Madison Square Eats: An NYC Food Festival Across from Madison Square Park

Whether we're in the mood for gorging or grazing, the great Madison Square Eats has quickly become one of our favorite fall festivals (see also: one of favorite spring festivals). No surprise, really. Madison Square Eats is centrally located in Worth Square, next to Madison Square Park, in the shadow of the Criterion Building to the north and the Flatiron Building to the south. It's comfortable at this NYC food festival, with plenty of full-sized tables and chairs, all made extra-festive this season by the flowered Marimekko umbrellas and tablecloths, promoting the spanking-new Marimekko store right across Broadway. And of course, you can also bring your food over to the always-pleasant Madison Square Park, right across Fifth Avenue. 

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Jaume Plensa: Echo (aka “the Big Head”) in Madison Square Park

The curators at Madison Square Park have done it again. Assembled and unveiled just last week, the park's latest summer-long art installation is called Echo, it's by the great Jaume Plensa, and it is a brilliant and beautiful addition that will keep watch over the park's main lawn between now and mid August. Jaume Plensa has done many excellent things before–he's probably best known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park, that giant video wall which shoots water out of the mouth of 1,000 different Chicagoans, onto, usually, hordes of shrieking kids–but with Echo he may have outdone himself. True, it's not interactive, like the Crown Fountain (though feel free to sit with your back to its neck), and Plensa has done giant heads before (most notably Dream, the woman who presides over a shut-down coal mine near Liverpool, England), but there is something about the object itself, and…

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