Art Is All Around Returns With Two Art Installations, Lunchtime Concert Series

This week the Downtown Alliance’s Art Is All Around campaign returns with two newly installed interactive art pieces — “Optik” and “Roseaux” — plus, later this month, a free lunchtime concert series. The art will be on view through June 21, and the concerts will take place on Wednesdays at 12 p.m., beginning May 17.

“Optik,” on display at Cortlandt Way, was created by the Urban Conga in collaboration with Serge Maheu. “Roseaux,” at 200 Water St., was created by 1ToMn in collaboration with UDO Design and Serge Maheu. And New York-based musician/producer Svetlana Shmulyian is programming the weekly concert series set at both locations. You can check out Shmulyian’s lineup here.

Restaurant Week Is BACK: 25 Delicious Deals in Lower Manhattan

Just in time for peak outdoor dining season, everybody’s favorite culinary event is back and ready to feed budgeting New Yorkers looking to try the best restaurants in the city. And Lower Manhattan’s first-rate dining rooms are turning out, with generous Restaurant Week deals: Two- and three-course prix fixe meals hitting a range of price points for the diner who craves a little affordability — maybe even an ability to try ’em all.

The promotion begins Monday, July 18, through Monday, August 21. You can read more details at the Restaurant Week site, but for your convenience, see the following for the participating restaurants below Chambers Street:

  • Anassa Taverna (104 North End Avenue)
  • Barbalu (225-227 Front Street)
  • Bill’s Bar & Burger—Downtown (85 West Street)
  • Blue Smoke (255 Vesey Street)
  • Carne Mare (Pier 17)
  • Casa Taqueria (40 Gold Street)
  • Del Frisco’s Grille (250 Vesey Street, Brookfield)
  • Felice (15 Gold Street)
  • Firenze Ristorante Toscano & Bar (101 Liberty Street, Eataly)
  • The Fulton (Pier 17)
  • Industry Kitchen (70 South Street)
  • La Pizza and La Pasta (101 Liberty Street, Eataly)
  • Mad Dog & Beans (83 Pearl Street)
  • Malibu Farm (Pier 17)
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse (136 Washington Street)
  • One Dine at One World Observatory (117 West Street)
  • Route 66 Smokehouse (46 Stone Street)
  • Sant Ambroeus (200 Vesey Street)
  • Schilling (109 Washington Street)
  • Seamore’s (250 Vesey Street, Brookfield)
  • Stout NYC FiDi (90 John Street)
  • Temple Court (5 Beekman Street)
  • Treadwell Park (301 South End Avenue)
  • The Tuck Room (11 Fulton Street)
  • Vino e Grano (101 Liberty Street, Eataly NYC Downtown)

Happy eating!

How To Get To The Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty turns 136 years old this year, and that’s maybe how long it’s been since you’ve considered visiting the iconic monument. In movies, the statue has paraded through the streets of Manhattan as an avatar of New Yorkers’ spirit (“Ghostbusters 2”), been dressed up with Captain America’s shield (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”) and destroyed in basically every kind of disaster, but the good ol’ Lady Liberty is still standing as strong as ever.

If you never visited on a school field trip or with your out-of-town family, it’s worth seeing for yourself up close at least once. Here’s how to get there.

Ferry Cruises

You don’t need a ticket to enter the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, but you do need a ticket to ride the ferry to get there. Here’s a very important part: the only vendor authorized to sell tickets to Liberty and Ellis Islands is Statue Cruises. If someone else tries to sell you a ticket, don’t buy it!

Tickets include round-trip ferry rides, an audio tour, access to the Ellis Island Museum and the Statue of Liberty pedestal (the crown of the statue is currently not open to the public). Ferries run from morning through late afternoon. Check here for updated times.

Where To Get Tickets

You can buy tickets at the Statue Cruises ticket booths in Castle Clinton in Battery Park, or in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side. Get your tickets online in advance to cut down any confusion when looking for the ticket booth. Tickets start at $23.80.

Boat By, For Free

This is a hack we will repeat to our tourist friends until the Harbor runs dry: The Staten Island Ferry is a perfectly fine, and free, way to see the Statue of Liberty. The ferry leaves from Whitehall Terminal, goes right by Lady Liberty, providing some perfect picture opportunities (twice, with the round trip). Plus, you can buy cheap beer on board the boat too.

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