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HIGH LINE ROLLER RINK

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New York’s High Line Park is making a run to stay top of mind for visitors and locals alike. Its deluge of creative art and community events is impressive. In a short amount of time, the park has become a must see destination. And more recently, they’ve partnered with Uniqlo – the Japanese clothing company – to open an outdoor roller skating rink. It’s the only venue of its kind in Manhattan and occupies 8,000 sq-ft of pure enjoyment. Admission and skate rentals are reasonably priced at $12 for adults and $10 for kids under 13. It’s open daily till September 26th. So get to Manhattan on a nice day to enjoy the beautiful park and a little rink time with friends and family. Freshness Magazine has a terrific gallery of photographs from the opening event. Click Read More for a closer look.

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MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora is an incredible learning institution. Since 2005, MoAD has served as an invaluable resource by being the only museum in the world solely focused on showcasing the rich African Diaspora culture. Through traditional and innovative exhibitions, educational programs and workshops for adults and kids, MoAD offers a myriad of opportunities to learn and enjoy the culture and history of the African Diaspora and the communities of people of African descent across the world. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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A SENSE OF PLACE

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Travel inspiration leaps off the screen at Tourisms. It’s a simple concept with a unique focus. Instead of worrying about the details, their online travel guides communicate a sense of place through stunning imagery. As they describe it, “Tourisms is our attempt at curating brilliant, personalized travel guides, with the help of photographers the world over.” It’s emotional. It’s human. And, it’ll make you want to visit each one of the featured locations. Below we have a sample of photos from Roma by Martina Maffini.

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RAINBOW PANORAMA

olafur eliasson rainbow panorama

Art and architecture collide to create a fantastic exhibit at Denmark’s ARoS Art Museum. Instead of exhibiting inside the museum, this unique installation sits atop the ARoS. The Rainbow Panorama by Olafur Eliasson is surreal in its application. As he describes, “I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside – where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to moving.” Rainbow Panorama is on display Tuesday through Sunday all through June. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area.

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THE EXPANDING HIGH LINE

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Whenever we visit NY we make time to stop by the High Line. It’s our favorite park for many reasons. But most importantly, it reminds us what can be accomplished when a few determined community members rally and convince everyone of their vision for something beautiful and innovative. At times it must have seemed impossible to get buy-in from other community members, public officials and city administration, but they did it. And, they did it with amazing effect.

This week they opened the second section of the park which doubles its size – making it one mile in length stretching from Gansvoort Street to West 30th – connecting the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. If you haven’t checked out the High Line, we highly recommend visiting. Click Read More for a closer look.

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HAVE A SEAT

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New Role Models is an exciting urban initiative by New York based Click Boom Pow. Instead of waiting for the city to beautify their city, they took matters into their own hands by developing and distributing beautiful urban furniture throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you’re in the area you might see a few. The artful seating is created by bending quarter inch steel and laminating it with selected works by acclaimed designers like Chris Streger, Davla, Fawad Kahn and Milton Glaser. We hope more people are inspired by this effort and create beautiful works for their own city spaces. Click Read More to view a few photos from the project.

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KARIM RASHID'S DNA

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We love Karim Rashid’s interpretation of city street lights. As one of our generation’s most prolific designers, he continues to add futuristic stylings and bright colored elements to the ecology of everyday life. Pictured above is a project he did for the italian company SLIDE. Entitled DNA – the folks at SLIDE describe it as “…a weave of lights, colors and suggestions, all illuminated with LED technology – a revisiting of traditional luminous decorations.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, art & design, innovations

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