Paul RamÃrez Jonas' "Key to the City" Opens Today!
Once a municipal honor reserved only for visiting dignitaries, celebrities and local heroes, New York artist Paul RamÃrez Jonas' new project "Key to the City" allows anyone to present a fellow citizen with a key that unlocks locations in all five boroughs. "Key to the City" opens tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. and, starting tomorrow, a kiosk in Times Square will be open daily for key retrieval. Part scavenger hunt, part re-introduction to overlooked city monuments, whether they be a cathedral or beloved neighborhood soda fountain, the project unlocks private rooms, boxes and displays in locations including the Whitney's coat check, a locker at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn and a room at Queens' Tortilleria Nixtamal. Anyone can give a key as many times as they like, but all keys must be be bestowed at the kiosk to "a friend, colleague, or loved one for a certain deed or trait," so get ready to feel feelings! Although organizers encourage visiting the kiosk, if you're given a key and would like to return the favor to someone else, keys can be copied at select locksmiths and hardware stores around the city. Read all about hours and other details here.