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Something fishy in Battery Park, sweet buildings in Queens, reflections in the Flatiron District, Silk Road caves in New Jersey, and a starry celebration on the Hudson.

Delightfully Fishy
The Battery Conservancy has installed the SeaGlass Carousel, a one-of-a-kind, permanent cultural attraction featuring a colossal nautilus shell and 30 grand luminescent fish at The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. WXY Architecture + Urban Design conceived the carousel as a way of recalling The Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium and designed a spiraling pavilion of glass and steel inspired by the chambered nautilus. The George Tsypin Opera Factory designed the magnificent fish figures, which range from 9-feet wide to 13-feet tall. Montreal-based Show Canada fabricated and assembled the structure, and Kyle Chepulis of Technical Artistry designed the lighting. NY Carousel, Ride Entertainment’s New York operations team, operates the SeaGlass. The motors lie under the floor, which allow full visibility across and around the shell, with no center post. Instead of riding atop the fish as one would on a typical carousel, visitors sit inside them while gliding through the sights and sounds of a 360-degree aquatic adventure. Presented by SiriusXM, each SeaGlass ride is defined by a distinct piece of thematic music to enhance the mystical experience. Through December 31 (will reopen in March 2016). State Street at Water Street, 212.344.3491, seaglasscarousel.nyc.

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