Photoville Presented by United Photo Industries

Now in its 7th year, Photoville is the largest annual photographic event in New York City. Free and open to the public (all ages and pet-friendly), this immersive photography festival presented by United Photo Industries showcases the work of over 600 visual artists, in conjunction with over 100 curatorial partners, and offers photographers of all stripes the opportunity to come together and interact with a large, diverse audience.

Some of the Photoville’s highlights include nighttime projection programs, hands-on workshops, an eduction day for New York City middle and high school students, panel discussions and talks, tents with vendors, family-friendly photo activities, publishers and gear demonstrations, a community photo book store, tintype portraits, and a beer garden with a range of food vendors supported by Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery.

As in previous years, Photoville will be located in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, transforming Brooklyn Bridge Plaza into an incredible modular galleries consisting of a network of more than 65 re-purposed shipping containers.

If you’re looking for the inside scoop, check out our post on last year’s Photoville here.

You can find general information about Photoville here, including directions, FAQ, and hours of operation.

 

Through the Lens: Inside Brooklyn’s Photoville (Or How to Win at Date Night)

Lynn and I have been married for a number of years. When we started this blog, we really had no idea what kind of journey we were embarking on. The path has been one with many surprises, but one of the unexpected happy side effects is that we get to go on a lot of dates. Coffee dates, museum dates, let’s-try-something-new dates. Dates where we jump in a car or hop on a plane. Some dates still end up being duds, but when an event is going to check off a lot of boxes, we know the odds we’ll have a good time improve significantly. And Photoville checks off a lot of boxes.

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Summer Streets NYC 2018

Modeled on events such as Ciclovía in Columbia and Paris Plage in France, Summer Streets 2018 is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—its streets. The event, which includes performances, outdoor activities, and educational opportunities, provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2017, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, closing Park Avenue and connecting streets to traffic but opening it to pedestrians. With easy access from all points in New York City, participants can plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Read about our experience at the 2017 Summer Streets here.

For more information, including routes, maps, and more, click here.

Summer Streets NYC 2018

Modeled on events such as Ciclovía in Columbia and Paris Plage in France, Summer Streets 2018 is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—its streets. The event, which includes performances, outdoor activities, and educational opportunities, provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2017, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, closing Park Avenue and connecting streets to traffic but opening it to pedestrians. With easy access from all points in New York City, participants can plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Read about our experience at the 2017 Summer Streets here.

For more information, including routes, maps, and more, click here.

Summer Streets NYC 2018

Modeled on events such as Ciclovía in Columbia and Paris Plage in France, Summer Streets 2018 is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—its streets. The event, which includes performances, outdoor activities, and educational opportunities, provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2017, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, closing Park Avenue and connecting streets to traffic but opening it to pedestrians. With easy access from all points in New York City, participants can plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Read about our experience at the 2017 Summer Streets here.

For more information, including routes, maps, and more, click here.

A Tip Of The Hat: The New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Have you ever wondered how we came up with the name of our blog, Mad Hatters NYC? We actually drew inspiration from a number of sources, the most obvious one being Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We’re not the only ones to draw a parallel between New York City and Carroll’s land of magic and make-believe. But one day a year, the comparison takes on a life on its own. During the New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, a large group of Mad Hatters descends on Fifth Avenue and the world of fantasy and reality collide.

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Bowery Wall Mural: Why You Should Visit this NYC Icon

Updated March 9 2019

If you’re a street art lover, New York City is the gift that keeps on giving. You could turn the corner and find a giant mural of Mickey Mouse, or you could look down and find sidewalk art that’s perfect for your Instagram shoe-fie. Come back the next day, and you might find something completely different. Street art is fleeting in nature, and that’s part of its charm. But can you have something temporary, yet permanent? Something so iconic that it transcends street art’s evanescent nature? Yes, you can. In New York City, that phenomenon exists with the Bowery Wall Mural.

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Chasing The Dragon: How To Watch The Lunar New Year Parade in New York City

Tradition is one of those things I found stifling when I was younger, something I desperately needed to break free of. Being of mixed race meant having two sets of rules to adhere to. It meant being saddled by two laborious sets of obligations. I couldn’t wait until I didn’t have to be somewhere I didn’t want to be–I was young and had way cooler things to do, after all. (Cue the eye roll here.) But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a renewed understanding and appreciation for it. Community becomes less about conforming and more about belonging.

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Finding Love in New York City on Valentine’s Day with the Army of Lovers



Those who know me know that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, I kind of despise it. And it’s not just because I don’t buy in to the carefully orchestrated marketing frenzy of overpriced gifts and experiences leading up to the holiday. It’s because something about glorifying coupledom has always rubbed me the wrong way. Sure, I can acknowledge the value of taking the time to appreciate your significant other, but that should really happen more than once a year, don’t you think? Justin and I have never been one of those couples who only hangs out with other couples. In fact, we have many friendships with individuals who happen to be unattached. And, surprise, they are no less spectacular because they haven’t “found the one”, “met their soulmate”, or “made the perfect match”.

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The Art Gallery Crawl: A Secret Alternative To Art Museums In New York City


We’ve made no bones about the fact that this blog keeps us pretty busy. But every once in a while someone cancels or plans fall through and we find ourselves with an opening in our otherwise overpacked schedule. So, what do we do when we have some time to kill? Well, we turn to a tried-and-true solution, one that requires no tricky reservations or extensive planning. And one that happens to be the best kept pseudo-secret in town: an art gallery crawl. Oh, and the cherry on top? It won’t cost you a dime.
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