January 15, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
After two snowstorms, New Yorkers might be happy to escape the cold by stepping into the 73 degree warmth of a new indoor pop-up park. If they can make an indoor park here, they can make it anywhere. New York, New York.
Openhouse Gallery, an exhibition and installation venue in the city’s NoLita neighborhood, has transformed its 4,500-square-foot space into Park Here, a pop-up indoor park, complete with grass (it’s artificial), real trees, and benches.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) light boxes are on hand to elevate winter-depleted serotonin levels, and local food vendors that usually disappear in winter, like Luke’s Lobster and Mexique, will keep tummies filled. They’ve even piped in soothing bird-chirping sounds to further the mellowing effect.
After dark the park becomes a private event space curated by UrbanDaddy for flower arranging classes, wine tastings, movie nights, and dinner parties of 5-course picnic baskets catered by Big Apple culinary icons like Daniel Boulud, The Night Owl, The Fat Radish and Nobu.
Info and tickets available through UrbanDaddy.