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September 21, 2016

This city always aims to impress. 

"Once you're on the bridge and moving towards Manhattan the skyline dominates, and it's almost as if the buildings are people, jammed shoulder to shoulder, rushing toward midtown, thinning out, and then congregating again downtown around Wall Street and Battery Park. They're all lit up, like they've got someplace special to be and they've put on their finest clothes. They know that everyone is looking at them,but they've grown accustomed to that kind of attention, and besides, those little people can look, but they can't really touch."
-Andrea Giovino

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August 31, 2016

1. If all of the tracks that make up the NYC subway were laid end to end, they would stretch from New York to Chicago.


2. The green or red globes at many subway entrances actually mean something. As a general rule, entrances with red globes are closed at night, while those with green globes are open 24-7.


3. Only 60% of the subway system is underground.


4. All of the top 10 busiest subway stations are in Manhattan. Times Square takes the No. 1 spot with more than 63 million riders per year.

Check It Out: 33 Facts About the New York City Subway That Your Probably Didn't Know

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August 5, 2016

“All over the city lights were coming on in the purple-blue dusk. The street lights looked delicate and frail, as though they might suddenly float away from their lampposts like balloons. Long twirling ribbons of light, red, green, violet, were festooned about the doorways of drugstores and restaurants--and the famous electric signs of Broadway had come to life with glittering fish, dancing figures, and leaping fountains, all flashing like fire. Everything was beautiful. Up in the deepening sky above the city the first stars appeared white and rare as diamonds.”
― Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays

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July 28, 2016

Going to the beach doesn't only have to be about catching some rays and sipping on rosé from a thermos. Get your art and culture fix with this beachside art installation brought to us from Moma PS1. Rockaway! is a temporary public art installation with a special outdoor exhibit by artist Katharina Grosse. Grosse turns Fort Tilden's decaying aquatics building into a sublimely exhilarating exterior painting with her unique spray painting technique.

More info: MoMA PS1

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July 18, 2016

Mark your calendars for next year, folks! There is a dedicated day to just about every food item these days, but ice cream will always hold a special place in our hearts. Take a break from the summer heat at some of our favorite ice cream shops.

The Chinatown Newbie: Eggloo (pictured)

The Upper East Side Old-School: Serendipity 3

Lower East Side/Guaranteed to be a line: 10 Below Rolled Thai-Ice Cream

Brooklyn's Favorite Custard (but available all over Manhattan) - Ample Hills Creamery

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July 7, 2016

We're very excited as we start some renovations here at Distrikt! Over the coming months, our restaurant, Collage Bistro and Bar, is getting a face lift with a new bar (with draught lines!) new furniture for putting your feet up and relaxing, and new hours so we'll be serving coffee, snacks, and cocktails ALL DAY LONG. Stay tuned as changes take shape, http://www.distrikthotel.com/dining-drink/eat-and-drink.htm.

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June 1, 2016

June has finally arrived and what's better than celebrating with tacos and margaritas all day? How about tacos and margaritas all day on a NYC rooftop?

Salvation Taco located in Midtown East seems to have this all figured out. From the same creators who brought us the Spotted Pig and the Breslin comes this perfect combination of unorthodox Mexican entrees and unique cocktails. 

As if that wasn't enough, now you can enjoy all this while perched atop the landmarked Pod 39 Hotel (where the restaurant has expanded to include the rooftop bar area). What could be more appealing on a sunny afternoon than a pitcher of Chilean sangria and a spicy pork loin torta with a view of the Empire State Building? Rooftop season is upon us, so get up there and enjoy it!

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May 24, 2016

Every summer in Central Park, the Public Theater company presents outdoor performances in the open-air Delacorte Theater. Today marks the 54th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park and what better way to celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy than with free outdoor theatrical entertainment?

This year, from May 24-June 26, an all female cast will be starring in The Taming of the Shrew. Then from July 19-August 14, Troilus and Cressida will take its place. Make sure you line up early as these free tickets go fast!

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May 16, 2016

This year, Sunday marked the 31st Annual AIDS Walk in NYC. With over 30,000 walkers (and somewhere near 890,000 walkers in its 30-year stint) the funds raised have equaled more than $144 million.

