Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you have a wonderful day and manage to connect with all your loved ones today — somehow!
If you get out for a post-dinner walk in the neighborhood today, you’ll start to see some new splashes of color and art.
Artist Joe Ricco has been busy using the plywood structure of Tito Murphys on Restaurant Row as a canvas for his art as part of the Neighborhood Curbside Canvas Project. Read all about it…
Wander a little further south — maybe on your way to take a look at those 2 million lights at Hudson Yards — and you will find this mural being created on W34th Street between 9/10th Ave. It’s the work of Ashley Simone in collaboration with the HYHK Alliance.
In other art news, Rick Rodriguez is organizing an Art Walk from W57th Street to W34th Street down 9th Avenue. Rick’s been itching to get more activation on the avenue since the Food Festival was canceled this year (he’s been a festival organizer for 14 years). He pitched the idea earlier in the week to Community Board 4. They agreed to support him in getting appropriate Department of Transport permission to set up artist booths in front of vacant storefronts.
“We want to help unify the Hudson Yards and Hell‘s Kitchen neighborhoods, with an art walk along Ninth Avenue, over the course of two weekend days,” Rick told us. “We would like to leverage the art walk to bring foot traffic and interest to both neighborhoods, spotlighting the artists, and the current merchants, restaurants and businesses off and along the avenue.”
Dates to be confirmed, but if you’d like to volunteer to help please email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we’ve been reading
Be sure to keep your papers with you if you’re traveling over Thanksgiving. (WNYC)
Congrats to Trevor Noah, who’s been revealed as 2021 Grammys host. (Vulture)
Aaaah, the good ol’ days of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! (I Love The Upper West Side)
Home alone for Thanksgiving – and loving it. (New York Post)
A bagel famine???? That doesn’t bear thinking about! (Untapped Cities)