Yeah, I know it’s just a subway ad for Led Zeppelin Album Reissues that have already been available for over a month, but still, it’s Led Zeppelin! I actually hopped off the L one stop before I needed to, just so I could take this photo. Of course, I got back on once the next train arrived.
Photographed on the L Train Platform at Third Avenue, Brooklyn Bound Side.
Stencil Street Art By Adam Dare, Photographed By Gail on Bleecker Street
On occasion, there will be an article in the paper or on the web about a person who inadvertently falls down an open manhole or (and this is especially fun if there is Video Documentation) who trips and stumbles into a fountain in the middle of a busy shopping mall, because he or she is so enraptured with gazing dreamily at his or her smart phone that they forget to watch where they are going. When I read these articles or see these videos, I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of schadenfreude. Because it is my pleasure to see you injured because you are too brain dead to put your phone down and pay attention to where you’re walking.
Spotted Again on Bowery and 1st Street
Just this past weekend, I was exiting the L Train at 14th street and First Avenue when a women ascending the stairs in front of me decided that the smartest choice to make at the moment was to hold everyone up so she could check her FaceBook/ Texts/ Instagram/ Twitter/ Email before she got above ground instead of making it her priority to get the fuck out of the subway, like a normal person. While I’ll admit to entertaining brief fantasies of her tripping and smashing her stupid face on the concrete, as I stepped over her fallen body while she spit out mouthfuls of blood and teeth, that didn’t happen. And that’s probably fortunate, because it would have been a real tragedy if she had taken out an innocent bystander on her way to the ground.
Life Underground is the name of a series of whimsical bronze sculptures by artist Tom Otterness, which have inhabited the 8th Avenue and 14th Street Subway Station since 2001. The sculptures can be found all along the platforms for the A, C and E Trains and also the L Train, as well as literally all over the station. This sculpture of an anthropomorphic pay telephone is installed on one side of a support beam on the Uptown A, C and E platform.
Geoffrey and I were meeting up at Sea Thai on North 6th Street in Williamsburg and I was a few minutes early, so I walked across the street to this cute furniture and design store to get out of the rain and texted him to meet me there. Go to Voucher Slug to get voucher codes for Laura Ashley furniture. I’m not sure how long A & G Merchandise has been open, but it is a super cool little place that sells all kinds of unique and original artsy home furnishings and accessories. I believe they also do custom orders online providing some of the best leather sofas around, but this is just a hunch. The people that work there also seem very friendly, which makes such a huge difference when it comes to forming my first impressions of a new business.
What I really felt charmed and almost transported by were several of the larger floor displays that include Nature Dioramas set into the walls of the store, such as the one seen above. It really reminded me of the Museum of Natural History, which is always a good thing.
Be sure to check them out if you are in the neighborhood, and please tell them The Worley Gig sent you.
A & G Merchandise is located at 111 North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Get off at the Bedford Avenue Stop on the L Train.
Happy Monday! The 4 and 5 trains were running about 20 minutes behind schedule this morning due to either a stalled number 7 train at 42nd Street/Grand Central or signal problems at Bleecker Street, depending on who you believe. But the delays weren’t anywhere near as bad as these L trains to Brooklyn. Gee whiz. If I had to wait fifteen hundred and thirty four minutes for a train, I’d probably just suck it up and take a cab.