Tour ten museums for FREE during the Museum Mile Festival of 2013! Located on the famed “Museum Mile” (Fifth Avenue from 82nd– 105th Streets), thousands of visitors gather to participate in outdoor activities between trips to museums. The Festival is a fantastic way to learn about New York’s history and culture in the company of family and friends. Participating museums for the 2013 Museum Mile Festival are the Museum of African Art, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum and School, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York, Goethe Instiut New York/ German Cultural Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find out more from the official site at http://museummilefestival.org/.
The Museum of the City of New York has a new exhibit that shows the social history of childhood in NYC through toys. Do The Green Thing talks about Re-Consuming (we like the up-cycled minimalist closet). Hester Street Collaborative has made a Collaboration Cart to aid in Community Design Charrettes.
Think Progress asks “Is the Climate Crisis Caused by the 7 Billion or the 1 Percent?” The Public Mapping Project is trying to bring more transparency to electoral redistricting in New York State. Ready to shop for gifts already? City Fabric has made some great looking shirts with NYC maps on them.
NYC DOT will be instituting new high tech parking management in 2012. In other transit news, residential parking permits are being considered. Think Progress ruminates on the pluses and minuses of urban homesteading. Moose Benjamin Curtis scrubs city dirt and grime to make street art. There’s a new book out the making of the High Line Park. Lifehacker gushes over local honey. Find out where to find a producer of local honey in your neighborhood.
ONGOING thru 2013
Twenty “hubs” dispersed along the length of Broadway will serve as sites for collaboration between MMStudio, research scientists and other experts, municipal policy makers, and local community groups. Installations that are small in scale but which aggregate to reveal the vast network of systems vital to a sustainable city, are designed to make sustainability tangible to citizens at street level and catalyze future projects by artists and environmental designers. The sense of incremental transformation—of many individual instances working together to create a powerful cumulative effect—is the overarching idea for the project and the basis of its title “1000 Steps”. The central message to be communicated – generated out of a year-long collaboration with a prestigious scientific and community advisory board – is that nature is everywhere and in action at all times, that the city is an urban ecosystem, that an innumerable number of small decisions over time have shaped the environment to be the one we inhabit today, and that our decisions (behavioral choices) impact the future of all of nature.
To ensure the quality of information being communicated, Mary Miss Studio has formed partnerships with senior personnel at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Science, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, The Institute for Sustainable Cities at CUNY, the Wallerstein Collaborative for Environmental Education at NYU, and with the writer Tony Hiss. The partners have met monthly to develop learning goals, shape the information gathering framework that informs the deployment of art markings, and curate the specific information that will be included at each hub. In order to secure municipal partnerships, permits, and permissions, there is an ongoing dialogue with the Department of Planning, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, Department of Buildings, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability.