During two-hour walking tours or three-hour bike tours, the guides from Gotham SideWalks aim to give groups valuable insight into the history and the future of several iconic New York neighborhoods. These journeys focus on Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in particular, encouraging visitors to experience the city's culture by interacting with the art, architecture, and community members as much as possible. All the while, guides describe how the areas were shaped by the contributions of former, current, and time-traveling New Yorkers. On the journey through the Lower East Side, guests learn about how the neighborhood helped shape artistic expression through the neighborhood's gallery exhibits as well as street art displays. The tour of Brooklyn Heights focuses on love and the role that the architecturally rich neighborhood played in the lives of resident authors?including Arthur Miller, W.E.B. Dubois, Marianne Moore, Gypsy Rose Lee, Norman Mailer, and more?throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: A member of the Visitor Services team will happily snap a souvenir photo of guests with the 22,500 pound anchor in the building's lobby
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Tours of the Navy Yard
What special training do you or your staff have?
BLDG 92 staff know the ins and outs of our exhibits as well as local area highlights. For groups of eight or more with advanced reservation, staff can lead visitors on a 45-minute private guided exhibit tour where they'll reveal all of the center's highlights [for a] suggested donation of $5 per person.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
The Today's Yard gallery is an enjoyable demonstration of the astonishing array of products and services offered by the businesses who took up the massive buildings and infrastructure passed on by the Navy. Video accounts by a few of these entrepreneurs demonstrate the Yard's trajectory: a journey reinforced by our latest rotating exhibit Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing.
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We also have a beautifully designed outdoor forecourt, which is a perfect place to read on a weekend morning with a cup of coffee.
The frames at J. Reznik Studios don't just immortalize old photographs and new college diplomas; they also keep the memories of fallen heroes alive. As the studio's in-house artist, Jodi Reznik has eased the pain of lost loved ones for dozens of families—such as those of Suffolk County police officer Glen Ciano and NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko—by memorializing them with brush strokes on canvas. Equal parts frame shop, gallery, and conversation space, the studio beckons art lovers of all stripes to interact with Jodi and her husband, Jeff, while they browse her work or select a frame for an existing piece. Expert print makers also enlarge and emblazon images on paper and canvas to forge eye-catching photo gifts, and staffers specializing in flower preservation enshrine bouquets from weddings or punish daisies with unpaid gambling debts behind quality glass. J. Reznik Studios has impressed not only walk-in customers, but online clients as well, earning an 86% customer-approval rating from Groupon users.
In 1899, program directors at what is today's Brooklyn Children's Museum decided to transform an old family mansion into a museum geared toward children. Anna Billings Gallup headed up the first crew of curators, who transformed the space into the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the world's first youth-geared institution of its kind.
Today, the museum preserves Gallup's world-renowned passion for educating children along with more than 30,000 objet d'anthropology, from shark jawbones to tribal masks. Eight standing exhibits, a greenhouse, and a garden aim to entertain kids and families and include an exploration of world culture. The Sensory Room provides an interactive experience for special-needs children, with visual, auditory, and motor-skills-related activities. The museum also teaches future generations about sustainability with a curriculum based on the building's own inner workings, which are certified green by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Filling a need for a local space where artists share vision as well as physical area, Brooklyn Art Space houses much of the foundational equipment artists need to create their work without being forced to rent private studios. The loft offers many work-area options to its members such as a 4,000-square-foot shared studio space, semiprivate spaces, a gallery, and a writers’ room. Each member is granted open access to equipment such as tables, easels, drying racks, and slop sinks, and can come and go as they wish 24 hours a day.
Alongside the working studio, artists teach workshops including a diverse lineup of classes that range from traditional 2-D painting and drawing courses to sewing and mixed-media projects. Reflecting the space’s commitment to fostering a community of artists, the staff also holds frequent figure-drawing sessions, gallery shows, feedback forums, and an art-talk series.
Black & White Project Space is a non-profit art organization committed to production, presentation and promotion of innovative and audience-engaging site-specific installations otherwise in danger of under-representation. Black & White Project Space is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.