New York

New York's Beloved Storm King Art Center Is Getting a $45 Million Revamp

The expansion will be complete in 2024.

Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center

New Yorkers will have to wait until 2024 to see it with their own eyes, but the changes will be worth it.

Storm King Art Center, the expansive outdoor sculpture center that lies 1.5 hours away from New York City in the Hudson Valley, is about to become bigger, greener, and even more art-centric. A renovation project is set to begin later this year and last until 2024. Divided in three different revamping efforts, the $45 million investment aims at improving the 500-acre space both functionally and creatively.

Working with a global team of consultants, the Art Center is set to revamp the site to support the increasing number of visitors and programming. Making the visitors’ experience more memorable and sustainable is also a core value, and the project aims at satisfying those needs through landscape modifications centered around sustainability and functionality.

“While each design firm brings a distinct toolbox of expertise, their collective approach is grounded in a shared set of values which aligns with Storm King’s,” said Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and Projects at Storm King Amy S. Weisser in an official statement. “They have a similar deference to art and nature and dedication to being in and of the outdoors, to creativity and collaboration, to care for people and nature, and to building sustainable infrastructure. With its delicate impact on the land, this project demonstrates that a museum building is a platform for experience.”

One of the most exciting new additions to Storm King Art Center will be a set of pavilions to welcome guests upon arrival. Featuring essential amenities including restrooms, group gathering places, and orientation areas, each pavilion will be designed and constructed to be sustainable and respectful to the surrounding space and its art. The pavilions will be constructed from natural materials, and the surrounding landscape will include native plants to guide visitors through the outdoor lobby and into the Art Center’s grounds. Every pavilion and each pathway will be universally accessible.

In order to support the Art Center’s artistic vision, the project will unveil a new Conservation, Fabrication, and Maintenance Building. This structure will become a space for artistic and creative collaboration, with flexibility for artists depending on their needs. It can serve as a workshop, a studio, a mechanical shop, a storage space, and, if needed, even an office. Thanks to the new space’s high functionality and flexibility, artists will be able to bring their outdoorsy artistic vision to life much more easily, and will get the chance to create new work on site. The building will be strategically located at the southern edge of Storm King, where a new meadow area will naturally extend the existing spaces providing new areas for exhibitions and installations. Another meadow area will also be added in the north side of the center.

Sustainability and environmentally-friendly improvements are also paramount in the new project. To preserve the Art Center’s surroundings, a new parking area designed to support the use of public transportation to reach Storm King will be created, and it will help reduce the visitors’ carbon footprint. The project’s modifications will also allow the museum to better serve both local and traveling audiences, and they will impact infrastructure (both external and internal roadways) to mitigate and improve traffic.

Town officials are excited for the new project, and are optimistic about the future of the Art Center. “Storm King Art Center has been a jewel of the Town of Cornwall and New York State’s Hudson Valley for decades,” Cornwall Town Supervisor Joshua Wojehowski said in an official statement. “Their newly announced capital project supports the town and region by providing more opportunities for residents, schoolchildren, and artists, and it protects wildlife and plant diversity as a land corridor between public parklands. Throughout the challenges of the past few years, the Art Center has been an incredible resource for our community and for many visitors to our town, reminding me of the critical role art and nature play in our lives. Storm King’s plans ensure the future of this special place for generations to come.”

Take a look at some photo renderings of the revamped Storm King Art Center:

Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center
Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center

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New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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