Browsing the archives for the Columbus Circle tag.

Visiting MADMuseum:The Museum of Arts and Design


The newly re-opened, MADMuseum, The Museum of Arts and Design is a lovely exhibit space and the current exhibit called Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary is the inaugural exhibition. It features works by artists who have created objects and installations comprised of ordinary items, our society’s throw-aways for the most part.

These are those items that we are frequently mostly blind to seeing, simple combs, buttons, plastic spoon empty bottles, etc, and they are transformed by the creativity and imagination of the artists in to their second life as something meaningful and wonderful. This show is exiting, fun, creative and a pleasure. Good for children as well as adults.

The permanent collection of the museum includes a terrific jewelry section and lovely works in glass and pottery, not to be missed.

The building is the former Hartford Museum which NYers called  ”the Lollipop building” . Generally speaking, this was not any sort of compliment.  

The renovation is excellent and has unique views of Columbus Circle looking up up Broadway, and Central Park and down the street, across the Hudson River to New Jersey. Here are “before” and “after” photos of the building. If you look carefully on the first floor, you can see that the lollipops have been kept, perhaps they are structural, but they are embedded in the new design.

The shop is if fun for adults and children. There are no lines to enter the museum. Pay admission ($15, $12, kids free)  or pay what you wish on Thursday evenings after 6pm.

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Rabbis for Human Right at Columbus Circle


On May 8, many Rabbis, perhaps 75 in all, gathered at  the Merchants Gate of Central Park, at Columbus Circle, to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary with Rabbis For Human Rights.   This is a busy spot in New York, it is an entrance to Cental Park, with people going to and from work, pedi-cabs waiting for fares, tourists reading maps and sitting on the steps of the monument to the Maine, teens leaving school, lots of foot and vehicle traffic etc.

It was very moving to be there with singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman and Rabbi Simkha Weintraub of the National Center for Jewish Healing  as they lead a traditional Mincha (Afternoon) Service, right there in street with the blessed chaos of New York swirling near-by. Passers-by stopped to listen and watch. The rain came and went. Two trees for peace were symbolically planted.

Rabbi Gordon Tucker presented an excellent teaching based on a  a commentary on Israel’s Declaration of Independence developed by the RHR Human Rights Yeshiva in Jerusalem. His teaching and the RHR mission is clearly posted on their website.

It stregnthens hope to share this possitive and moving experience with friends, especially during these times which are so full of suffering and violence around the world.

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