New and Unusual Outdoors

New and Unusual Outdoors

19 April 2013

Central Park? The High Line? Smorgasburg? We love them, of course, but we’ve been there, done that. Doesn’t mean we can’t go again, but why not make a few new favorites, too? This season, try these out for size.

Smell: If there’s one pink that’s in season every year, it’s that of the cherry blossom trees. Wander under whole groves of them at the Hanami orchards at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn.)

Swoon: Indulge in a romantic-movie moment under the Silvered Gazebo, rising up from the green lawns of Socrates Sculpture Park. Brooklyn-based sculptor Heather Rowe is the hand behind the lattice. (32-01 Vernon Boulevard, at Broadway. From May 13.)

Watch: The summer film series in Bryant Park is old hat. Instead, get in touch with your inner underground at an indie viewing at the Open Road Rooftop Project, at the old Seward Park High School. (350 Grand Street, between Essex and Ludlow streets. Starting in May. Schedule available here.)

Gallery-hop: Outdoor-style, with a tour of the City of New York Parks & Recreation’s new “Art in the Parks” installations and other public artworks.

1) Start at the Flatiron, and ponder William Ryman’s aptly named “Bird” sculpture, maybe with an Eataly gelato cone in hand. On view until April 26.

2) Head uptown to Thomas Schütte’s “United Enemies.” Poignantly funny sculptures of fighting bodies melded together sit at Central Park and Fifth Avenue. On view until August 25.

3) End your journey just to the east, with a stroll up Park Avenue from 54th Street. Alexandra Arrechea fashioned 10 mammoth sculptures that capture the essence of various New York City buildings. See if you can figure out which is which! On view until June 9.

Journey: Take a day trip up to the heart of the Hudson Valley, to the outdoor sculpture galleries at Storm King Art Center. A site-specific installation by Thomas Houseago will soon be the main attraction. Think Transformers gone indie. (1 Museum Road, New Windsor, New York. On view until December 1.)