Art & Design
An Upper East Side Mansion Unlike Any You've Ever Seen
When a group of artists including Mickalene Thomas were invited to transform an unoccupied apartment in a beaux arts townhouse on E. 70th St., they went wild with color as they transformed the space into a house the likes of which the otherwise sedate neighborhood had never seen. Thank No Longer Empty, a nonprofit New York arts group that sets up art installations in unused spaces, for the jolt of pizzazz. As of April 18, entry to "Be My Guest," as the installation is called, is free, though only by appointment; the rest of the building is decidedly not abandoned.