one expects and would be a highlight on any day of the week or an exquisite surprise for a special person in your life.

Free, daily one-hour architectural tours are an excellent introduction to the building and its collections.

Copley Square Boston Public Library 

Copley Square Boston Public Library 

Copley Square Boston Public Library 

Copley Square Boston Public Library

Professional Sports Teams in Boston

The Boston Red Sox @Fenway Park

To get there: Take any ‘D’ train on the T Green Line from Copley Square and get off at the next station, ‘Fenway.’ Or take a 20-minute (1.1 mile) walk to the park.

The Boston Celtics & Boston Bruins @TD Garden 

To get there: 8 minutes (1.7 miles) by taxi; less than 20 minutes (6 stops) on the T Green Line from Copley Square and get off at ‘North Station.’ Or take a 35-minute (1.6 mile) walk to the stadium.

Boston Pairings: The Fairmont Copley Plaza

10 Great Film Festivals in New York City

Like almost anything about New York, a city home to more than 8 million people, the volume, variety and quality of its film scene is an embarrassment of riches. For every one of these ten festivals there are ten other niche, underground, hyper-local, new or expanding film events.

It takes a keen eye and a lot of patience to sift through all of the listings of everything happening each day in the five boroughs. But if you’re into film – or simply curious – here’s a list of 10 great film festivals in New York City, an interesting and useful place to start.

Festivals are listed in chronological order.

Film Society Lincoln Center

Here is the 2017 schedule of specialty festivals at Lincoln Center:

New York Jewish Film Festival
Neighboring Scenes – Showcase of Latin American Cinema
Jan 26 – 31, 2017

Dance on Camera Festival
February 3 – 7, 2017

Film Comment Selects
February 17 – 23, 2017

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
March 1 – 12, 2017

New Directors/New Films
March 15 – 26, 2017

Art of the Real
April 20 – May 2, 2017

New York African Film Festival
May 3 – 9, 2017

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
June 1 – 7, 2017

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
June 9 – 17, 2017

New York Asian Film Festival
June 30 – July 13, 2017

Scary Movies
July 14 – 20, 2017

10 Great Film Festivals in New York City

Athena Film Festival

February 9 – 12, 2017 @ Barnard College

Now in its seventh year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.

New York Wild Film Festival

February 23 – 26, 2017

The New York WILD Film Festival is the first annual documentary film festival in New York to showcase a spectrum of topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife and the environment, bringing all things WILD to the most urban city in the world.

NYC Drone Film Festival

March 17 – 19, 2017

The #NYCDFF is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone community. 

Aside from the screenings, the festival includes: a drone photo walk, aerial cinematography seminars, drone expo & flight demos, the Day of Drones @ the Liberty Science Center and the FPV Drone Racing & Freestyle FPV Competition.

Tribeca Film Festival

April 19 – 30, 2017

Now in its sixteenth year, the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced that its upcoming edition will be held from April 19th to April 30th, 2017 in New York City. For this upcoming Festival, Tribeca has expanded its areas of submissions from feature films, short films, and experiential storytelling (Storyscapes) programs to also include submissions across all of the programming areas of the Festival. 

“Tribeca is a forward-thinking storytelling festival and we have been supporting work that goes beyond the big screen for many years,” says Festival Director Genna Terranova. “As the technology and tools proliferate in the creative community and new distribution models emerge we feel it is the right time to expand and support artists on these growing platforms in a broader way.”

NYC Indie Film Festival

May 2 – 7, 2017

The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works…The festival strives to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans. We will be screening the best indie films and offering panels, classes, seminars and discussion groups as well as opportunities for the filmmakers and fans to mingle and network.

The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. We will be screening narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animations and music videos. We are looking for filmmakers whose passion for the art form is real as they push films in new directions.

Brooklyn Film Festival 

June 2 – 11, 2017

The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an international, competitive festival. BFF’s mission is: to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films; to draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema; to encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking; and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

55th New York Film Festival

July 14 – 20, 2017 @ Lincoln Center

Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more. The New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. 

Chelsea Film Festival

October 19 – 22, 2017

The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF), non-profit organization is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as documentaries and feature-lengths, focusing on the theme of “Global Issues”.

