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Getting in Some Culture in Tribeca

Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel is located in the trendy, culturally-rich neighborhood of TriBeCa.  Known predominantly for its Film Festival offering a rich, diverse offerings helping the “general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center,” this neighborhood is also quiet, charming and very close to the Hudson River Parks.

Currently there are some interesting exhibitions in the area.  The Apexart TriBeCa gallery is hosting ‘Animal Intent,’ which, as Emily Falvey curator explains is an “interspecies collaboration” between human and animal creation.  One example is the honeybees and Aganetha Dyck who worked with William Eakin (photographer and apiarist) to place random objects inside bee hives enabling the bees to cover the pieces in their wax lattices.  This transformed them into what looked like “honeycomb” sculptures.

Then there is The Dietz Lantern Building where David Bonavita is leading an apartment staging. Seeking local artists who are willing to loan artwork temporarily.  This is to be displayed in the apartment while it is on the market and will give Tribeca-based artists some exposure.

So, for art, culture and some quiet luxuriation, TriBeCa with its museums, exhibitions and Shimmie Horn hotels could make the perfect vacation venue.

TriBeCa’s Trinity Church

churchTriBeCa’s Trinity Church – close to Shimmie Horn’s luxurious Cosmopolitan hotel – was recently home to a celebration of Broadway history. Both these locations – Shimmie Horn’s hotel and the Church – perfectly mesh with New York City and all it has to offer: art, shopping and eateries.

Trinity Church (which sits along Broadway at Wall Street) is where Alexander Hamilton was buried. It was Hamilton who actually was one of America’s Founding Fathers and a parishioner at Trinity Church in the late 1700s. It was Hamilton who brought real fame to pop culture and the Hamilton Broadway musical was all for him.

So now, as a mark of recognition and honor of 16 TONY award nominations, on June 10th, Trinity Church gave light to the archives with Hamilton’s name on them, in a one-day only pop-up display of some rare documents that related to his years connected to the church. As Anne Petrimoulx, church archivist said: “Alexander Hamilton has always been someone near and dear to our hearts at Trinity Church. And we’re thrilled to celebrate him and the musical.”

If you missed it while staying at Shimmie Horn’s TriBeCa, there is always the Swedish Midsummer Festival on the 24th of this month which is sure to delight the whole family.

 

The “Taste” of Tribeca

food-festivalFor more than two decades, Tribecans have been privy to sample a wide variety of treats from the Taste of Tribeca Festival.  Tribeca’s top eateries are participating in this program which not only helps people enjoy the fun flavors from around the city, but also raises funds for local public schools’ enrichment programs.

Now in its 22nd year, this “foodie fund-raiser” provides locals with the opportunity to “taste their way” through 65+ top restaurants in the hood.  According to co-chair of the program Claude Arpels, this thus gives everyone a chance “to come and sample the neighborhood – you pay 45 bucks and you get to try food from so many restaurants. It would certainly cost you a lot more to go and eat a full meal at every one.”

This really is financially a great deal – to pay a mere $45 to enjoy 700 “tastes” is phenomenal.  And then to know that you are doing your bit for the community – kids benefiting from food-funded arts programs in the area – really makes it even tastier.  If you think about each item of food costing around $5-10, it doesn’t take a genius to realize how worth it with the Math.

As well as the Taste of Tribeca, locals can enjoy the much newer beer and cider tour that started last year by Arpels which is coming back again this year.

Tribeca Film Festival

film-festivalThe Tribeca Film Festival (that run from April 13 until yesterday), in its 15th year comprised 102 features.  These ranged from foreign language, independent movies to documentaries and more, spanning “all-star Hollywood attractions.”

In addition to the more than 100 features, this year’s Film Festival is showing TV events, virtual reality exhibitions and interactive installations.  Being on the newer side of film festivals, this factor is believed to be a good thing.  Indeed, according to Genna Terranova, director of the festival, this plus enables the festival to work differently, giving it the capacity to “change a little bit more easily, evolve a little bit more easily,” as compared to other older, more stagnated festivals.

Part of this is how the festival closed, which “the bomb – a multimedia, immersive project about nuclear weapons.”  This comprised a 55 minute doc-film on how nuclear weapons have evolved, shown on a giant screen by the Acid band, to a live score.  As Terranova pointed out, this truly was: “documentary-meets-concert-meets-immersive experience.”

A Peek into Tribeca Lofts

atticIf you happen to be visiting New York’s Tribeca neighborhood – perhaps enjoying the relaxing environs at Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel, try to coordinate your visit with the 16th Annual Inside Loft Tour to be held next month. Get in quick though as there are only 400 tickets. They’re a bit pricey ($60 pre-booking, $65 Day Of), but it’s worth it as it is something quite different. In addition, the proceeds go Friends of Duane Park and Friends of Bogardus Plaza

On 19th October, tour participants will be able to walk around some really cool (and super expensive) interestingly designed TriBeCa apartments. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to raise funds. Two of the architects who have designed one apartment this year are Michaela Deiss and Stephen Corelli, two principals of TRIARCH who have been working together in the field of architecture since 1987.

New York City Architecture

New York City Midtown Skyline (?????)A new book published by the University of Illinois Press sheds light on riveting NYC architecture and more. Authored by Professor Wallace, “Media Capital: Architecture and Communications in New York City,” examines the few remaining landmarks in the area constructed by media moguls for the express purpose of validating their dominance.  This book might be of interest to those with a fascination for New York City, its buildings, architecture and how things have changed.  Indeed, for those who frequent modern, luxurious places such as Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel – Tribeca, the book provides an interesting comparison to what was then versus what is now.  Wallace points out in the book how architecture “has served in no small capacity to shore up legitimacy in moments of doubt.”  She also believes that the pattern is coming full circle – near the old Newspaper Row, in downtown New York, there is now a resurgence with moves by The Daily News and Condé Nast along with new media in old media space.

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan

The website Eat Down Tip Up is requesting those in the lower Manhattan area to dine in restaurants heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Once there, they are being encouraged to tip high so as to ease the profit loss caused by a week of no service.  For those who happen to be on vacation in the area – perhaps at Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel – Tribeca – they can also add a helping hand by supporting these businesses that have suffered.

Anthony Boudain who developed the site recently tweeted to New Yorkers to “Eat downtown tonight! Pick a small restaurant. Tip heavily! Send a 20 back to the dishwasher!”  Eating in these places is a great way to support the relief effort whilst enjoying a night out in lower Manhattan.