Inflated bouncy house brings balls of fun to midtown Manhattan

By Thomson Reuters Aug 25, 2022 | 4:21 PM

(Reuters) – An interactive art installation featuring hundreds of thousands of balls, giant slides, glittering disco balls and even falling snow has popped up in the middle of Manhattan.

Pop in the City, a 120-foot (37-m)-long bouncy house that pays homage to New York City, is a custom-built installation in Greeley Square Park, a short walk from such landmarks as the Empire State Building and Macy’s Herald Square.

Visitors enter through a slide that drops them into 500,000 translucent balls. As they walk, slide or run through the inflated structure, they travel through zones where salutes to such iconic New York symbols as a ‘big apple,’ pizza and tall buildings, many represented by oversized inflatable art, are displayed.

A portion of the attraction salutes 1970s nightclub Studio 54, with 100 disco balls hanging from the ceiling and live DJs, MCs and musicians. In the ‘Winter in the City’ section, visitors can play with real snow alongside inflated snowmen.

The fun will continue through Sunday.

(Reporting by Christine Kiernan; Writing by Mark Porter; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)