The struggle to combat HIV and AIDS is one that touches every country everywhere. But nowhere compares to NYC when it comes to awareness and community outreach. AIDS Walk New York is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. The money raised will go toward continuing the advocacy programs of GMHC and 40 other organizations who work to prevent, care for and sustain thousands of men and women throughout the city. Society is in the midst of truly getting a grip on the infection. The event coordinators have even proclaimed the end of the AIDS epidemic in sight.

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May 12, 2016

In the mood for a movie night but don't want to waste the warm weather evenings indoors? Movies Under the Stars series presents free summer movies at outdoor NYC venues everywhere from May until August. 

Be it on a rooftop, in a park, or even on a ship deck, free screenings of your all-time favorite films are happening city-wide nearly every day of the week. Pack your picnic dinner, blanket and popcorn and pick your next screening from the full calendar of movie lineups here: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/film/movies-in-the-park-outdoor-screenings-in-new-york-city

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April 27, 2016

Last week Coumbus Circle opened its 

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May 1, 2016

Cherry blossom season has finally reached its peak and there's no better place to catch these pink buds in all their glory than the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. 

The giant field bordered by two allies of Prunus Kanzan better known as the "Cherry Esplanade" is a major attraction throughout the month of April and into May. April 30th marks the annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) where visitors can expect to embrace Japanese culture by means of food, music, dance, art, and above all blossoms. 


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April 27, 2016

Last week Columbus Circle opened its turnstiles to the new underground retail complex wittily named TurnStyle. This 325-foot-long subway passage between 57th and 59th Streets was transformed over the course of four years into a space where 39 different vendors come to share their crafts, food, clothes and more. 

The new hallway-style mall serves daily commuters, long-time residents, and curious passer-bys. The space was designed with the intent of getting New Yorkers to slow down, open their eyes, and, of course, shop.


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April 22, 2016

Battery Park in Lower Manhattan might be the most perfect location for Cool Globes, Inc. to have installed their revolutionary art exhibit that's literally sweeping the globe. This public exhibition consists of 12 individually crafted eco-spheres designed to help create awareness and solutions to climate change.

Premiering in 2007 in Chicago with more than three-million viewers, the Cool Globes exhibit has now traveled the world and continues to expand its list of cities to call home. From San Francisco to Boston to Copenhagen to Jerusalem, the sites continue to grow...but we'll always be partial to this one. Catch them before they spin out of existence November 20th! 

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April 12, 2016

The Roosevelt Island Tramway connects this East River island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan and, ergo, the rest of the world. Somewhere over 26 million passengers have used the tram since it first began operating in 1976. Up until 2006 it was the only commuter aerial tramway in North America.

Providing some of the best views of the Queensboro Bridge and Manhattan's East Side, the Tramway has become an amusing ride for locals and tourists alike. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to get a unique perspective of the city, don't hesitate to hop on over to Roosevelt Island for a brew at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill via this floating streetcar.

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April 6, 2016

The designers and architects at Otte Assemblage chose New York City itself to create décor that includes a twelve foot "Central Park" living wall in the lobby, an artist's rendering of Manhattan's grid and unique collages of some of the most famed neighborhoods like its own location, Midtown West.

The famed Distrikt living wall has been a focal point for our guests since the day we opened. Welcoming all who enter, our green wall changes with the season. Right now it's abloom in pink blossoms for spring.


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March 30, 2016

Distrikt is always proud to host new sculptures and art displays next to our front entrance as a way to greet our guests. Our very first installation was this majestic   lady in red made of resin. "Reach" (now called "Breath") lived at our front door from late 2014 to mid 2015 as a welcoming beacon.

Artist Joan Benefiel with the help of Jeremy Leichman of Figuration Studio pride themselves on the crafting of this 11-foot beauty and others just like her. While we happily welcome our new public art yearly installments, there will always be a place in our heart for our first lady. 

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March 23, 2016

The Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum and public park located in Astoria, Queens. Once an abandoned landfill area, converted in 1986 by contemporary artists and local youths, this four acre site is the largest outdoor space in New York City dedicated to exhibiting sculpture. 

These under-the-radar grounds are now a place where artists can design, construct and exhibit sculptures and multimedia installations as well as host arts education programs. If you ask us, it's definitely worth the trip over to Queens on a nice spring day.


