leisure 05.11.11

Walking Off the Big Apple

Belmont is open now through July 17th, then again starting September 10th for 37 days. The Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday, June 11th.

Saratoga opens Friday, July 22nd.

Monmouth Park has the million-dollar Haskell Invitational on July 31st.
[Dennis Donohue / Shutterstock.com]

Meadowlands Racetrack hosts the $1.5 million Hambletonian harness race on August 7th.

Opening day for Aqueduct is November 4th.

Come August, Jane's Carousel, the 1922 beauty with 48 horses and two chariots, will be unveiled in its new home: not just a choice Dumbo site of Brooklyn Bridge Park, but within a Jean Nouvel pavilion.

E. Vogel Boots, 19 Howard [Crosby/Lafayette] 212.925.2460. This family-owned business has been making custom riding boots since 1879.

Hermès, 691 Mad [62nd] 212.751.3181, has a full saddle shop, as well as their classic, hand-rolled silk twill scarves with horses. Their downtown store is at 15 Broad [Wall/Exchange] 212.785.3030.

Manhattan Saddlery, 117 E. 24th [Park/Lex] 212.673.1400. Formerly Copperfield, and before that Miller's, the store sells saddles, riding clothing, and accessories.

The Lincoln Center production of War Horse, brought to life by the Handspring Puppet Company, has earned five Tony nominations.

Bronx Equestrian Center, 9 Shore Rd. Bx 718.885.0551
Riverdale Equestrian Centre, W. 254th and Bway 718.548.4848
Kensington Stables, 51 Caton Pl. Bklyn 718.972.4588
Lynne's Riding School, 88-03 70th Rd. Forest Hills 718.261.7679

Kathy Partridge does paintings of equine subjects, including hunt scenes.

Central Park
The Times reports that for the first time in 100 years, Central Park will be home to horses when a new brick barn opens south of the Zoo. It will house equine members of the Mounted Parks Enforcement Patrol. 'Monty' and 'Pete' will be the first to bunk there.

Bjarke Ingels and W57

10 Buzziest Movies at Cannes
[The Daily Beast]

Werner Herzog and the World's Oldest Paintings
[NY Review of Books]

Study Links Fracking to Flammable Drinking Water

Hazy Recall as a Signal Foretelling Depression
[NY Times]

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

A Fine Season for Public Art: Temporary Works in New York City

A giant yellow teddy bear with a desk lamp sits on the hallowed plaza of the Seagram Building, parked there temporarily by Christie's auction house. An equally large marble-dusted head of a child dominates the oval lawn of Madison Square Park. Having lasted through a long winter, the Roses on Park Avenue are coming near their end, just as the flowers around them are in full bloom.

At the northeast corner of Union Square, a chrome statue of Andy Warhol, mercifully not four stories tall, stands on a pedestal. Over at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza near the UN, more than a dozen figures, half in aluminum and half in cast iron, engage in a stand off. Meanwhile, as artist Ai Weiwei is detained in China, his first major sculpture project is unveiled in Grand Army Plaza. A fine season for temporary public art is underway in New York, with a few more works yet to be installed. Here's a list and a map to help locate them. [Continued]


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