Take advantage of this long weekend to get outside and enjoy the city. Sign up for a free walking tour of Central Park or Bryant Park, or head to Washington Square Park for the 82nd year of the Outdoor Art Exhibit. If adventure is your thing, ferry over to Governors Island for their new zip line adventure, or take the boat to Ellis Island for Untapped Cities’ insiders’ tour. Check out a sculpture by the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti at the beautiful Elizabeth Street Garden, or role play with Ryohei Kawanishi at the Museum of Arts and Design. Finally, treat yourself to a free concert by the New York Philharmonic, inside the history St. John the Divine Cathedral on Memorial Day.
Ryohei Kawanishi’s “NEW” Collection ↑
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Thursday, May 25, 6:00-9:00pm
If you haven’t seen MAD’s latest exhibition, Fashion After Fashion, treat yourself tonight, with a special live activation of Kawanishi’s installation “NEW” Collection. Visitors will engage in a little role-playing and act as fashion buyers with the Japanese designer and his team.
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit ↑
Washington Square Park
Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29
For the past 82 years, artists and artisans have been given reign across the historic Washington Square Park for this massive outdoor exhibition and art sale.
Adventures at Governors Island ↑
Liggett Terrace, Governors Island
Opening Saturday, May 27
Feel the wind in your hair alongside a killer view of Manhattan on Governors Island’s new adventure- a 300-foot zip line that soars over the park at 21 miles per hour! The new attraction is also joined by an “Amazen’ Maze” and a climbing challenge for both kids and adults.
VIP Tour and Film Screening at Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital ↑
Meet at Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
Saturday, May 27, 11:00am
A day of VIP fun! Start out with a behind the scenes tour of the abandoned Ellis Island, a private film screening of the documentary Forgotten Ellis Island with author and director Lorie Conway, an autographed copy of her out of print book, and then check out an art installation by JR!
Central Park Memorial Walk Tour ↑
Maine Monument, Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park
Monday, May 29, 11:00am-1:00pm
Get outside and enjoy the two-mile Memorial Walk Tour through Central Park. The free tour will look at how different generations of New Yorkers viewed the park as a place to remember veterans.
New York Philharmonic Annual Free Memorial Day Concert ↑
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Monday, May 29, 8:00pm
Take in the incredible interior of St. John the Divine to the sounds of the iconic philharmonic. Give yourself extra time to enjoy the cathedral’s gorgeous grounds–and to check out the Keith Haring altar piece!
Summer Night Wishes ↑
Elizabeth Street Garden, between Prince and Spring
Wednesday, May 31, 5:00-8:00pm
Independent curator Marie-Salomé Peyronnel chose seven artists, including the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti, to transform the idyllic garden into an outdoor art exhibition for the month of June.
Bryant Park Insider Tour ↑
Bryant Park, meet at the fountain
Wednesday, May 31, 11:00am-12:00pm
A favorite lunch place of Midtowners, take a spin around Bryant Park and learn about the area’s architecture and history–for free!
Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator, and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori is also the author of two books, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse and The Art of Spray Paint. Follow her on Twitter @ArtNerdNY or Instagram @TheLoriZimmer
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