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Michael Bell-Smith and Andy Baio present their project at last year's conference.Photo: Courtesy of Rhizome

Tag Team Tech
For St Rhizome annual Seven on Seven Conference this Saturday at the New Museum, seven artists and seven tech developers will team up and spend 24 hours developing something totally new—a work of art, a social-media platform, a dreamy new concept—before they have to present it to the crowd. Past conferences produced a video-sharing app created by Ryan Trecartin and David Karp and a kinetic sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and award-winning technologist Ayah Bdeir; this year’s teams will be assembled from a group of techies that includes Anthony Volodkin (founder of Hypemachine) and Marissa Mayer (localization VP of Google), and artists Xavier Cha and LaToya Ruby Frazier, with acclaimed tech writer David Rushkoff as the keynote speaker (235 Bowery, at Prince St.; 212-219-1222; $35-$250; register at

Fair Trade
Online antiques megamall is partnering with Dolphin Promotions to open its inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair (a.k.a. NYC20) tomorrow in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Nearly forty 1stdibs retailers will be there showing curated collections of twentieth-century furniture, lighting, jewelry, photography, and fine arts, plus vintage clothing and accessories. Thursday night’s preview party is also a benefit for the Bard Graduate Center’s program in decorative arts, and the fair opens to the public on Friday (70 Lincoln Center Plz., at W. 62nd St.; 954-610-1872;

Long Live Queens
After three years and $45 million, Mayor Bloomberg announced last week that the Queens Plaza enhancement project is finished and will henceforth be known as “Dutch Kills Green.” The name, chosen from more than 600 citizen submissions, hints at the projects’ goal of greenifying the formerly industrial stretch between Northern Boulevard and 21st Street, adding 489 new trees and one and a half acres of open space planted with native grasses and crisscrossed with biking and walking paths. The park was formerly a commuter-parking lot for JFK airport and now borders JetBlue’s new New York headquarters, which also made its debut last week.

Uptown Rocks
Englishman Rory Dobner brings his rock-and-roll-inspired designs (he’s worked with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Kate Moss, and Soho House, among others) to the Upper East Side—specifically to Maison 24, the jewel-box gift shop that opened on Park Avenue last fall. The six-month shop-in-shop will feature the designer’s intricate ink-decorated products in designs invoking everything from fairy tales to taxidermy (470 Park Ave., at 58th St.; 212-355-2414;

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