Beginning yesterday on Fashion's Night Out, and lasting though Fashion Week to September 15th, stop by a Tour de Fashion stand in the Meatpacking District or the Fashion District and pick up a custom bike to ride for free between the two areas. Each of the 30 bicycles have been customized by New York designers, including Thom Browne, Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Isaac Mizrahi, Elie Tahari and Rebevva Taylor.
Stop by the public plaza outside of Dos Caminos on 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking District to pick up one of the custom bikes and start riding around town!
More info here at the Tour de Fashion website: tourdefashion.com
As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, along with the opening of the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center, interest is building for the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, which has been open for 6 years in the Meatpacking District. The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is a small museum on 14th Street in the MPD full of photographs and memorabilia from 9/11 and the World Trade Center, curated and provided by Gary Marlon Suson, who was one of the official photographers for Ground Zero. Check out the GZMW website here, as well as a recent article from DNA info on the museum here.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is celebrating its move to the Meatpacking District with a series of installation and exhibits in the neighborhood, called "Whitney on Site: New Commissions Downtown". This week, an installation and performance titled "Ascension" will debut in Gansevoort Plaza from Thursday July 7th to Saturday July 9th.
Ascension is a choreographed dance performance centered around a twenty one foot rotating ladder. Elizabeth Streb choreographed the performance, which will be performed by 9 dancers from her STREB Extreme Action Company.
Gansevoort Plaza is located at 9th Avenue and Little West 12th Street, and performances will occur at 3pm and 5pm this Thursday through Saturday. Check out the Whitney Museum's website here for more details about the performance.
Congratulations to Friends of the High Line, who opened the second section of the elevated High Line park yesterday, June 7th. The ribbon cutting ceremony included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the Meatpacking District's Diane von Furstenberg and High Line co-founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond. The High Line park now stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 30th Street in the Hudson Yards area.
The second section of the High Line park adds 4 access points, on-site artwork, new lookout points, seating areas, the "great lawn", new food vendors, and more. Additionally, at the end of the High Line is the "Rainbow City" art installation presented by AOl, which was featured last December at Miami Art Basel. Additionally, down the steps from the High Line on 30th Street is the new parking lot beer garden from Tom Colicchio, called "The Lot on Tap", set to open today June 8th and close on September 30th.
Congratulations to the Whitney Museum of American Art, for breaking ground this past Tuesday on the Gansevoort Street site of their new Museum, set to open in 2015. The Groundbreaking ceremony took place in a tent on the lot of which their new building will be built, and was attended by Mayor Bloomberg and the new building's architect Renzo Piano, along with many of the museums donors, including NYC socialites, celebrities, and art collectors. The ceremony concluded with a live art piece by the Elizabeth Streb dance company, which dumped dirt onto Elizabeth Streb, into which Mayor Bloomberg and museum's director dug shovels and posed for the classic groundbreaking photos. Check out more information on the new building and the ground breaking ceremony from The New York Observer here.