Here’s a roundup of a few fun things going on in New York City this weekend.
History in Grand Central Terminal
To celebrate the launch of its new series, America: The Story of Us, the History Channel is sponsoring a public art display in New York’s Grand Central Terminal (as well as Union Station in Washington, D.C. and the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles). From today until Sunday 4/25, see iconic historic images of America (from the voyage of the Mayflower to the Wild West) projected onto the walls of the Main Concourse using state-of-the-art lighting technology.
New Lower East Side shopping destination
On April 24, the Hester Street Fair is opening on the corner of Hester and Essex Streets in the historic Lower East Side neighborhood. The fair has already earned comparisons to the beloved Brooklyn Flea for its selection of unique vendors, and the Budget Travel blog ranked it one of their top April bargains for New York. Stop by and shop for one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, clothing, housewares or gifts, snack on yummy food at the array of vendors available, or just spend a free afternoon of browsing in the city’s newest market. Open weekends through December, rain or shine, from 10 am to 6 pm.
This weekend marks the last for the wacky and wonderful Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (it closes on April 26) and the museum will be packed. Those who missed out on seeing the exhibition can get an inside look at how it was installed on the MoMA blog or enjoy other current MoMA exhibitions including “The Artist is Present,” a retrospective of the work of performance artist Marina Abramovic and “The Modern Century,” a collection of photographs by Henri-Cartier Bresson.
Over at the Brooklyn Museum, more crowds are expected for a conversation and book signing with the graphic designer and artist Shepard Fairey, most famous for that ubiquitous Barack Obama HOPE poster he created during the 2008 presidential election. Fairey will be signing his books Obey: Supply and Demand and E Pluribus Venom.