Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Tel Aviv to Mark Centennial By Shlepping Sand to NYC

How to make blooming place a desert

Print Email
A similar mock Tel Aviv beach, in Vienna.(Courtesy Consulate General of Israel in New York)

Tel Aviv is turning 100 this year, and to celebrate that birthday the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Centennial Administration will plant what its press release calls an “authentic Mediterranean beachfront” in New York’s Central Park. So how do you turn a blooming place into a desert? By trucking in 30 tons of (local) sand to cover a 15-meter square. And what makes that a Tel Aviv beach and not, say, the nearby Jersey Shore? “If you’re lying in the sun, no matter where it is, the sand’s the same sand,” David Saranga, an official with the Israeli consulate in New York, told Tablet. “What gives it a different flavor is the atmosphere around it.” So there’ll be Israeli-style beach volleyball, Israeli-style reggae—and IDF troops musical groups performing on a nearby stage, he says. The beach, which cost $200,000, will last for seven hours on June 21.

CORRECTION: Turns out Saranga said “groups” would be performing. Not “troops.” We regret the auditory error.

Central Park’s Tel Aviv ‘Beach Party’ [Jerusalem Post]

Print Email

44. whoah this blog is magnificent i love reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you could help them greatly.

Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Tel Aviv to Mark Centennial By Shlepping Sand to NYC

How to make blooming place a desert

More on Tablet:

Klinghoffer at the Met

By Paul Berman — John Adams’s masterpiece is about an American Jew murdered by Palestinian terrorists, but the real opera is off stage