February 6, 2017

Hippo Ballerina comes to NYC

What: Tuesday, February 7, the Hippo Ballerina sculpture will make its debut at NYC’s Dante Park. The little strip of land at 64th Street and Broadway (across the street from Lincoln Center) will be the hippo’s home through July 31. Yes, a night at the ballet with a pre-show hippo selfie is definitely in order.

Hippo Ballerina is the creation of Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, and the sculpture installation is a partnership with Art in the Parks, a program of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

It’s understandable why she’s parked outside of the David H. Koch Theater instead of dancing on its stage. This hippo stands at more the 15 feet tall, and weighs upwards of 2.5 tons. Just think of how difficult it would be to find her a suitable male partner.

In addition to its proximity to Lincoln Center, Hippo Ballerina pays homage to two dance greats: the brigade of ballet hippos in Walt Disney’s beloved Fantasia, and Degas’ famous statue, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

When you stop by the statue, be sure to post a pic of yourself sashaying with Hippo Ballerina on Instagram. Use the hashtag #dancewithhippoballerina, and you could win a limited-edition etching of Hippo Tightrope Dancer by the artist and a pair of tickets to the ballet. See you at Lincoln Center!

When: Tuesday, February 7 - Noon
Dante Park: 64th Street and Broadway (across the street from Lincoln Center)

There's no better place to say "I love you" than Times Square

What: This Valentine’s Day, locals and visitors alike will declare their love at the Crossroads of the World.

Celebrate your relationship at our annual Vow Renewal Ceremony. Couples of all ages and backgrounds are invited to say "I do" all over again on Duffy Square's Red Steps. Click the link to learn how to register.

Have you been longing for the opportunity to pop the question or tie the knot in the heart of the city? Learn more about how you could get the chance to do just that:
Surprise Proposals

Weddings in the Square

Learn more about the 9th Annual Times Square Valentine Heart, We Were Strangers Once Too, on display on Duffy Square (46th Street and Broadway) from February 7 - March 5:
We Were Strangers Once Too

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