Pier 94 is currently hosting Art New York, a contemporary art show. To get their patrons in an artistic frame of mind, you may have noticed the Pier has been spruced up with a few contemporary sculptures. Here we have ‘Lady on a Horse’:
Greetings to the crew of the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, visiting from Spain on its annual training cruise!
The ship dates back to 1927 and is the third largest tall ship in the world! Currently docked at Pier 90, the Elcano will be open for free public tours this week until its scheduled departure on May 8th. From New York, the ship will stop by Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium before returning to Spain.
Tomorrow afternoon the Intrepid will host President Donald Trump, and in anticipation of the ensuing pandemonium, the Greenway is being closed between 43rd and 55th from 3 to 10 pm. This is actually a welcome change from the last time the Intrepid hosted then-candidates Trump and Clinton, in which the NYPD spontaneously closed the Greenway.
Recently, a massive crane barge has appeared next to the Intrepid at Pier 84, along with some very interesting cargo.
Our initial assumption was that these complex objects would be part of an exhibit for the nearby Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, but word on the street is they have an even grander purpose!
These pieces are in fact rumored to be prefabricated sections of Vessel, a monstrous sculpture that will be the centerpiece of the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards project!
Renderings of Vessel (Source: Heatherwick Studio)
If you happen to stop by in hopes of viewing some truly heavy lifting, you may also consider visiting our weekly featured water fountain, located nearby on Pier 84.
This fountain offers NYC’s famous crystal clear water…
…and is also located just West of a very fun looking water park!
Today marks the 195th Birthday of Ulysses S. Grant! And what do you get a man so honorable as Mr. Grant on his birthday? We have been asking that question ever since this mysterious box appeared on the grounds of the Grant Memorial last week:
Now all has been revealed, as the National Parks Department has unveiled a fine new sign marking the memorial.
Accompanied by flags and bunting, Grant’s Place is looking fine indeed!
We continue our series celebrating the Greenway’s water fountains with this week’s featured fountain:
This week’s water fountain is located in Riverside Park South near 61st Street, directly across from New York Central #8625.
The fountain is shaped in a graceful arch, features a matching stepping stone for its shorter patrons, and delivers cool drinking water at just the right rate.
Its locomotive neighbor, an Alco S-1, is displayed as a monument to the area’s history as a rail yard.
It is interesting to note that this locomotive was never actually owned or operated by the New York Central. It was sold new to the Erie Railroad in 1946 (later the Erie Lackawanna), and then in 1967 went on to work the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (later the New York Cross Harbor). The NY Times published an article about its restoration and installation in the park back in 2006.