With spring in NYC ushering in blooming trees, flowering plants, and blossoming gardens, many New Yorkers wish they had better access to these natural beauties. But even if you’re not fortunate enough to have a backyard, garden, or terrace (or fire escape for that matter), there are loads of ways to get your green thumb on in the city. From flower arranging in a cute Williamsburg shop to landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden to a houseplant 101 class in Chelsea, 6sqft has rounded up a dozen of the best places for gardening, plant, and flower classes in the city.
New York Botanical Garden
In a city where hundreds of interesting events occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Ahead Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer shares her top picks for 6sqft readers!
Photography lovers are in for a treat this week: New York legend Martha Cooper opens a new exhibition of her photographs of graffiti in the 1970s and 80s; historic works from India by iconic street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson are on show at the Rubin Museum; and touching portraits of West Africa by young photographer Anne Barlinckhoff are being showcased at The Quin. If you need a break from real life, take in the immersive and contemplative installation of Doug Wheeler, or float away on Pinaree Sanpitak’s meditative piece at Brookfield Place. Finally, join in on an Earth Day conversation in Times Square, or take in the work of “forgotten “ New York street artist Richard Hambelton in an event happening one night only.
After getting through the see-sawing weather of March, spring seems to have finally sprung in New York. To fully experience the changing seasons, check out these cherry blossom trackers from both the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. Right now, more blossoms can be spotted in Brooklyn, with the first flowers appearing last Wednesday.
Roses and chocolate are nice, but why go the traditional route when the city has so much more to offer for Valentine’s Day. Show your significant other, spouse, or best friend how much they mean to you with one of these ten alternative events that 6sqft rounded up throughout the city. From a wastewater treatment plant tour, to after-hours museum visits, to a romantic evening at the planetarium, these are the perfect ideas for urbanists, historians, and art lovers.
An overhead rendering of the Edible Academy complex. Image: Cooper Robertson
The New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy—an agricultural education platform providing hands-on activities and interactive programs for children in the Bronx and Greater New York City area—broke ground on their new building complex last Thursday, October 27. The $28 million facility, which will be completed in the Spring of 2018, will double the number of on-site learners to 100,000 annually in at attempt to expand the group’s garden-based educational programs. The new complex will include display gardens, a teaching greenhouse, and terraced amphitheater, with new programming to include after-school classes, one-day gardening workshops, and week-long institutes for K-8 and high school students and teachers.
- Head to the New York Botanical Garden and pretend it feels like spring. The Orchid Show is back until April 19th. [Welcome2theBronx]
- Where New Yorkers met for coffee in the 1790s. [Ephemeral NY]
- Don’t clip your nails on the bus, please. The MTA extends its courtesy campaign to buses. [7online]
- A Lower East Side artist has a show of miniature drawings and cut-outs that depict the gentrification of the neighborhood. [Gothamist]
- Yorkville restaurant owners feel slighted that Mayor de Blasio hasn’t stopped in since moving to Gracie Mansion (and erecting a privacy fence). [NYDN]
- Check out Bloomingdale’s display of crayon-inspired looks by major fashion designers. [Laughing Squid]
Every year, the New York Botanical Garden‘s Holiday Train Show gives visitors the chance to marvel at iconic New York landmarks and model trains. Now in its 23rd year, the show features more than 20 locomotives traveling on almost a quarter mile of tracks, which are laid out amongst the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, and more than 150 other replicas made from bark, pine cones, pistachio shells, and other plant materials.
Like any train, the Holiday Train Show requires a team of conductors to guide it, and Karen Daubmann is on board as the Associate Vice President of Exhibitions and Public Engagement, responsible for overseeing a wide range of current and future exhibitions. For this show, Karen works closely with Applied Imagination, the visionaries and builders behind these structures, to ensure the show runs smoothly and on time. We recently visited the show and spoke with Karen–standing near the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium–to learn more about this annual production.
It’s official–fall is here. And one of the greatest things about this time of year is the plethora of seasonal activities that comes with it. We’ve rounded up some of the best that New York City has to offer this fall, from corn mazes for kids to funeral reenactments for adults.