New York

This Century-Old NYC Bank Is Transforming Into an Immersive Art Exhibition Space

Hall des Lumières will open its doors on September 14.

Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières

Starting this fall, New York City will feel a little bit more like Paris.

Culturespaces, one France’s leading private managers of museums and heritage sites, just partnered with IMG to launch the first Culturespaces property in North America, which will transform the landmarked Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank into an immersive art space.

Hall des Lumières, named after Culturespaces’ famous Atelier des Lumières in Paris, will start welcoming visitors on September 14. The former teller hall and vault level of the historic Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building will be transformed into a permanent centre for immersive digital art experiences, which will welcome new exhibits every 10–12 months. Through colourful projections and digital installations, the different exhibitions will brighten the marble walls and columns of the bank, creating beautiful light and colour effects.

Every art show will be modelled on the works of a world-renowned artist, and in September, a multi-sensory Klimt exhibit, dubbed “Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion,” will officially launch the new space. With 30-foot-high images of Klimt’s most iconic works projected on the bank’s walls and mapped to enhance both the art and the building’s features, the experience will cater also to the visitors’ ears. It’s set to feature a musical soundtrack to accompany guests during their visit.

Besides the main exhibit, visitors will also get the chance to marvel at works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist who was inspired by Klimt, among other experiences. A presentation about the history and design of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank will also be available for guests to watch.

Hall des Lumières will open on September 14 at the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, which is located at 49 Chambers Street in Manhattan. Tickets are now available for purchase, and they start at $30 for adults and $15 for ages 5–16. Special prices are available for seniors (65+) and members of the military.

For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit the Hall des Lumières website.

Take a look at some photos of both the ‘Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion” exhibit and the original space below:

Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières
Photo courtesy of Hall des Lumières

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New York

Get Free Citi Bike Passes This Weekend for the Return of NYC's Summer Streets

The annual car-free event kicks off on August 6.

Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets

New York’s favorite car-free event is back.

On August 6 and for the next two consecutive Saturdays (August 13 and August 20), Summer Streets will take over Park Avenue for a day of arts, culture, and, most importantly, no cars from 7 am–1 pm. Aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate the city’s streets in a more sustainable way, the annual car-free event will welcome participants to run, walk, play, and even bike along the route.

For the occasion, Citi Bike will be giving away free day passes on the first day of the event, on August 6. By using the code SUMMER22 in the Citi Bike app, New Yorkers will receive unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours, and will be able to join the Summer Streets celebration while helping out the environment.

Summer Streets will stretch along Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem, and along the route, it will feature several wind-down areas, dubbed “Rest Stops.” Free performances, events, and art installations will take place there, and visitors will get the chance to find their favorite rest stop to have some fun.

At the Lafayette Street Rest Stop, between Duane and Worth Streets, Unlimited Biking will be providing free bike rentals for those participating in the Summer Streets event. There will be 100 complimentary bikes at three rest stops along the way. At Foley Square, a Topo Chico Beverage Zone will take over on August 6, and guests will be able to enjoy a DJ set from 10 am–1 pm for a proper dance party. Visitors can also choose to head over to the Fitness Class Stage in Cooper Square (between Wanamaker Place and 8th Street), where fitness classes will be open to anyone looking to get some movement in.

Summer Streets is free for anyone to attend. For more information and to check out a full list of event and performances, you can visit the Summer Streets website.

Here’s a map of this year’s route:

Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT

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