For more than three years, the artists at Ink House Studios have been decorating flesh with customized tattoos and piercings. Bold, bright floral designs, immaculate text, and traditional Japanese-style designs rendered in smooth gray and black are just a few specialties. Piercing specialists embellish bodies with gleaming jewelry or microdermal jewels.
Reflecting the diverse scope and scale of science itself, the exhibits at the New York Hall of Science range from massive NASA rockets to holographic depictions of the infinitesimal atom. Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair to showcase technological advancements, the center has since transformed into an interactive museum and leading innovator in exhibit technology and educational programming that, since 1986, has seen more than 7 million visitors. Today, more than 450 interactive exhibits, along with 3D movies and live daily demonstrations, invite visitors of all ages to explore the world by watching living microbes thrive and evolve in a miniscule zoo, discovering the powerful mathematics hidden in everyday objects, and testing their understanding of physics and Plutonian trash talk in the science playground, along with the mini-golf course inspired by the cosmos. The youngest visitors can also enjoy a developmentally-appropriate science education of their own in Preschool Place.
The Alley Pond Environmental Center is a non-profit group dedicated to teaching children and adults about the natural world and protecting unadulterated environments from dastardly land poachers. Both membership levels give you discounts on programs at the center, discounted birdseed prices, reduced birthday party rates, and VIP access to teddy bear picnics. And for an additional fee, adults can take part in monthly astronomy workshops to view celestial bodies in skies free of ambiance-obstructing light pollution, while weekend sessions and after-school programs give kids an outdoors alternative to television absorption.
Built between 1836 and 1842, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has serene gardens, astounding landscaping, and ornate Greek Revival architecture. Visitors can expand their knowledge of Civil War–era social structure while gazing at the mansion’s exquisite antique furnishings during a tour (scheduled at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Bask in sunshine trickling through tall windows in the mansion's Orangerie, then imagine yourself darning sock puppets amid the neoclassical decorations that fill the ornate Double Parlor. Through November 21, museum minglers can inspect the exhibit The Boltons of Pelham Priory, which examines the fascinating neighbors of the Bartow-Pell Mansion, who built the nearby Gothic Revival Priory and invented the first reverse jet pack.
Since 1971, the Bronx Museum of the Arts has amassed a diverse collection of 20th century and contemporary art that reflects the eclectic cultures of the Bronx and New York. Featured exhibits include Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio, a collection of 20 gravure plates that represent the artist's involvement with Mexican art and revolutionary politics. And currently running through December 31, 2010, the Yankee Stadiums exhibit commemorates the history of the storied stadium, including the iconic moment when Yankee fans saw the new stadium open after the old one became self-aware and launched itself into space.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's four-block-long building, located in Central Park, functions as a time capsule, preserving hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts that collectively demonstrate mankind's finest achievements. Founded in 1870 to bring fine art closer to the general public, the Museum has since become a means of exploring worldwide cultures through art.
With more than 400 galleries open to the public, seeing all the Museum has to offer is more of a lifetime achievement than an afternoon commitment. Paintings by preeminent artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh draw huge crowds, but unexpected treasures await those willing to dig deeper. One collection of galleries features the world?s most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Another, equally compelling?and newly reopened?collection is devoted to intricate Islamic artwork from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia and India. It's also impossible to overlook the galleries of Egyptian art and its approximately 26,000 artifacts, making it the largest collection of its kind outside Cairo.
The Met?s collection is so expansive that it cannot fit entirely in its Fifth Avenue location. Travel to Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, and you'll find the Museum's collection of reassembled cloisters, which opened to the public in 1938. These beautiful medieval structures currently house around 2,000 manuscripts, tapestries, and stained-glass artworks largely dating from the 12th century through the 15th century. Three of the cloisters even feature gardens planted in accordance with medieval tradition.