It is no secret among residents of NYC that the worst possible place to be in the City — besides Times Square, really, ever — is in the midst of midtown sidewalk shopping traffic during the Holiday Season. Seriously, you might as well just kill yourself. But if you happen to find yourself in that area at this time of year, do fight your way to the Avenue-facing display windows of Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store, because you might see something super cool, like this scene from Snow White, where the Wicked Queen tempts Snow with the Poison Apple. And we all know how that turned out.
On the way from one event to another this past week, we passed by the Mave Hotel, located on Madison Avenue at the corner of 27th Street, and were instantly attracted to this display of inflated red and white balloons they have strewn across the floor in an inaccessible part of the hotel lobby, just off the main entrance from the street. Charming!
Hey what’s up. Did you know that September is National Potato Month? Word.
To celebrate The Love of the Spud appropriately, let me tell you about an exciting offer from Potatopia, the all potato-concept restaurant, which I think you might be interested in. Because, Potatoes.
In honor of September being National Potato Month, customers can visit any of the three Potatopia locations in New York City, Staten Island or New Jersey throughout the month for $4 meals after 4:00PM. Meals for this deal include either a Build Your Own or Signature Meal. Both deals include a small fountain drink.
Potatopia Locations are listed below:
Edison, New Jersey: Menlo Park Mall
Manhattan: 378 6th Avenue – New York, NY
Staten Island, NY: The Staten Island Mall
You have just over 2 more weeks to take advantage of this offer, so head on out and get your Spud on at Potatopia!
This mural of a whale-shaped ship with a Cyclops-eyed conquistador occupant was photographed at 213 Bowery (Corner of Rivington), home to Regent Restaurant Equipment. If you have any further information on the mural, such as the name of the artist (which I cannot quite make out), please feel free to leave it in the comments!
If you happen to be on the NYC Subway, in transit to the American Museum of Natural History via the C Train, and you are not entirely sure which stop to get off at, don’t even worry about it. You will know when you are at the correct station (81st Street) when you see all kinds of colorful tile mosaic creatures crawling along the walls.
These gorgeous representations of reptiles, fish, insects and other creatures are part of a station-wide mural project (circa 2000) called For Want of a Nail, which also extends onto the stations lower level platform, exit ramp tunnels to the street and on both the uptown and down town stops (all photos in this post were taken on the uptown platform).
The theme of For Want of a Nail relates to the interconnectedness of all living things. Animals depicted in grey shadow (such as the giant tortoise, above) are now extinct while living creatures are depicted in color.
There’s always a lot going on at the Museum of Natural History, and it is very easy to get to. You should plan a summer visit right now!
I saw a couple of these Homer Made To Stay stickers — where the “O” in Homer is a Pink Frosted Sprinkled Donut — on 11th Avenue between 18th and 20th Streets when I was in that area recently. I can’t find any reference to its meaning or creator on the Google. And so, it remains a mystery until someone leaves an enlightening message in the comments; which means you’ll be waiting a long, long time.
Artist Conrad Stojak was taking photographs in his neighborhood one day when he happened to take a closer look at a defunct New York City Parking Meter. He noticed how the domed glass, with its tiny built-in shelf, reminded him of the dioramas he used to make in school. And then he got an idea: why not make use of the literally thousands of disused meters to make a different kind of street art?
Having had some experience as a graffiti artist, and having realized that dressing in all black was not necessarily the way to go, Conrad ventured out at night in florescent clothing like that worn by construction workers, thus hiding in plain sight. With tiny figurines he purchased from a hobby store, he used chopsticks and glue to carefully create dioramas that would tell stories of various aspects of city life.
Overnight, the glue on his tiny figures would dry and he would return with his camera to immortalize the scene forever. The best part about this project is that the artist wasn’t leaving any permanent mark or anything that could be construed as vandalism on private, public or city property.
Looking at photographs of these dioramas encourage endless imaginative extrapolation regarding the story behind these tiny scenes, and there is a printed version of Conrad’s back story on how the project evolved posted along with the photographs at Daugherty Gallery. This is a must-read, as his completely engaging personal story adds great value to his unique artwork, the likes of which I’ve only seen in the photographs of artist Randy Hage.
Conrad’s beautifully framed photographs are also very affordable, each selling for around $300, so they are quite a good investment, as I am sure he is an artist we will be hearing from for a long time. You can find out more about the art of Conrad Stojak at This Link. The exhibit opened on Friday, May 16th and I am not sure how long it will be up, so call the number below to plan your visit accordingly.
The Dougherty Gallery at Crescent Grill is located at 38-40 Crescent Street at 39th Avenue, LIC Queens, NY 11101. Phone 718-729-4040 or Visit Crescent Grill Dot Com for more information or to make a Dinner Reservation.