Check out this cool custom gate that caught my eye as I was walk around in Chelsea the other day: the design is based on the iconic image of the Man in the Moon (with a space capsule embedded through one eye) from the 1902 French adventure film, A Trip to the Moon.
Spotted on 21st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Chelsea, NYC.
I pass this mural often on the way to the Chelsea Art Galleries, but yesterday was the first time I’ve stopped long enough to photograph it. A collaboration between Brazilian Street Artists and twin brothers, Os Gemeos, and American graffiti artist Futura, this fun piece went up in early 2015.
Located Adjacent to the Play Yard of PS 11, at 320 W 21st Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), in Manhattan.
This Street Art Tag of a Silver Sphere sporting Dark Shades and a Protruding Tongue can be seen around the Chelsea Gallery District neighborhood adorning various surfaces, from the above mail box to a van I saw parked just a few blocks from where this photo was taken, at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 20th Street. If anyone knows the artist or what this tag is called, please leave it in the comments – thanks!
The IAC Building, which is the headquarters for InterAcive Corp, sits on the Hudson River-facing lot on Eleventh Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. I sometimes pass it when I am gallery hopping and when it is lit up at night it is quite breathtaking to behold.
Besides the fact that the building itself is one of the most gorgeous examples of modern architecture in Manhattan, I am also quite charmed by the block-long series of video screens in the building’s lobby, which are visible from Eleventh Avenue. The visuals change all the time, but on a night last fall I snapped few photos of this pink and green set of abstract images.
When you get up close to the glass, you can see it is imbedded with little black dots, which I imagine help to shade the interior and add a dimension of privacy during the day.
I love this building.
Seen from Eleventh Avenue Looking North in Winter, 2015
Seen from the High Line, Summer 2015
19th Street Side, Late September of 2015
View from 20th Street Looking South, October 2016
Seen from the High Line in March of 2018
Seen from the middle of the Hudson River in July of 2018!
Do you like Burgers? I sure do. Burgers have been a bit of a Thing for a while now, so there are many different places competing for your money when you want a red meat fix. There are a few places scattered around the city that I frequent, and each does something special with the simple culinary pleasure that is the hamburger. Now, I am adding a new favorite to that list.
Canadian Burger Chain Big Smoke Burger has just opened its flagship store in Chelsea and I recently had the pleasure of being won over by their no-frills approach to creating a big, juicy burger the way you would make one to fire up on your own backyard grill.
This past Sunday, July 13th, Big Smoke Burger held a private event in their new home on 7th Avenue, at which owner Anthony Fauci pledged a $20 donation for every person in the door from 6-10 PM. All proceeds went to The National Urban Technology Center and the Legacy School for Integrated Studies, located on West 14th Street, to help to transform young lives through the use of technology. So, good burgers for a good cause, woo!
During the fun evening, guests were invited to sample a full range of Big Smoke’s delicious sandwiches and sides, which include first rate hand-cut fries and also Poutine – a Canadian specialty similar to NYC’s own Disco Fries – which adds cheese curds and brown gravy atop a generous portion of fries. These indulgent fries are a meal on their own and are sure to win lots of fans!
The trays of fresh-from-the-grill burgers made the rounds every few minutes – it was sheer burger heaven!
Big Smoke’s menu is divided into a Classic Burgers section featuring Cheese and Double Cheese Burgers, Veggie Burgers and Grilled Chicken Breast Burgers, and Signature Burgers, including the namesake Big Smoke Burger, dressed with Lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, smoked cheddar cheese and horseradish mayo, which you see pictured above. This burger is amazing, so flavorful and juicy with fresh toppings. Plus, look how huge it is! A fresh Lamb Burger topped with Cilantro Feta spread is also on the menu and many other burgers include toppings such as goat cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, sautéed mushrooms and variety of delicious mayonnaise-based sauces.
And who could resist a shot of one of Big Smoke Burger’s fresh and luscious Milkshakes? Not this girl!
Outdoor Patio Coming Soon
There’s lots of room to dine in at communal tables and even a small bar, and the restaurant also has 880 square feet of outdoor space which should be open as a partially covered patio by fall 2014.
Service is also friendly, quick and personal, which is important and very much appreciated! One of our servers at Sunday’s event was King, who was all about friendly service. Thanks King, I hope to see you again on my next visit!
Click on This Link to Find a Big Smoke Burger In Your Neighborhood!
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.
While Late Confessions, the new exhibit by identical twin graffiti artists How & Nosm, opened over two weeks ago, it took that long for us to make it to the exhibit due to NYC’s recent streak of inclement weather and circumstances beyond our control. We must “confess,” however, that it was worth the wait, because this “must see” show is nothing short of fantastic!
We have previously seen single works by How & Nosm (the pseudonyms of Raoul and Davide Perré) in group shows at venues such as Opera Gallery in Soho, or on the ever-rotating Houston Street at Bowery Mural, but this is our first exposure to a show of multiple works by these fabulously talented brothers. We admit we had no clue that they were capable of such depth and diversity, and this exhibit, which includes a few incidences of site-specific installation, had us oohing an aahing as we moved excitedly from room to room.
Born in Germany and raised in Spain, the brothers reveal different parts of their past in the art that was produced for this exhibition. In addition to using their signature color palette of red, grey and black, the twins have pushed their own boundaries with massive canvases and installations that show how dynamic they can be.
In a small shrine-like room close to the front of the gallery, you’ll find a series of “art books” painted specifically for this show. This display brought on the show’s ‘Wow Factor’ immediately.
Down the hall and around another corner, you may feel like you’ve stumbled into Alice’s storybook Wonderland.
There is a new discovery every way you look.
The detail of these works is phenomenal.
In yet another room of the gallery, you’ll find a massive sculpture of a Fish surrounded by suspended umbrellas and other whimsical details that help to further whatever narrative you are making up in your head.
Although it is still very early in the year, How & Nosm’s Late Confessions will surely rank among our Top Ten Exhibits for 2013! See it while you can!
Late Confessions runs through February 23rd, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine’s Pop Up Space, located at 557 W 23rd Street, New York City.