Tag Archive | 14th Street

Abandoned Gold Mannequin Torso

Gold Mannequin Torso
All Photos By Gail

On the way to the laundromat with a load of clothes, I passed by this spray-painted gold, female mannequin torso, which has been discarded curbside, atop an old wooden cabinet, and other assorted detritus, on East 14th Street in anticipation of the weekend garbage pick up.

Gold Mannequin Torso 1

I can’t say if the black magic marker designs on the nipples is part of the artwork, or just the evidence of neighborhood teenage boys acting like juvenile idiots.

Gold Mannequin Torso Back

She had additional “comments” scrawled in the same black marker on her backside. I can only assume they were rude in nature.

Gold Mannequin Torso Upshot

I hope an artist found her and took her home.

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The Mystery of The Green Monster Hand

Green Monster Hand Detail
All Photos By Gail

It’s been a few weeks now since I first noticed the Green Monster Hand giving what looks like some kind of a two-finger salute of unknown meaning (I don’t think the fingers are spread apart enough to make it a proper peace sign, but I could be wrong). I can’t say when exactly it went up, but considering I pass by this block (Avenue B between 13th and 14th Streets) almost daily, I think it’s relatively new.

I like it.

Green Monster Hand

Yes, It Exists: Giant Banana With a Mustache

Giant Banana With a Mustache
Photo By Gail

This guy was sitting out on the sidewalk outside The Church of the Immaculate Conception on 14th Street just east of First Avenue, being part of the church’s weekly weekend rummage sale. I hope he found a good home.

Subway Cop

Subway Cop
Photo By Gail

This tiny bronze MTA Policewoman sculpture was spotted on patrol above ground at the elevator to the A C E line at 14th Street and 8th Avenue. Art by Tom Otterness as part of his Life Underground series for MTA Arts & Design.

Head in My Hands

Head in My Hands
Photo By Gail

This is what I feel like at end of long and grueling week at the day gig. Here, we see that feeling manifested in bronze sculpture by artist Tom Otterness, as part of his urban fantasy sculpture series, Life Underground, found throughout the 8th Avenue and 14th Street Subway station in downtown Manhattan.

Product Review: Daiya Dairy-Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread

Daiya Diary Free Container
All Photos By Gail

Do you like cream cheese? I sure do. And if it’s got some fruit in it, all the better. I first heard about Daiya Dairy Free Cream Cheese Spreads at last Summer’s Food Fete and I became an instant fan!

After a bit of searching, I was recently able to locate Daiya‘s Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread at Whole Foods on 14th Street and have been enjoying it on my morning toast.

Daiya Diary Free Container Open
It Looks Pretty Good, Right?

This spread has an authentic, cream cheese tanginess with a not-too-sweet flavor of real strawberries mixed in. The texture is very smooth and creamy, and it spreads easily without tearing the bread — which can sometimes be an issue with regular cream cheese. Daiya also makes this spread in Plain and Chive and Onion flavors, which would be great for use in making savory party snacks!

Daiya Spread on Toasted English Muffin

And while it tastes great on a toasted bagel or English Muffin, it can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for Cream Cheese, so feel free to get creative! Find out more about Daiya Dairy Free cheese products — including their new Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza — plus discover amazing recipes and find out where to buy delicious Daiya products at Daiya Foods Dot Com.

Hanging Astronaut

Hanging Astronaut Close Up
“Ground Control to Major Tom…”

I’ve been seeing what I call the Hanging Astronaut for the past week, twice daily as I travel between my home on East 14th Street and Union Square on the way to and from the subway. As it turns out, the Hanging Astronaut is actually a work of sculpture/street art by artist Emil Alzamora entitled Retrograde. You can read more about the Hanging Astronaut at This Link, although the page misidentifies the location of the intriguing sculpture.

Hanging Astronaut Shot From Curb

As you can see by my photos, he is currently hanging in front of the Beauty Bar cocktail lounge on 14th St. between Second and Third Avenues. As part of the Art in Odd Places project, expect to see the Astronaut up only until Monday, October 15th, 2012.

Hanging Astronaut with Beauty Bar Sign