Yesterday we bundled up in our heavy winter coats and did a little family exploring in the Flatiron area of NYC. We started at the kaleidoscope-like free public art installation, Nova, by SOFTlab. It’s located across the street from the famous flatiron building, on the corner of 23rd Street and 5th avenue.
It’s a gorgeous sculpture representing the north star. Each point of the star is directed to a neighborhood landmark which you can see while looking through it. The sculpture is made of aluminum on the outside, but when you step under it’s hundreds of colored panels, lending to beautiful prisms.This human scale kaleidoscope is surprisingly fun. Although it takes only a few minutes to experience our four year old, Brooklyn, truly enjoyed it.
From there we walked into Madison Square Park. This is such a gorgeous park I wish I visited this area more often. We walked over to Gingerbread Boulevard sponsored by Taste of Home. This playful display is located at the north end of the park. It’s an adorable mini boulevard lined with life-sized plastic gingerbread houses.
This was a fun holiday experience. We downloaded a free app, Shazam, and scanned a code on signs by each house. Once scanned it revealed the inside of the house – we moved our phone up and down and had a complete virtual tour of the inside. It was a very creative and fun way for Brooklyn to experience the houses. I was a little surprised at how much complaining I heard from the kid crowd, upset about not being able to physically enter. On our trip home Brooklyn was looking though photos on my phone and again said she wished she could have gone inside…maybe they will adapt it next year.
Madison Square Park also has a giant Mehorah and Christmas tree right next to this charming village as well as a large playground.
It was finally a cold winter day yesterday and we were pretty chilled at this point so we crossed back over Fifth avenue and went inside the LEGO store. Of course there were awesome displays made of LEGOS but our favorite part was the small playroom at the end of the store. So we headed there and stayed for about 30 minutes, tinkering and designing.
After Brooklyn got her fill of hands-on fun, we walked next door to one of my favorite places in NYC, Eataly. Eataly is an Italian marketplace with an arcade of food stalls and restaurant. We strolled around a bit enjoying the visual feast of Italian goods and grabbed some prepared foods while there and enjoyed a quick lunch.
On our way back to our car we walked by the Flatiron Building and were mesmerized by the elaborate paper art installation in the lobby ‘Constructing Manhattan from the Razor’s Edge’. This was truly a remarkable display of hand cut paper shapes, recreating NYC. It was the perfect way to wrap up our adventure in the Flatiron.
- Nova Flatiron will be up through January 4th.
- Gingerbread Blvd will be up only though Dec 22nd.
- LEGO is permanent.
- Eataly is permanent and crowded but wonderful.
- Shake shack is located in Madison Sq Park and is awesome too.