We spend a lot of time here in New York City on trains. Mostly subways of course, which is awesome, because they’re cheap(ish) and fast and abundant… plus while you’re getting from one place to the next you can read, play games, listen to music, close your eyes for a bit, develop a crush on the person across from you, instead of, say, fighting traffic, getting parking tickets, paying a fortune for gas.
Subways: yay! And for commuters to Westchester and Connecticut, or reverse-commuters to same, MTA’s Metro-North trains are usually fine, and certainly not nearly the nightmare of some of the other commuter rails, mostly because of their excellent embark- and debarkation point, the beautiful, smartly-designed Grand Central Terminal. Which is soon to be the temporary home to a herd 30 brilliantly-colored dancing horses, created by the incomparable Nick Cave.
Heard NY by Nick Cave is Public Art That Will Be Enjoyed by People of All Ages
Nick Cave: Heard NY sounds like it’ll be a must-see public art project. Co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and the great nonprofit Creative Time, which dedicates itself to bringing cool performances, events, and art works to public places, Nick Cave’s horse herd will reside in Grand Central starting on Monday, March 25 and stay there through Sunday, March 31.
Nick Cave’s herd of 30 horses will spend most their time quietly grazing in the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall (the big room south of the main concourse), but twice each day students from the renowned Ailey School will bring Cave’s colorful, tribal-looking creatures to life with “crossings” throughout Grand Central, accompanied by live music. This, I can imagine, will be quite a spectacle, and perhaps a good Spring Break staycation activity, if you have kids out of school. The crossings will be at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily from March 25th to the 31st. More info here.
In Other Subway-related News, Cinebeasts is Hosting Their “Subway Series”
So that’s Grand Central. Getting back to the subways (which we always do anyway), the movie-loving folks at Cinebeasts have just launched their latest high-concept film “festival”, The Subway Series. Several things look interesting here. The first two are official Subway Series screenings: Information Super Subway–”a homemade mega-mix of video ephemera examining the ego and the id” of the MTA (think goofy old PSA’s and music videos set in the subway)–at the Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg on April 6; and Going Underground, a program of various-length documentaries about graffiti, street artists, and the NYC subway, shown at Union Docs, also in Williamsburg, on April 14.
Also, and maybe even more fun, watch for Subway Cine-Busking, as the Cinebeast crew set up “makeshift movie theaters” on deliberately-kept-vague subway platforms. “Popular L and G stops in North Brooklyn; F and 1 stops in Lower Manhattan” is about as explicit as they’ll get, but I definitely hope I stumble upon one of these screenings sometime between now and the end of April. More info about The Cinebeast Subway Series on their website.