Architecture Valentines Skyscraper Museum
Love for architecture is in the air! Create your custom-made Valentines featuring romantic skyscrapers and intriguing architectural features. You can share them with family, friends or your secret crush. All ages. RSVP required. 39 Battery Place. $5 https://www.skyscraper.org/WHAT’S_UP/family_programs.htm
Tree of Hearts: Valentines
Children’s book reading and craft workshop. Make your own Valentine’s Day “Tree of Hearts.” We’ll use felt hearts, paper hearts, lace hearts, heart buttons, yarn, stamps, and wire to decorate the branches of our Valentine Trees. Kids can even dedicate their hanging hearts to family and friends. For inspiration, we’ll read fantastic books about love: stories perfect for robots, zombies, monsters, bunnies, humans, and clowns. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks.
Storybook Reading and Activity: Nobody Owns the Sky by Reeve Linburgh
National Museum of the American Indian
Join museum staff in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center classroom for a storybook reading and related make-and-take activity. February’s book is Nobody Owns the Sky by Reeve Linburgh. One Bowling Green. https://americanindian.si.edu/calendar#/?i=3
Fighting for Freedom
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Guided tour. From espionage to harrowing tales of escape, this tour highlights the important role that African-Americans, both enslaved and free, played in the American Revolution. Learn about the incredible achievements and contributions of James Armistead Lafayette, Elizabeth Freeman and others during the War, and how their contributions laid the groundwork for the eventual abolition of slavery in the United States. Included with regular Museum admission. No advance registration necessary. 54 Pearl Street. https://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org/events-calendar/2020/2/20/fighting-for-freedom-gncpm
Paper Cutting Workshop
Celebrate the Lantern Festival, the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, with this special paper-cutting workshop from artist and teacher Hongyi He. Paper-Cutting is an important tradition and art form of Chinese folk life. During festivals and holidays like the Lunar New Year, every home must have some paper-cuttings adorning their walls, windows or doors. In this workshop, participants will learn basic skills of paper-cutting through folding and cutting the paper and create unique Year of the Rat and lantern pieces. This workshop is available for ages 6 and up. Repeated at 4:15pm. 40 Rector Street. $5, $15 https://www.chinainstitute.org/event/paper-cutting-workshop-art-chinese-new-year/
Stopping Time for Fun and Profit: A Writing Workshop with Ander Monson
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Join the musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppet pals for entertaining programs that nurture family bonds and bridge connections to Jewish life and traditions. For ages infant to 4 years old and their grownups. 36 Battery Place. Free https://mjhnyc.org/events/new-families-new-traditions-22/
Valentine Making Workshop
Battery Park City Authority
Take part in this time-honored annual BPC tradition where participants are invited to make personalized, handmade cards for their loved ones. Cut, paste and decorate with provided materials, and don’t forget to seal it with a kiss. Art projects are designed for ages 4 and up. Registration required: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org/. 6 River Terrace. Free https://bpca.ny.gov/event/valentine-making-workshop-2/
Transition, charcoal, gouache and resin on paper 32″ x 46″
Steven Amedee Gallery
Tapestry of Discord
A solo exhibition of oil paintings and mixed media works on paper by the South African artist Luke Baggott.
In Tapestry of Discord, Mr. Baggot uses New York City as a backdrop to challenge narrative conventions about place and community. Drawing on his experiences as a foreigner, his work highlights the fragmentation and confusion present in familiar spaces, destabilizing entrenched ideas about the City. His work examines what it is to be different and whether the process of assimilation requires us to abandon vital parts of our identity in the quest for belonging.
2020 International Krappy Kamera Competition First Place winner
Krappy Kamera Exhibition
The gallery is proud to present its annual Krappy Kamera Exhibition, including the winners of the 2020 International Competition. Exhibits by Soho Photo Gallery artists. The Competition originated at Soho Photo Gallery in 1998 and is one of the high points of the year. “Selecting just forty-five photographs from well over eight hundred submissions is no easy feat, especially when presented with such a rich array of diverse imagery. Nonetheless, I have endeavored to assemble an impressive group of photographic prints by a wide range of artists employing cameras outfitted with ‘lousy lenses.’ The outstanding results are an inspiration.”
On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Van Der Plas Gallery presents a solo exhibition of work by Konstantin Bokov on view now through February 16th, 2020. It features Bokov’s signature found-art assemblage, sculptures, paintings, and sketches over four prolific decades.
Born in Ukraine, was groomed to pursue music at the Art Academy of Leningrad in St. Petersburg, a visceral encounter with Vincent van Gogh’s sunsets changed the trajectory of his life. From Moscow, he immigrated to New York City in 1974.
Gallerist and curator Adriaan van der Plas shares, “Bokov embodies the true spirit of an outsider with no phone or email to reach him. With a pure heart, he regards creativity as spiritual, and offers it with unbridled generosity.”
Exhibition through February16
Van Der Plas Gallery, 156 Orchard Street 212-227-8983
Every Community Board has 50 seats which are filled for two-year terms by volunteers, who are selected by the Borough President and local City Council members. Half the seats are up for appointment or re-appointment every year.
Community Boards get a seat at the table in high-stakes land use, real estate, and zoning negotiations, and they work directly with city agencies to influence how government services are delivered at the neighborhood level.
In the extremely cold of the winter of 1976, I had the opportunity to go birding near Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania.
There were a handful of us and I was new to birdwatching. Living for a year in the Pennsylvania woods afforded me the opportunity to see some amazing things in nature, but none compared to the sighting of two Bald Eagles and two Golden Eagles flying low over our heads, no doubt as curious about us as we were of them. Their wingspan was about six feet! I was hooked.
On Sunday, February 9, Mr. Padalino will lead the birding adventure in the search for eagles. Mr. Padalino, president emeritus of PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center) and the Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, leads the winter search for Eagles.
It’s a drive away from Lower Manhattan. The morning begins at 8am when the group meets in the parking lot of PEEC. Or you can meet them at the Historic Callahan House, 101 Route 209 South @ mile marker 21, Milford, Pennsylvania. It’s about a 1.5-2 hour trip from Lower Manhattan, but worth the trip.
Dress warmly, bring binoculars, a field guide, and a lunch.
If you are interested in participating, call Jack Padalino at 570-296-6752 or email him at email@example.com It’ll be a day you’ll never forget.
There’s no charge for this adventure. Future outings: Sunday March 1 and 8.
Eyes to the Sky
February 4 – 16, 2020
Planet Venus dazzles, New York stargazers defy light pollution
Light Pollution Map of Lower Manhattan, marked by two red pins, and environs. Blue to purple areas are the least light polluted, yellow to red the most. https://www.lightpollutionmap.info
While we were looking the other way, the dazzle of starry skies that we thought would always be there has been dimmed by a hazy scrim: when encountered, we feel as if a disease has overtaken our eyes. But the haze is accumulated wasted light from each of our trillions of outdoor lights – private and public – that are poorly designed and, in many instances, too bright for the purpose. The result is that the light scatters around and up to the sky, known as “light trespass” and “light pollution.” Excessive light is also wasted light and it is not only a wasted resource. While quick to light up our world, we have not only been oblivious to polluting our skies, but are discovering that light pollution is having deleterious affects on human health and the health of our environment. Look here.