I went walking on the High Line today and saw this fantastic modern abstract sculpture, which is just adjacent to the park, having been installed on the patio of a luxury rental complex known as Ten23, located between 22nd & 23rd Street on Tenth Avenue. The 20-foot high sculpture is called Urban Rattle, and it’s by American artist Charlie Hewitt.
As part of the MTA Arts & Design program (formerly known as MTA Arts for Transit), the platform walls at the Broadway and 23rd Street Subway stops for the N and R Trains are decorated with a seemingly endless row of colorful tile mosaics depicting a series of eclectic Hats previously worn on the heads many and varied famous people from times past. Here are few we photo-captured while out on an Urban Safari this last weekend!
Evelyn Nesbitt, Artist’s Model, Actress, Chorus Girl
Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain), Author
Phineas T. Barnum, Museum Owner and Circus Entrepreneur
Charles Sherwood Stratton (AKA Tom Thumb), PT Barnum Performer
Ehrich Weiss (AKA Harry Houdini), Magician
Isadora Duncan, Dancer
Winslow Homer, Painter
Marie Curie, Physicist
Robert Ross McBurney, Founder of the YMCA, and Julia Ward Howe, Poet
Bird (2012), is a 12-foot high, 12-foot wide, and 14-foot long sculpture, made with fifty-five hundred actual and fabricated nails in the shape of a bird. The work weighs five tons, and rests upon a nest of ninety thousand nails. Through this sculpture, Ryman changes the meaning of the nail, which is traditionally used to connect materials and build structures. By dramatically altering its scale and using it in excessive quantities, Ryman blurs the relationship between abstraction and realism. As the viewer rotates around the sculpture, Bird transitions from the shape of a bird to a nonrepresentational sculpture.
Bird will be on Display through April 21st, 2013
Flatiron Plaza Intersection of 23rd Street, 5th Avenue and Broadway, New York
Hey what’s up. Did you see that crazy rain storm last night here in Manhattan? It was just insane! Lisa and I safely watched the captivating Monsoon activity, including deep, swirling vortexes of water stretching up to six feet from the curb, from the cozy comfort of our storefront window table at Rickshaw Dumplings on 23rd Street, where we dined on a “Bacon Feast for 2” courtesy of Thrillist Rewards. Because, Lisa and I are all about the Bacon.
The Thrillist Bacon Feast features special items not regularly found on Rickshaw’s menu, so you can only taste these bacony delights if you subscribe to Thrillist (you can sign up at the link above) and buy the reward.
For $29, here is what you’ll get:
6 Potato & Bacon Dumplings. Richshaw’s dumplings – or at least these dumplings in particular – have a thicker skin and tasted more like pierogies than Chinatown style Chinese Dumplings, probably due to the non-traditionally Chinese potato filling. Served with a soy-sesame dipping sauce, the tasty mashed potato filling was studded with meaty, smoky bacon. Very delicious!
2 Bulgogi Bacon Buns. A Bulgogi is a tiny Asian meat sandwich on a soft round bun (usually a rice bun), traditionally served with a topping of picked slaw. We would like to note that Rickshaw’s Bulgogi was served on the freshest, most delicious bun! Chopped bacon accompanied the grilled beef filling, accented with an Asian BBQ sauce and finished with shredded carrots and sprouts, whose slightly tangy vinegar dressing moderated the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. Yummy!
2 Bacon n’ Sticky Rices. This may look like a tiny scoop of rice but, trust me, it was the perfect “tasting” size to accompany the other dishes. The rice was loaded with sliced fresh scallions and meaty bites of smoky bacon, for a nice mix of tastes.
2 Mini Miso Soups. This didn’t look like a mini size to me, but more like a full cup of delicious miso soup, loaded with crumbled bacon, tofu and scallions. I even put a bit of the sticky rice into the soup. Excellent!
The porky feast also includes 2 drinks, including beer, sake or a soft drink. Our choice: Rickshaw’s Watermelonade, which is just pressed watermelon juice in its own natural sweetness. Refreshing!
This offer, which is plenty for two average sized people to share, is available any time, any day at Richshaw’s Flatiron location (61 West 23rd Street, 5th & 6th, close the F Train), but only until September 30th, 2012, so you gotta act fast! The price works out to under $15 per person for good amount of food and it’s a great way to get acquainted with this vendor. Get your Bacon Feast reward now at This Link!