1. The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens
The Unisphere was built by the United States Steel Cooperation for the World’s Fair in 1964/65. It’s “dedicated to man’s aspirations toward peace through mutual understanding and symbolizing his achievements in an expanding universe”.
A smaller version of it can be found at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
2. Robert Indiana “Love, Red Blue” at 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan
The American artist created the sign originally in 1964 as a christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art. Today many versions of the sculpture can be found around the world and even another one in New York: at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
His similar red and blue HOPE sculpture is just around the corner at 7th Avenue and 57th Street.
3. The Bowery Mural at the corner of East Houston Street and Bowery
The wall at Bowery and E Houston gets repainted about every six month. Previously artists like Maya Hayuk (pictured), Lady Aiko, Shepard Fairey, JR, Retna and Kenny Scharf were invited to paint the wall.
4. George Segals “Gay Liberation Monument” at Christopher Park in the West Village
The Gay Liberation Monument is located next to the famous Stonewall Inn where the gay rights movement started. It consists of four sculptures -a male and a female couple- which were created by pop artist George Segal, who is best known for this kind of life-sized plaster cast sculptures. Another one of his sculptures, “The commuters“, can be found at Port Authority.
5. “Red Cube” by Isamu Noguchi at 140 Broadway in the Financial District
The bright red sculpture was installed in 1968 in front of the HSBC building in the Financial District and is – despite its name – not a cube but a rectangular box. To see more of Isamu Noguchis art head to the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens.
6. Jeff Koons: “Balloon Flower (red)” at 250 Greenwich Street, Financial District
Close to the new WTC site is a stainless-steel sculpture that looks like a balloon twisted into the shape of a flower, a part of Jeff Koons’ “Celebration” series. There are water jets around the the sculpture which make it a beautiful fountain in summer.
His “Balloon Rabbit (Red)” can be seen in the lobby of 51 Astor Place.
Located on a busy corner in Fort Greene, this triangle-shaped house was the canvas for Cern One’s mural of one of the neighborhoods biggest star: Notorious BIG. Additionally there are pigeons painted all over this side of the building; on the other side – facing Fulton Street – a line from one of Biggies songs is painted: “Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way”.
At the southern end of Union Square is a large clock made of 15 orange LED digits that makes people passing by wonder “What does it actually count?”. The answer is this: The seven leftmost digits show the time in conventional 24-hour format, as hours, minutes, seconds, tenths of a second. The seven rightmost digits display the amount of time remaining in a 24-hour day, as tenths of a second, seconds, minutes, hours. The center digit represents hundredths of a second. In the above picture it’s 05.47 pm and 10.3 seconds and 6 hours 12 minutes and 49.6 seconds left in the day.
9. Adam & Eve by Fernando Botero at Time Warner Center
Two 12-foot-tall bronze sculptures greet visitors in the entry hall of the TWC at Columbus Circle: Adam and Eve by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The statues are typical Botero: corpulent and naked.
10. “Life Underground” by Tom Otterness at 14th Street / 8 Ave station
“Life Underground” is an assembly of little bronze sculptures within the 14th Street / Eight Avenue station (A,C,E,L trains) in Manhattan, created in 1998 by Tom Otterness and purchased by the MTA’s Arts for Transit program. Bronze statues by Tom Otterness can be found all over the city, for example at Penny Park in Battery Park City.
The Wall is a huge piece of public art on the corner of West Houston Street and Broadway. The artwork of sculptor Forrest Myers, consisting of 42 green steel braces on a blue background, was installed in 1973.
The huge mural was fabricated in 1994 and installed in 2002 at the Times Square Subway Station, commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit.
13. “Alamo” by Tony Rosenthal at Astor Place in the East Village
This cube is probably one of the most beloved pieces of public art in New York. It was removed from the square for 2 years during works nearby but has recently returned. The cubed can be spinned around and that’s exactly what passersby did when somebody dressed up as the cube on Halloween.
The bright red sculpture is located in Zucotti Park, home of the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011. With its steel beams rising to the sky it does its name “Joie de vivre” (Joy of life) justice.
15. Alice in Wonderland in Central Park
Children love to climb atop this statue near the Conservatory Water in Central Park. In 1959 philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue – created by José de Creeft – as a gift to the children of NYC.