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This week BTR went to check out the Bergdorf Goodman “Brilliant” holiday windows on 754 5th Ave--the theme this year seemed to be crystals and bling, in great abundance.
This week BTR went to see the Macy’s Holiday Windows in Herald Square--their holiday windows have been a cherished tradition for years.
This week BTR went to check out the Wired Interactive Window--a place where visitors can use a touchscreen display and build their perfect wish lists for the holidays.
This week BTR went to check out the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a well recognized symbol of the holidays in NYC.
This week BTR went to check out the Union Square Holiday Market; the market is open until Dec. 24th, 2015.
This week BTR went to check out the McCarren Park Greenmarket, a farmers market that has been held every week since 1997.
BTR went to check out “Scenario In The Shade"--an immersive installation created by artists Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe and Jennifer Herrema.
PHOTOBLOG: This Week, BTR went to check out the French Bulldog Meetup at the McCarren Dog Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea to check out the Simon Hantai exhibit, Blancs. The exhibition will run until December 5, 2015.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to check out the 25th annual Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park. The park was filled with people and their pooches, dressed to the nines in homemade costumes.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to see the Mike Kelley exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. This show featured an array of the late Los Angeles artist's work, namely his illuminated “City” sculptures and a sprawling installation that has never been exhibited before in the US.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to check out a solo exhibition by London-based artist Danny Rolph, titled 'RECOLLECTION'. This series consists of many different visually striking plastic panels that have been collaged and painted on to create sharp, emotive compositions that are reminiscent of graffiti and also pop art.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR paid a visit to the Strut Your Mutt festival in Hudson River Park. The festival features a five mile race, treat stations, dog yoga, face painting, photo booths, and a doggie kissing contest. All money raised during the festival and walk goes to saving homeless animals and helping pay for any medical procedures they may require. The festival also featured many lovable pooches that were looking for new homes and could be adopted immediately.
PHOTOBLOG: This weekend, BTR paid a visit to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Since 1996, Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization, has arranged this 11-day festival to celebrate Italian culture and tradition. The tiny three block neighborhood gets packed every year with New Yorkers and tourists alike eager to see the sights, take a chance on the sketchy carnival rides, and try the diverse food. This year the streets were nearly impenetrable with the amount of people. The festival boasts a number of events, such as a cannoli eating contest, food tastings, marching bands, and comedy shows.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to go check out 'Energy & Abstraction,' an exhibition of drawings by Gordon Matta-Clark at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Matta-Clark was a well-known conceptual interdisciplinary artist in the '70s.
PHOTOBLOG: If you're in New York and want to see a unique public art installation, check out 'Fata Morgana' in Madison Square Park. The 500 foot long sculpture by Teresita Fernandez was made from cut-out mirror-polished metal disks that hover above the park's walkway.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out the opening day of the 2015 US Open at Flushing Meadows' Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. Players compete in their first round matches under the scorching sun while fans try to stay hydrated and race to the shady spots on the grounds.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, I went to go check out free kayaking on the Hudson River. The event, which occurs everyday in August as well as every weekend in September, is hosted by the Downtown Boathouse: a volunteer nonprofit committed to providing public awareness and access to New York City's harbor.
PHOTOBLOG: Battery Dance Company performed in Robert Wagner Park in front of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The public performance welcomed a crowd to witness the dancers as well as a beautiful summer sunset.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checked out Stargazing on New York City's High Line. The Amateur Astronomers Association provided telescopes for visitors, as they do weekly. This free event runs until the end of October.
This Thursday BTR went over to East River Park in NYC for a free Summer Stage concert. The patches of grass surrounding the stage were quickly filled by kids and adults eager to relax, unwind and hear some live music.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out JazzReach's Yes Indeed! in Madison Square Park. The event is meant for children to learn more about blues roots as well as "blues in the jazz context."
BTR checks out a weeknight evening session of Bryant Park Yoga. Hundreds of participants showed up for this healthy summer tradition. Going strong for over a decade, hundreds of yoga fans head to the Midtown park for these free, outdoor exercise sessions.
Highbridge Park recently reopened to the public, allowing pedestrians to stroll from northern Manhattan into the South Bronx. BTR stopped by this spot on a sultry summer day to walk across the High Bridge (of the greater park’s namesake). The height of the structure offered a fine vantage point to observe the Hudson River and various highway ramps underneath. Inland, there was also some public art installed along the Manhattan esplanade, a series of sculptures titled 'Oh Sit! 14 Sculptors Consider the Chair.'
