There is a new way to get in the swing of things this Christmas season. The Flatiron holiday display allows you to hang out in a hammock. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
Bike Messenger Gabriel Juan Frilando was looking pretty comfortable in a hammock.
"I think it's pretty dope man," says Frilando. "Like it's something I would come do if I were really tired."
They are calling it The Flatiron Skyline - six cozy hammocks suspended from ten steel arches. It's the centerpiece of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership's annual 23 Days of Cheer display.
The hammocks are located on the plaza at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. The backdrop is one of the world's most famous buildings, the Flatiron Building.
"It's visually beautiful, it really accents the neighborhood and the surrounding architecture and the buildings but also it's very interactive with the public which we love," says Jennifer Brown, executive director of Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.
Folks passing though the plaza love it, too. The display of hammocks were selected through a design competition organized by the partnership and Van Alen Institute, an organization dedicated to improving modern life through design of public amenities.
The LOT architectural and design firm came up with the winning design, which is now a home base for a variety of activities and performances throughout the holiday season.
"We use this as a real focal point, to highlight the rest of the neighborhood," says Brown. "Just to bring people out, bring people together for the holidays."
The hammocks are up from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through January 2, giving you plenty of time to give it a whirl, smack in the center of a busy neighborhood. It is certainly from the not-something-you-see-every-day department.
Some people were surprised to find hammocks in the middle of Manhattan.
"Pretty surprised I have to say," says Marja Stensinski, a hammock fan. "I didn't expect this."
"You only see this in New York," says Ida Montilla.
For Mary Landers, a hammock brings back memories.
"When I was about 20, in college, I didn't have a bed. I just had a hammock," she says.
The hammocks are really comfortable. There is only one problem: how to get out of them? The answer: very carefully.