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March 16, 2016

Saint Patrick's Cathedral is easily New York City's most historic and iconic church. Located on 5th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Street in Midtown, the cathedral's construction began in 1858 and was not complete until 1878. In 1976 it was declared a National Historic Landmark and is now visited by five and a half million visitors every year. 

It wasn't until 2012 that the city decided it was time for the cathedral to be restored. After being covered in scaffolding for three-years, and at the cost of $177 million, Saint Patrick's is finally unveiled- a freshly rejuvenated, shining spectacle of hope again. 


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March 9, 2016

The Brooklyn Bridge connects two great New York City boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can drive it, bike it, walk it, or just admire it. One way or the other, the Brooklyn Bridge soaring over the East River is one of New York City’s most famous routes, both for tourists and local New Yorkers alike.

Delightfully, there's a dedicated pedestrian walkway on the bridge, above the roaring car traffic, so it's a wonderful stroll. First, decide which side you will start from: Brooklyn or Manhattan? The rest is up to your feet. 


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March 2, 2016

Rooftops bars are a dime a dozen in a city like New York. One of our favorite pastimes at Distrikt is trying to get up there and try them all. However, one we certainly have no problem returning to is the Boom Boom Room. This beauty, pictured left, is located at the top of the Standard and at the edge of the High Line in the Meatpacking District.

This classy establishment is perfect for winter drinks with a view while simultaneously offering a small outdoor area as well for once the weather gets nice. Their signature cocktails are worth the pretty penny, not to mention their delicious small bites and appetizers. You can always stop here for happy hour while watching the sun set over the city skyline, but be sure to stick around for the live jazz band once evening sets in too!


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February 22, 2016

Tough to capture the beauty just yet of the vision that is to be the Lowline NYC-the effort to reclaim unused city space for public good through the creation of an underground park and greenspace. Pictured here is just a sneak peak of the project currently called "The Lowline Lab". This space offers a free gathering area to show off the development of the cutting-edge solar technology for lighting and horticulture. Cultural and community events can be held here in anticipation of the grand opening of the underworld park's estimated 2020 opening date. 

Stay tuned, we'll be here to capture the progress as it unfolds along the way.


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February 19, 2016

When it comes to beautiful parks, New York City has no shortage. Though Central Park might be the closest large park in proximity to us, we tend to lean toward Prospect Park in Brooklyn when picking favorites. The 585 acres of land feature attractions like the 90 acre Long Meadow, the Litchfield Villa, the Picnic House, the Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn's only lake, the Prospect Park Bandshell, the Tennis Center, the Society of Friends Cemetery and the Boathouse.

The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same creators of Central Park, as a follow-up project. The architects are rumored to have called Prospect Park their most superior park. We tend to agree. 


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February 1,

Don't let a rainy day stand between you and the big city! No umbrella? No worries! Distrikt is happy to supply our colorful parasols until the sun comes back out. 

Here is one of our guests looking sharp as she traverses the city in style. Speaking of style, nothing spells class like Tiffany & Co. in NYC. With shops in SoHo and on Fifth Avenue offering the highest end jewelry, crystal, china, fragrances and other personal accessories, it's worth a browse if nothing else. Because sometimes it's nice to feel special.  

727 5th Ave   /   37 Wall St   /   97 Greene St

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January 29, 2016

New York Restaurant Week is that time of year when participating venues all across the city (including some areas of Brooklyn and Queens) offer a prix fixe lunch and dinner menu. Usually, among these are the finest in top eateries that might usually be a higher price point for an everyday option.

From now until February 5th, for a fraction of the regular price, you can get a taste of those dreamy, foodie restaurant hot-spots you've been salivating over. Here we are indulging at Fig & Olive Restaurant in the Meatpacking District. 

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January 26, 2016

What better way to spend these cold, city months than exploring the cosmos at the National History Museum? 

The Dark Universe Space Show is a current exhibit running at the Hayden Planetarium inside the AMNH every half-hour, Monday through Sunday. Take a trip through the galaxy, discover black matter, and catch a glimpse of the future of the universe.

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January 22, 2016

This winter the Garment District's latest Broadway Scultpure Show features none other than our very own Distrikt frontpiece creator, Harry Gordon. Currently, five other sister sculptures have popped up in the plazas down Broadway.

Gordon's monumental granite sculptures, like Flying Canoe pictured here, are "intended to become part of the environment, invoke curiosity among passersby and present New Yorkers and visitors with a new, unique way to experience stone in Manhattan."


