October 11, 2009 by
A Clearing in the Streets
Collect Pond Park; Leonard & Centre St
Julie Farris and Sarah Wayland-Smith, both with backgrounds in landscape design, were commissioned by the Public Art Fund to design and build this temporary public installation in downtown New York’s Collect Pond Park. A Clearing in the Streets is a living urban meadow partially enclosed by a series of plywood panels, measuring 15 feet in diameter. It’s an attempt to “re-insert” nature into the concrete jungle while allowing people on the street an opportunity to re-evaluate how they relate to their urban surroundings.
On view through October, 2009.
number of view: 2086
October 11, 2009 by
Obscura Antiques & Oddities
280 East 10th St.; 212 505 9251
Obscura is a neat little shop of horrors brimming with taxidermied creatures, victorian clothing, old medical illustrations, coffin plates, old dolls, glass eyes, mourning wreaths, vintage photographs and… well, the list goes on and on. This is a must-do for anyone in need of a bizarre gift for a friend with unusual or just plain morbid sensibilities, collage artists, junk junkies, or if you just love rummaging for weird, unique stuff.
number of view: 2898
October 07, 2009 by
21 Mott St (at Mosco St), NYC
Almost unchanged since it opened in 1968, this is one of the few real-old-school Cantonese restaurants in New York’s Chinatown. Their mile-long, seafood-centered menu, which hasn’t changed much, I understand, in decades, offers standard-issue Chinese food – egg rolls, spare ribs, pork fried rice, vegetable lo mein – as well as lesser-known dishes, such as blackbean snails, pan-fried flounder and delicious Cantonese-style hardshell crab.
Fair portions, affordable to pricey, good for groups, late-night dining (til 4am Fri and Sat), time stands still here, BYOB.
number of view: 612
September 29, 2009 by
On a recent Roadtrip a bunch of us were kickin’ around the Bowery when we stumbled on a curiously dingy little hotel and decided to stop in for a look-see. Time was frozen here – the front lobby seemingly as it was thirty years ago, the musty air of those days thick in the nose – and I was sure we were being watched through peep holes cut into the eyes of people in scenic pictures on the walls. This was definitely a branch of the Twilight Zone.
We sat around for a few minutes, resting our feet, and decided for the hell of it to inquire about a room. We told the clerk that we were just exploring our options and, to our surprise, he gave us two sets of keys – one for a single room, one for a double – and sent us upstairs, unchaperoned, to take a look. Was this some kind of trick? We weren’t sure, but we were willing to take a chance. …
Acutely thrilled, our little hearts a-thumpin’, we scrambled to the stairwell and shot up to the second of four floors, where we discovered creaky darkened hallways lined with flimsy doors that opened to teeny rooms about 7 x 4 feet, barely big enough for one person to unpack a suitcase. Each room contained a short-person bed, a matchbox closet, super wide spaces between the door and doorframe (making it easy for peeping toms to get a good look at you from the hallway), and there was no ceiling (there was open space between the walls of the room and the original ceiling).
Needless to say, we never intended to get a room. We were simply wandering, being proactive in our search for meaningful experience, creating a story to share with others, trying to make our own (free) fun. New York City – not unlike any other city – is full of these lesser seen sites, some active, some not. All you have to do is seek them out.
number of view: 1853