New York City Horror Film Festival

October 26 – 29, 2017

The NYCHFF is a week long event that takes place each November at venues throughout New York City. The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe. The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50 to 60 films each year. The Hein Family is committed to keeping the festival alive in memory of the truly missed and loved founder, Michael J. Hein.


November 9 – 16, 2017

Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. Now the largest documentary film festival in America, DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.

DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). By 2014, DOC NYC had become America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. It also seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”

Magellan Events Listing: A Thousand Whales & A Hundred Stars

Visiting a Magellan partner hotel and looking for something interesting to do? Here is a select listing of events taking place across our cities.

Events are presented in chronological order.

Maui: World Whale Day

February 18th
Whale season in Hawaii extends from November through May, reaching its peak in February. Thousands of North Pacific Humpback whales grace Hawaiian waters and shorelines for their annual migration through the North Pacific Ocean. This is one of nature’s most spectacular events.

Los Angeles: 89th Academy Awards

February 26, 2017
The Academy Awards really need no introduction; awards night is the most exciting and star-studded night of the year in L.A. While you can’t get tickets to the ceremony, you can wander and sleep and eat in luxury, soaking up all the energy of the moment. Might want to call Magellan to grab that room reservation in Hollywood.

South Beach: Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBE)

February 22 – 26, 2017
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, five-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities such as Anthony Bourdain, Snoop Dogg, Todd English and Guy Fieri. More than 200 personalities will be featured during the five-day festival, including chefs from some of Magellan’s finest South Beach partner hotels.

L.A.: Paley Fest

March 17 – 26, 2017
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at Paley Fest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 34th year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This year’s lineup includes screenings and cast panels for WestworldThis Is UsAmerican Horror Story: Roanoke and more.

Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

The AGO, at nearly half a million square feet, is one of the largest galleries in North America. It houses more than 80,000 works of art and features a gorgeous expansion from architect Frank Gehry, who grew up in this Toronto neighborhood.

The gallery is hosting three ‘can’t miss’ exhibitions in their 2017/18 season:

Georgia O’Keeffe (April 22 – July 30, 2017)

Guillermo del Toro – At Home With Monsters (Sept. 30, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018)

Yayaoi Kusama (March 3 – May 27, 2018)

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New York’s Underground Art Museum

If you spend most of your time getting around New York by walking, Uber or house car, it’s entirely possible to miss out on seeing the MTA Underground Art Museum, an Ali Baba-on-steroids-sized treasure trove. 

New York’s MTA, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, not only operates most of the public transportation options in the boroughs, it contracts with artists to create site-specific works for its stations.

New York's Underground Art Museum
Think you’re being watched? In this case, you would be right. Three hundred different eyes await at the Oculus installation

New York City’s first official subway system opened in Manhattan on October 27, 1904. By the early 80’s, the city teetered on bankruptcy, its public transportation system the poster child for urban decay. That began to change with an injection of $18 billion for subway rehabilitation and the creation of MTA Arts & Design – a visionary move during a difficult time – to oversee the creation and installation of permanent artworks throughout the New York City transit system, Metro-North RailroadLong Island Rail Road and the bridges and tunnels of the five boroughs.

New York's Underground Art Museum
Roy Lichtenstein’s 42nd Street mural at Times Square

From the beginning, the aesthetics of New York’s subway system were intended to be as important as the functional:

The juxtaposition of the words “art” and “underground” may seem anomalous, but in New York City the two have gone hand in hand ever since the earliest days of the subway system. William Barclay Parsons, chief engineer for the fledgling undertaking, insisted that the construction documents specify that the stations be designed, constructed, and maintained with a view to the beauty of their appearance, as well as to their efficiency.

New York's Underground Art Museum
A close up of the Oculus mosaic/map of the world beneath the World Trade Center

In 1995, there were 48 new permanent artworks. Today, there are more than 300 by world-famous, mid-career and emerging artists including Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Faith Ringgold, Robert Kushner and Maya Lin. The MTA Arts & Design also commissions art, projects and events under five other umbrellas: music, poetry, graphic posters, digital art and photography.

At any given time there can be 50 artistic works underway, making the MTA one of the largest commissioners of public art in the world.

The new art works are sited amongst the original, historic installations – the iconic name plaques created in white glass tiles, brickwork, terra cotta and tesserae, used to differentiate each station in the system.