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January 14, 2016

Kentile Floors, Inc was founded in 1898 in Brooklyn, New York as a lead manufacturer of tiles and flooring materials. The iconic, eight-story high Kentile Floors sign was first displayed in 1949 to reign over the Gowanus skyline as one of the most memorable advertisement of its time.

Though the company name is now met with much controversy and Kentile Floors itself folded in the 90's, the sign long outlived its creator. Just recently, in 2014, after years of debate and sentimental attachment, the sign was taken down. The Gowanus Alliance is now working to preserve it, but it is unclear if the sign will ever wind up reassembled anywhere else. 


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January 8, 2016

The Wollman Rink may be one of New York's most picturesque places to ice skate in the city. This public rink sits on a site formerly part of the pond on the southeast corner of Central Park which was drained and then filled in. Historically, the rink has been open for ice skating from October to April and in the summer seasons is transformed into a venue for other purposes.

Now, you can visit Wollman rink from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays,  10:00 AM-11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:00 AM-9:00 PM on Sundays. The rink also offers tent rentals, figure skating lessons, and photo shoots. What are you waiting for? Get out there and skate your way into 2016!

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January 1, 2016

Reflect on the year passed and focus on the present at Jeppe Hein's "Please Touch The Art" exhibit currently being featured in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Mirror Labyrinth, featured here, is just one of Hein's hands-on, playful installments arranged around the Dumbo neighborhood. 

When visiting the park, be sure to bring along this Print-at-Home Scavenger Hunt to mark off the art pieces you've seen. Hein's exhibit will be on view now until April 17, 2016. Don't miss out on the fun!



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December 29, 2015

The countdown to the countdown for New Year's Eve is on. An eager energy can be felt throughout the city, but especially in Times Square as at least one million spectators are preparing to join the festivities on the 31st. 

The world-renowned event is organized by the Times Square Alliance and is among the most notable New Year's celebrations internationally. It is televised nationally as part of the New Year's Eve specials broadcasts. Recently, the famous ball drop has been preceded by live entertainment as well, including performances by musicians.

If you dare hope to catch a glimpse of the drop or be a part of the lead up celebrations, we certainly applaud you, but there are a few things you should know. Be prepared to go to the square incredibly early in the afternoon, be packed in like sardines, and be ready to wait. A long time. No alcohol is allowed in Times Square, and there is no holding spots. You move it you lose it! Above all else, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Your feet will definitely thank you at midnight!

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December 20, 2015

Holiday markets are common to New York City and attract many a tourist and a native throughout this season of giving. The most common can be found in Bryant Park, Union Square, and Columbus Circle. 

This year the lovely people at Urbanspace decided that our immediate area was lacking the joy of hosting its very own Garment District Holiday Market. Located along one of the most bustling avenues in New York City (Broadway between 39th Street and 41st Street) the new market features both local and international vendors in a central and easily accessible location. We're thrilled to now have access to the season's jolliest artisans and designers so close to "home"!

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December 14, 2015

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away on the A train from Distrikt lies a beachy oasis in the Rockaways. Okay, in reality, it's more like an hour and 20 minutes by train and the beaches are on the urban chic end of the watering hole. However, this peninsula hosts the largest public beach in the United States and serves as an outlet for millions of city dwellers (as well as 13,000 local community members) to dig their toes in to some relatively soft sand with mostly clear waters.

The Queens borough beach is run and operated by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and is technically a part of the South Shore of Long Island. This time of year the beach community doesn't usually see much traffic. However, with current temperatures still hitting in the 60's and beach bum crowds larger than usual, it's not uncommon to spot many surfers and even a few yellow polkadot bikinis out there! 

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December 9, 2015

The holiday window displays of Fifth Avenue are truly a wintertime vision to behold. Tourists and locals alike will gather around to catch a glimpse of their glory as, every year, the luxurious storefronts along fifth avenue try to outdo each other. Oftentimes, displays are elaborately thematic and can even include animatronics. It's certainly a battle of wits and wonder out there.

If you're in town this holiday season, make sure you add a stroll down Fifth to your to-do list!


