I must say that 2013 was a fantastic year. But from the looks of it, it seems 2014 definitely won’t disappoint. Here’s my list of top 10 ten things in NYC/Parsons to look forward to this year.
We’re all pretty hyped about the brand spankin’ new University Center that’s finally opening up it’s doors in a few weeks for the spring semester. Last year, I got to take a hardhat tour of the construction site. Now a year later, I’m definitely stoked to see all that dust and scaffolding cleared! Check out Morgan’s latest post about the University Center for some more info.
For the first time, New York will be hosting the Super Bowl! Well…the MetLife Stadium is technically in New Jersey, but who’s keeping track? I can only imagine the craziness that will ensue when we bring one of America’s greatest sports games to the Big Apple. Ten blocks between 34th and 44th St in Manhattan will be converted into Super Bowl Boulevard with a bunch of free events for football fans. With all the spirit in the city, maybe this year I’ll try to pay attention to the actual game rather than the commercials. And more importantly, let’s see if Bruno Mars can top that epic Destiny’s Child reunion from last year.
In February, The Museum of The City of New York will debut City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection. The exhibit will feature street art and graffiti pieces collected by the late Martin Wong, as well as photographs by renowned street art photographers. Running from February 4th to August 24th, City as Canvas will include works by legendary artists such as Keith Haring, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000.
The University Center isn’t the only new building to open it’s doors this year. Down in the Financial District, the tallest building in the western hemisphere has slowly been taking shape for the past 12 years. Though an official opening date has yet to be set, developers say One World Trade Center aka the Freedom Tower is slated to open sometime this year.
The Broadway musical sensation is being revived for an all-new production this March. I’ve been a huge fan of Les Miserables since childhood—I’ve seen a number of performances and I even played my first lead role in Les Miz during my high school theatre days! You’re probably familiar with the Oscar-award winning film version that premiered in 2012, but seeing the show live is an experience that is sure to be worthwhile. Catch it at the Imperial Theatre!!
Two huge MTA construction projects will finally be completed this year. The new Fulton Center will open this July, making the hectic commute to the Financial District easier by connecting eleven different subway lines. The glass-domed Fulton Building as part of the station complex will also include 70,000 square feet of new retail space on three floors. In Hell’s Kitchen, the 7 line extension will open for service in June. Currently the 7 line only runs as far west as 42nd St and 7th Ave, but the new project will extend the line to 34th St and 11th Ave to the Hudson Yards construction site.
The 7 Line project isn’t the only thing opening in Hell’s Kitchen. The third and final section of The High Line will finally be completed in 2014. Extending from 30th St and looping around Hudson Yards to 34th St, the newest portion of The High Line will maintain the park’s modern, urban-nature design and will give the park a total length of 1.5 miles.
2014 is already looking like a promising year for live music. The legendary Roseland Ballroom in Midtown will shut its doors for good this spring, but not without one last hoorah. Lady Gaga will be closing out the legendary venue with a seven sold-out performances between March 28th and April 7th. If ArtPop isn’t your thing, maybe Billy Joel’s open-ended monthly Madison Square Garden residency will tickle your fancy. The first seven shows are sold out, but there’s still time to grab tickets for August! From March 19th through 29th, The xx’s will also have an 11-day sold out residency at the Park Avenue Amory, where they will be performing 2-3 shows a day for an incredibly intimate crowd of 40 audience members. Last but not least, Skrillex will be invading Brooklyn with his Takeover Tour, playing between February 10th and 14th at various venues around the borough. Though all of his five shows are sold out, I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to his Valentine’s Day performance at a secret warehouse location, which is sure to be pretty sick!!
I’m especially stoked for this year’s annual Parsons Festival because I’ll get to support my friends and see their final work during the Senior Thesis Exhibits! In addition to the shows, Parsons also hosts a bunch of other awesome events and guest speakers. More details to come!
WOOOOOO! This year’s University Commencement will take place at a new location this year—The Theatre at Madison Square Garden! The University-wide ceremony will be held Friday, May 23rd at 11am, while divisional ceremonies will be held throughout the day on Thursday, May 23rd at various times and locations.
From all of us at Parsons Admissions, we wish you the very best in 2014!! Cheers!