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Key to the City, presented by Creative Time.

By Pixeldream, Inc

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For centuries, the key to the city has been used to honor a city’s heroes and visiting dignitaries. Now, artist Paul Ramírez Jonas has created a Key to the City that is not only a symbolic award, but also a functional key—opening spaces across all five boroughs of New York City. Presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York.

This Key to the City is intended for everyday citizens, who will award one another the key for reasons large and small. Once in hand, the key launches a citywide exploration of back doors, front gates, community gardens, graveyards, and museums that suggests that the city is a series of spaces that are either locked or unlocked.

Your digital passport to the project, the Key to the City iPhone app contains information about the project and artist, an interactive list of lock sites with photos and descriptions of what your key will unlock, and a location-based map to help guide you on an exploration of public and private space across all five boroughs. Can't decide which site to visit first? The choose a random lock function will pick one for you.

Visit for more information about the project and the organization that has presented the most innovative art in the public realm for the past 36 years.

What's New in Version 1.01

* Corrected application name
* Updated information in "About" section

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Customer Reviews

Clever key the city concept and app!

Once I understood its an app for a citywide art project it all madr total sense. Smart art and use of iphone/ipad technology to give us a key to places I would of not otherwise visited. Ramirez is an artist who continues to surprise me. Looking forward to visiting all the stops.

To the point, simple and helpful

This is a great/fun art piece. This app is a nice companion to the piece, specially if you are afraid to lose or ruin you passport. Simple, to point and useful.

Best idea ever.

Totes heading to times square tomorrow to get myself a key!
It's perfect.

Key to the City, presented by Creative Time.
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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
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  • Version: 1.01
  • Size: 0.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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