Each new piece is site-specific, fine tuned to the needs of its environment, determined in consultation with station architects and designers, reflective of the neighbourhood – its culture, history, diversity and built landmarks – and a link between passengers and unique places and spaces. Some projects are realized in partnership with a local institution, such as the American Museum of Natural History and Yankee Stadium.

New York's Underground Art Museum
Part of Tom Otterness’s “Life Underground” Bronze sculptures throughout the 14th St/8th Ave station

For MTA artists, architects and designers, the exposure is unparalleled: more than eight million pair of eyeballs view their works every day. For riders, the regular and the occasional, it’s an opportunity to elevate the everyday through the richness of treasures hidden in plain sight.

Recommendations for Viewing the MTA Art Installations

  • For the best chance of catching the artworks, especially in large or complex stations, read ahead here and here and make note of the lines/platforms where they can be found. 
  • Go it alone if you can’t find a suitable treasure-hunting partner.  In some stations there can be a crowd enjoying the pieces/environment making it a pop-up social hub, a great place to meet like-minded people. 
  • Ride at off-peak hours for more freedom to ogle without interrupting commuter flow.

All project descriptions are quoted from the MTA Arts & Design website. More information can be found on the MTA Arts & Design website.

Select MTA projects near the Langham Place, New York

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Under Bryant Park, 2002
Glass, stone, and marble mosaic walls in passageway between 42nd Street and 5th Avenue stations
One of the largest artworks in the MTA system runs under 42nd Street along the corridor connecting the B, D, F, V lines with the 7 train. Above the site is the Main Library and Bryant Park, which are reflected in the artwork below. On the walls of the tunnel we see rock outcroppings, tree roots, pipes, animal burrows, and literary quotations. The artist based the project on the idea of systems.

34th Street-Herald Square
Reach New York, An Urban Musical Instrument, 1996
A green painted rectangular structure is suspended from the subway platform and engages travelers with its ability to produce sounds. Travelers place their hands in front of the box-like apparatus on the subway platform and a burst of musical notes are released on the opposite side, playing to the person on the other side. 

Grand Central Terminal
As Above, So Below, 1998
Glass, bronze, and mosaic in Grand Central North passageway
The historic ceiling in the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal reveals the night sky with golden stars that form the constellations. Grand Central becomes a metaphor for our connection with the wider world beyond New York City and As Above, So Below takes the viewer around the world to the night sky above five different continents, representing myths, civilization, heavens, and the underworld. 

Grand Central Terminal
A Field of Wild Flowers, 1997
Mixed-media on walls of Station Master’s Office
Roberto Juarez creates a place of refreshment and repose with his lush garden landscape, designed to appear as though it were seen through the windows of a slow-moving train. The work is one of the more fragile pieces in the system, executed in a multi-media collage that he describes as: “…consisting of layers of gesso, under-painting, urethane, and varnish, I also utilize natural materials – rice paper and a dusting of peat moss – to give my work added texture, strength, and beauty.

Grand Central Terminal
Sirshasana, 1998
Aluminum and polyester resin sculpture with crystals in ceiling at 43rd Street in Grand Central Market
In Sirshasana, a sculptural chandelier in the shape of a golden-rooted olive tree is suspended above the street-level entrance to the Grand Central Market. With branches that span twenty-five feet and 5,000 brilliant crystal pendants, the tree dominates the area, bringing the feel of an outdoor market.

Select MTA projects near The Mark

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Second Avenue Subway
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Second Avenue Subway provides three new stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63 Street Station. Each station features monumental public artwork by four renowned contemporary artists commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, collectively the most expansive permanent public art installation in New York history.

NYCT Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street Station. 
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Ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. Fabricated by Frank Giorgini Handmade Tiles, Miotto Mosaic Art Studio, and Tom Patti Design.
Jean Shin used archival photographs of the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Elevated train to create compositions in ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. The imagery is manipulated and re-configured with each station level having its own focus, palette and material.