PHOTOBLOG: This summer, BTR staffers traveled all around the tri-state area as well as to other parts of the USA and the world. Tanya Silverman traveled to Detroit where she visited the Henry Ford Museum and the Belle Isle Conservancy. Ashley Rodriguez journeyed out West to see Mt Hood in Oregon and outdoor chess in Seattle, while Kenneth Miller cruised to Bermuda.
PHOTOBLOG: Smorgasburg is open on weekends from April to November in NYC. On Saturdays, the flea market is hosted in East River State Park while on Sundays it takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Patrons can find all sorts of food, drink, and people watching.
PHOTOBLOG: If you're in Manhattan and looking for something close by to keep you occupied or take a break from work, Bryant Park is the perfect place to go. Settled right next to the New York Public Library's main location, the park is conveniently located. Beautiful gardens border opposite ends of the park's lush lawn. While many parks have lush landscapes and beautiful flowers, Bryant Park stands out among the rest.
PHOTOBLOG: The 33rd annual Mermaid Parade took place on Saturday in Coney Island, New York. The country's biggest art parade brought in an enormous crowd of wildly costumed participants.
PHOTOBLOG: The fourth annual Seed Experience vegan festival, expo, and conference took place on June 20th and 21st at Brooklyn's Expo Center in Greenpoint. The center was lined with vendors performing food demonstrations, offering tasty samples, and selling some of their treats.
PHOTOBLOG: The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art displaying medieval art and architecture. It has been open to the public since 1938. Pieces of five separate European monasteries or convents were shipped to the United States and reassembled to create what is currently The Cloisters.
Brooklyn's annual Go Green! Festival is designed to show an appreciation for our environment through information and demonstrations. A variety of vendors with environmentally friendly merchandise were present like Holly's HeART by Hand, Taproot Organics, and AE Wooden Toys. Charlie & Sarah provided a clothing swap to exchange clothing without all the packaging of newly bought garb. Food vendors included Sugar Couture and Two Books Pizza among many others.
PHOTOBLOG: 'Touch the Art' stands apart from most conventional art exhibits that discourage the public from touching. Danish contemporary artist Jeppe Hein is known for creating works that encourage the public to actively participate in his art. In Brooklyn Bridge Park, people are encouraged to touch, splash, sit on, and walk through art depending on what you're in the mood for.
PHOTOBLOG: At Internet Week New York, famous furry friends of social media made an appearance with their owners. The panel included MenswearDog, ToastMeetsWorld, and the creator of famed TheDogist.
PHOTOBLOG: The Spanish Around the World Carnaval took place Saturday on 91st street between West End Avenue and Riverside Avenue in Manhattan. Plenty of festive children and adults strolled through the area to learn about Spanish culture, which they did so through craft making and cupcake decorating.
PHOTOBLOG: The semi-annual pop-up food market, Mad. Sq. Eats, is currently underway in the Flatiron District. BTR checks out the spring installment of the event in its own backyard.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR explores NYC's Meatpacking District, which has evolved over the years into one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods. Though many of the meat distribution companies that once occupied the area no longer exist, this area of Manhattan retains it's name.
PHOTOBLOG: Cherry blossom season has finally arrived in New York. From the Bronx to Brooklyn, the blooming trees can be seen almost anywhere. BTR visited Central Park to get a good look at the trees, some of which were just beginning to bloom, while others were well on their way.
PHOTOBLOG: An Earth Day kick-off took place on Sunday, April 19 at the Audubon Center Boathouse in Prospect Park from 1-4 pm. Activities included fishing lessons, a mulching and garbage clean up class, button making, and a performance by Bash the Trash.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out US landmarks from the Washington Monument to Central Park, as well as the Vietnam War Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even the view from the top of the Empire State Building.
Graffiti can be seen almost everywhere in New York City, and can either intrigue or deter onlookers. It takes someone with a certain talent to create the beautiful wall pieces seen in some areas. Detailed murals, portraits, and colorful words pop up on almost every couple street corners.
PHOTOBLOG: Macy's Annual Flower Show beautifies Herald Square store.
PHOTOBLOG: The Coffee & Tea Festival NYC brought tea, coffee, and treats from all over to the Big Apple.
PHOTOBLOG: NYC held its fourth annual Vegetarian Food Festival this past weekend at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
PHOTOBLOG: 'Gazing Globes' sculpture exhibition adds to wintery scene in Madison Square Park.
PHOTOBLOG: New York's puppy population is rockin' outerwear this winter.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR takes a look at 'Snow Monsters' in Flatiron Plaza.
PHOTOBLOG: New York's Javits Center hosted the 'New York Times' Travel Show this weekend.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR explores one of Manhattan's hippest indoor marketplaces.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR gets a dose of winter from snoozy cats to snowy mountain tops.

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