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Swiss Dossier Part 1
Old New York

Swiss National Day is celebrated on August 1, honoring the 1291 alliance of the three cantons. Swiss National Day NYC takes place on
Saturday, July 27, at 6pm, in the Central Park Zoo. There will be food, music, a raffle, a silent auction, a sea lion demonstration, and plenty to do for kids. Tickets are $45-65 for adults. Get up to speed with this History of the Swiss in New York.

Heidi, 61 Extra Pl. [E.1st between Bowery/2nd Ave] 212.777.4262, for bünderfleisch (delicious, air-dried beef), raclette, fondue, and rösti.

While Swiss-born Ralf Kuettel's Trestle on Tenth, 242 10th [24th] 212.645.5659, ranges beyond the Alps, you will find rösti, gratinéed pizokel (small dumplings) with caramelized onions and Gruyère. There are a few Swiss wines on the list in the unlikely event that you're a Swiss wine fan. They do carry several beers from the Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes brewery, which creates exciting, crazy brews.

In the theater district, Mont Blanc, 315 W. 48th [8th/9th] 212.582.9648, kicks it old school with Continental cuisine (look it up, young ones) as well as fondue.

Serge Becker's Cafe Select, 212 Lafayette [Broome/Spring] 212.925.9322, serves Swiss-ish food in the main dining room, and has just installed Cervantes' Oyster Shack and Bar in the back room, for some reason.

Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park: Swiss.

For shows of work by modern and contemporary Swiss artists, check out the Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster [Grand/Canal] 212.925.2035. Currently they have a group show called A Sunday in the Mountains, which is in no way the pastoral idyll it sounds.

On the grounds of the Forest Houses in the Bronx, the Dia Foundation has produced a work in public space by Swiss-born, Paris-based Thomas Hirschhorn titled Gramsci Monument after the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci. The sprawling, treehouse-like edifice, built by residents of the Forest Houses, is hosting thought-provoking events, while its lounge fosters a sense of community.

In Merge, the third of his three-part series, following Empty and Dense, Swiss photographer Gus Petro moves Manhattan to the Grand Canyon. [via: New York mag]

A video of Homage to New York, Jean Tinguely's 1960 work of a machine that was designed to self-destruct in the Sculpture Garden of MoMA.

Henry Leutwyler, the fine Swiss-born photographer, spent a month backstage at the New York City Ballet, capturing the more unguarded moments of the dancers. It's now out as book titled Ballet.

Mayor Robert F. Wagner purchasing a pumpkin from
Arthur Conklin at a farmer's market in the Bronx, 1958


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