NYCT Second Avenue – 86th Street Station.
Subway Portraits, 2016 
Ceramic tile, glass and ceramic mosaic. Fabricated by Magnolia Editions and Mosaika Art & Design
Chuck Close created twelve large-scale portraits for 86th Street that are based on the artist’s painstakingly detailed photo-based portrait paintings. His various painting techniques have been interpreted in ten works as mosaic, and in two as ceramic tile. Ten of the artworks measure close to nine feet high. The people portrayed represent the variety of individuals that pass though the MTA system, and are chiefly cultural figures that have frequently been subjects in his artistic career spanning over half a century, including Philip Glass, Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman, and Lou Reed, as well as two distinct self-portraits.

NYCT Second Avenue – 96th Street Station
Blueprint for a Landscape, 2016
Porcelain tile. Fabricated by Sarah Sze Studio, Alcalagres & Estudio Cerámico.
Sarah Sze’s artwork at 96th Street profoundly impacts the station, as her imagery is applied directly on over 4300 unique porcelain wall tiles, spanning approximately 14,000 square feet. The designs feature familiar objects – sheets of paper, scaffolding, birds, trees, and foliage – caught up in a whirlwind velocity that picks up speed and intensity as the composition unfolds throughout the station with references to energy fields and wind patterns. Each entrance features a different shade of blue and a blueprint-style vector line design, a visual theme that is integrated with the architecture, creating one of the most dynamic stations in the MTA system.

NYCT Second Avenue – 72nd Street Station
Perfect Strangers, 2016   
Glass mosaic and laminated glass. Fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich.
Vik Muniz photographed more than three dozen “characters” who represent the unique and quirky kinds of people one encounters on the subway. These photographs have been recreated in mosaic and installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance areas, populating the station with colorful New Yorkers of all stripes. With the generous expanse of the mezzanine concourse, the figures humanize the space and provide bursts of color and visual interest, providing an opportunity for playful discovery while moving through the station. The main station entrance features a laminated glass canopy at street level depicting a flock of birds, bringing art and nature to the busy street.

Select MTA projects near Trump Soho New York

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Canal Street
Empress Voyage 2.22.1794, 1998
Ceramic tiles and mosaic banding on platform walls and connecting passageway
Bing Lee’s Empress Voyage commemorates the pioneering expedition of the American merchant ship, Empress of China, which in 1794 returned to New York harbor filled with silk, tea, and porcelain (commonly called china, due to its origin). Through the artist’s lighthearted use of Chinese-derived icons, the tiles illustrate aspects of the then-new trade with Asia and celebrates today’s Chinatown. 

Prince Street
Carrying On, 2004
Steel, marble, and slate frieze on platform walls
Carrying On is composed of almost two hundred silhouettes of people hauling “stuff” with them as they walk the city streets. The artist team worked from photographs of individuals moving around the city and in and out of the subway. According to the artists, the title of Carrying On can be read in a variety of ways. “People on the streets of New York are almost always carrying something, sometimes something huge and outlandish. After the 9/11 tragedy, New Yorkers felt that they must carry on with their lives. Finally, New Yorkers are notoriously opinionated and lively; they really do ‘carry on.'” 

Houston Street
Platform Diving, 1994
Glass mosaic on platform walls
Brown’s seven glass mosaics are given a whimsical quality, as the artist creates aquatic creatures that act like humans as they wait for the train to arrive at their underwater station. “I wanted to explore the analogy between subway travel and the movement of our fellow creatures through their natural environment,” Brown says. “Underwater creatures navigate a complex spatial array of undersea passageways, much as we maneuver through our own manmade systems. I thought it would be provocative to portray them in a part of our world most closely resembling their own, but involved in activities familiar to us.”

Fulton Center
Sky Reflector-Net, 2014
Perforated optical-aluminum panels; stainless steel cables and fittings
Sky Reflector-Net is an integrated artwork by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects and ARUP, designed specifically for the Fulton Center. The monumental sculpture embraces light and air, creating a distinctive focal point within Lower Manhattan’s urban fabric.

New York's Underground Art Museum

Suspended within the atrium’s conical form, Sky Reflector-Net is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components. Attached to the soaring cable-net are 952 perforated optical aluminum panels that distribute year-round daylight and bring the sky down into the lower levels of the Center. The artwork combines beauty and function, reduces energy consumption by 30 percent and powerfully connects the 300,000 daily transit users with a sense of daylight that will be constantly changing.

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