Temporarily escape from the city's gloom with The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology's new exhibit, "Up River," a 63-foot-long, nautically-inspired, multidimensional representation of the Hudson River. We hear it's simply lovely this time of year.

The installation comes from artist Kingsley Parker, who stitched together painter's tarpaulins with the navigational routes used by sailors to create one giant wall-mounted river. Alongside the nautical chart are smaller sculptures and photographs showing scenes of life and business around the Hudson, including everything from tugboats to correctional facilities.

Parker created the works after moving to the artsy little town of Hudson after 37 years of living in the city. “I’ve come to marvel at the river’s diversity as I commute back and forth by train,” he says. “It’s a working river, with tugs and barges constantly moving up and down, often in night, in total darkness."

"Up River" is running through December 10th at the Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. Pro tip: the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so plan wisely.