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Archive: September 2015

Morning Eye Candy: Crystal Clear

Posted in Photography on September 30 2015, by Matt Newman

It’s that time of year again—almost a holiday, really—where we pull out the cherry picker and take the whitewash off the Conservatory. If you didn’t know it was fall before, this is your cue!

The whitewash goes on in late spring, when high temperatures and bright sunlight need to be mitigated to keep our plants happy. Come the cooler months, we strip it off to give the Conservatory plants as much sunlight as possible. It’s a refreshing annual swap that signals lots of changes to come as the seasons play out.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

FRIDA KAHLO’s Final Weeks Bring Fall Celebrations

Posted in Programs and Events on September 28 2015, by Lansing Moore

Día de los MuertosFall brings fresh air, vibrant color, and seasonal activities for the whole family at NYBG this year as part of the final month of FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Come celebrate the season and experience this blockbuster exhibition before it closes on November 1 with Frida al Fresco Evenings, Día de los Muertos Weekends, and Halloween activities for the whole family—including the annual Giant Pumpkin Display!

Only five Frida al Fresco evenings remain during the last month of FRIDA KAHLO. Be transported to the world of Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City during a crisp fall evening at NYBG for an unforgettable escape. On select Thursday and Friday evenings in October, the Garden remains open until 11 p.m. with live music, cocktails, and more to enhance your experience of the Casa Azul in the Conservatory and Kahlo’s rare works in the Art Gallery.

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This Weekend: First Days of Fall & Frida Continues

Posted in Programs and Events on September 25 2015, by Matt Newman

The NYBG WeekendThe weather’s on the move. You can see it in the cardigans sprinkling sidewalk traffic, and the words “pumpkin spice” galloping across coffee shop windows from here to the city limits. It’s moving in the Garden, too, however small the measures; the air’s crisp and the summer haze is lifting, and in pockets you see the subtle tease of changing leaves. But while the heat may be pulling up stakes, our blockbuster summer exhibition—FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life—is anything but finished. I’d say it’s just getting started in the new season.

As we head into fall, keep an eye out for the first signs of Día de los Muertos, the Mexican day of the dead held in honor of passed relatives. We’re already prepping for two incredible weekends held in celebration of the holiday come late October, and we’re not about to miss an opportunity to invite our friend Ray Villafane, pumpkin carver extraordinaire, to join us in the adventure. During Frida al Fresco evenings from now through the end of the exhibition on November 1, expect the fall colors to mingle in kind with new schedules of live music, dance, food, and drink to suit the season.

If you haven’t seen FRIDA, now’s your best shot.

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NYBG Wins Big at 2015 Concierge Choice Awards

Posted in NYBG in the News on September 24 2015, by Matt Newman

Concierge Choice AwardsNow in their eighth year, the Concierge Choice Awards are an opportunity for New York City’s sharpest guides to spotlight the institutions and individuals that make the Big Apple experience what it is. NYBG was recognized as the Best Tourist Attraction in the five boroughs by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges back in 2013, and this year we were asked back to the stage for an encore performance!

There’s no dearth of options for keeping yourself busy in New York. Whether you live here or you’re in town for an adventure, you’ve got Broadway shows, Museum Mile, countless first-class restaurants, and sprawling green spaces—all vying for your attention. To be counted among the top institutions in this city by the people who know them best is a momentous honor for NYBG, and we’re all so thankful to have been considered.

The next time you’re in the city, or even if you’re a resident and you feel like taking a hotel staycation, make time to stop by the concierge’s desk to get some input on the day’s plans—because nobody knows this metropolis better.