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December 1, 2015

Every year, Bryant Park plays host to the Bank of America holiday wonderland "Winter Village".  In place of the parks giant lawn, an ice skating rink is set up as the centerpiece of the village and along with it nearly 125 mini outdoor holiday shops around its perimeter. From unique apparel and jewelry to decorative goods, local foods, and much more, these Holiday Shops are the spot to find that perfect present. Another food option in the village is the seasonal rink-front restaurant Celsius, offering lunch, dinner, and drinks daily.

What better way to ring in the holiday season than with the annual Tree Lighting Skate-tacular...happening right now - December 1 -from 1 until 7 pm tonight! After the show, get ready to hit the ice with live music by Jazz at Lincoln Center. 


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November 19, 2015

Pictured: One of our Grand View King rooms featuring luxurious Frette robe and bed linen, Simmons Pillow-top mattress with down pillows and comforter.

What other amenities will you come across while relaxing in one of our guestrooms? How does complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet access, LG 37” Flat Screen Televisions, docking stations with alarm clock and radio, Keurig coffee machine stations, daily evening turndown service, fully stocked mini-bars, in-room safes, irons with ironing boards, and LATHER bath products sound?

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October 13, 2015

Walking down 7th avenue in Manhattan's Garment District, you might be surprised to see a massive button and needle leaning against the Garment District Information Kiosk. Many will see the Button threading a needle as a whimsical addition to the neighborhood, however the statue represents a long and storied history of garment and textile manufacturing in the center of New York City.

Although a majority of the manufacturing companies have left the neighborhood, the buildings within The Garment District are home to a number of well-known designers, their production facilities, warehouses, showrooms, and suppliers of fabric and materials; including major fashion labels such as Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, Nicole Miller, and Andrew Marc.

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November 15, 2015

A gift from the people of France in 1886, the Statue of Liberty or La Liberté éclairant le monde- "Liberty Enlightening the World"- was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi as a memorial for American independence. The icon sits on Liberty Island in the New York harbor just south of Ellis Island in order to originally welcome immigrants coming in to the United States.

Today, she can be enjoyed by locals and tourists every day. Ferries leaving from Liberty State Park and Battery Park in lower Manhattan both offer tours to the statue and to Ellis Island. No charge is required for entrance to the national monument itself, however, the cost lies in the ferry service to get to the island.

If your main objective is just to get an up close glimpse of our lady, you can get a pretty spectacular view from Liberty State Park (pictured here). Another option is to take the free Staten Island ferry from Battery Park and get your cameras ready as it floats closely past Liberty Island. 

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November 6, 2015

The neighborhood of SoHo in lower Manhattan stands for the area South of Houston street. The cast iron district was landmarked back in 1973 and consists of 26 blocks and around 500 buildings. 

This part of town is famous for its artist lofts, upscale boutiques, and chain store outlets. But in history, it was served as an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration. 

Soho is just a quick shot down the A/C/E subway line from Distrikt's corner. Hop down for breakfast in a little cafe or a shopping spree on West Broadway! 


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November 1, 2015

The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world's biggest and most popular marathon, with 50,235 registered in 2015. This race is the largest in the world and the course passes through all five boroughs during its 26.2 mile coverage. 

The weather was warmer than usual on Sunday with highs in the upper 60's. However, here was still a 98.8 percent completion rate. This photo captures the mile one marker atop the Verrazano Bridge connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn. The course finished in Central Park.


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October 22, 2015

From the town of Lambertville, New Jersey, Distrikt’s new art installation is a page right out of history. From wood to stone, artist Harry Gordon has been scultping the Earth's elements for years now. With a bachelor of fine art in sculpture from Syracuse University in 1983, he has since continued to study and perfect his talent. The “Firebird” piece is just one of a series of sculptures crafted from New York City's own ancient bedrock foundation - granite. 

Gordon's sculptures have been shown in exhibitions internationally and are a part of collections across the United States, with "Firebird" appropriately landing here with us in NYC. The 2015, black granite wonder is 9'x3'x3' and weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Distrikt is happy to play host to this primal giant well into 2016. 


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October 19, 2015

A giant rubber duck named “Mama Duck” visits Long Island’s Oyster Bay oyster festival. The brainchild of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, Mama has plenty of stamps in her passport. Since her creation in 2007, she’s appeared in Amsterdam, Osaka, Sydney, São Paulo, Pittsburgh and beyond.

“Mama Duck” reportedly stands at 62 feet tall and weighs in at 22,000 pounds(!)

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