Winter has come to the northern hemisphere and for many – except the die hard outdoor types – spending time at the local park is out of the question. The Open House Gallery in New York City has found the perfect answer to this small dilemma – the Pop Up Park.
The Open House Gallery at 201 Mulberry St – on the lower east side of Manhattan – has turned three and half rooms into a park complete with pretend grass, bocce ball, crochet, park benches, see-saw, and the sounds of birds. The park opened on January 8 and will run until the end of the month. While there isn’t enough room for the popular park pass time of flinging the Frisbee, there is plenty of room for a picnic or just lounging on the lawn with a good book. The lighting used in the “park” is the same lighting used to treat people with seasonal disorders, so even an afternoon at the “park” in the middle of a snow storm will have visitors feeling better when the leave. There are even venders selling food for hungry “park” visitors.
One visitor, six year old Linus, took off his shoes and noted, “It’s nice you have a roof on top so that you can enjoy the park even if it’s snowing.”
The Open House Gallery and the Pop Up Park are open daily from 11am to 6pm.