Helen Murphy

Get horizontal in Times Square's new XXX loungers

Get XXX-cited for what’s about to arrive in Times Square.You won’t actually find anything R-rated at XXX Times Square With Love, the new public art installation by architect Juergen Mayer H. — but you can lay down in it. Inspired by the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue dubbed the...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 12:17 AM

Kadenze brings arts education to the masses

In May 2015, the first graduates of Berklee College of Music’s online bachelor degree program walked across a (real, not virtual) stage at a commencement ceremony in Boston. At the time, the program was one of the first arts education degrees that could be earned entirely online, making music...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 12:22 AM

What to watch at FringeNYC 2016: Rapping Shakespeare, biblical drama, #BlackLivesMatter

Everyone is asking, "Where's the next 'Hamilton'?" Your best chance to catch a cultural phenomenon before it takes off is coming this month, when FringeNYC returns Aug. 12-28.RELATED: What's new in the 'Cats' revival on Broadway?At the country's largest performing arts festival, you’re likely to...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 9:08 PM

NYC's Brazilian restaurants and bars offer a taste of the Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are set to kick off this month, but just because you can’t make the cross-continent journey to Brazil doesn’t mean missing out on the cuisine. Make a reservation at these Brazilian restaurants right here in your backyard, or order in for your Olympics...

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 9:03 PM

Qatari artist parallels shopping and religion at the Whitney

Black Friday doesn't mean post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzies to Sophia Al-Maria.In the Qatari-American artist's new exhibit at the Whitney,Sophia Al-Maria: Black Friday,individuals with blurred faces wander around shopping malls and collapse on the floor.It's a rumination on the effect of the new...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 12:05 PM

New Magazine Aims To Inspire Young Girls

Erin Bried, editor-in-chief of new girls’ magazine “Kazoo,” was frustrated when she went to pick out a magazine to read with her five-year old daughter. The titles geared towards young girls focused mostly on beauty tips, and featured pictures of princesses and dolls. With her nearly two decades’...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 11:07 AM

'Troilus and Cressida' mixes old and new for Shakespeare in the Park

What would happen if the Trojan War were fought today?That's the premise of Shakespeare in the Park's second production of the summer, “Troilus and Cressida,” opening July 19 through Aug. 14 at theDelacorte Theater in Central Park.Tony winner Daniel Sullivan is directing the play, one ofShakespeare...

Monday, July 18, 2016, 3:40 PM

Look inside the secret lives of Diane Arbus' photographs

A quote from photographer Diane Arbus rests above one of her featured photographs in theMet Breuer’s new retrospective of her earliest work: "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” Indeed, the more time spent in the unique design of the installation, the...

Monday, July 11, 2016, 3:18 PM

Make Governors Island your big kid playground this summer

Summer vacation doesn't have to mean actually leaving town. Hop on a ferry to Governors Island, which is transforming into a grown-up playground withnew design projects and play-focused festivals. In between relaxing in the cozy island's Hammock Grove, make time to check out all of the summer...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11:51 PM

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge aims to exercise young minds

In its tenth year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challengeis helping children avoid the “summer slide,” a common loss of essential skills due to brain inactivity over summer vacation.The free online program allows kids to access reading resources, log their reading minutes online and earn weekly...

Friday, June 24, 2016, 3:30 PM

NYC's emotional noise rendered in paint by KwangHo Shin

Fans of Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionism will find a contemporary kindred spirit in the South Korean artist KwangHo Shin at his new exhibition, now open in Chelsea.The portrait-heavy show at Unix Gallery, collectively titled "제목이 없는 존재" ("There Is No Title") is the product of the Seoul-...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 11:05 PM

Learn to use Instagram better, self-defense and more in Flatiron Plaza this summer

On summer nights, you need a different way to unwind after a day at the office. Beginning this week, the Flatiron and 23rd Street Partnership has your weekdays covered with the Flatiron Summer Series.The series, running for eight weeks from June 20 to Aug. 11, brings free events to the public...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 9:56 PM