Geoffrey and I went out on a massive Art Crawl this past weekend and we saw the above-pictured posters up everywhere in the Chelsea Gallery District. Apparently, they are adverts for Adrien Brody’s new print series, Hooked. As you can see, it is a parody of the Starbucks brand logo, with the coffee merchant’s familiar Siren mascot holding a pistol to each of her temples. Lovely.
The prints debuted at David Benrimon Fine Art booth at the Art New York fair, which ran from May 3rd to 8th as part of Frieze week.
We saw them again on 20th Street, just outside the tunnel entrance to the Comme des Garcons Boutique. Here, street art/graffiti legend Hektad has already left his mark.
Hektad Is So Funky When Wet!
Anyone looking for an art bargain should get to peeling one of these suckers off the wall straight away, otherwise you can buy a proper print for just $25,000 (not a typo) at This Link!
Claw Money (AKA Claudia Gold), whose Clawed Paw tag is all over the Lower East Side, is supposedly one of the most influential graffiti artists of all time, but, honestly, I never even heard of her or saw her art on the street until after she was a guest judge on the shitty reality series Street Art Throw-down, which was just an embarrassment. That means we focus more on your cash flow and not just your FICO score.
This mural is on the side of a Starbucks at the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets.
Photographed by Gail at the 96th Street 6 Train Station
The second season of Nathan Fielder’s critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show Nathan For You will debut on Tuesday, June 24th, July 1st, 2014. Nathan For You, which is completely hilarious, was renewed by the network last year for a 10-episode season — two more episodes than it was given during its initial season. The show will air Tuesdays at 10:30 PM, following Drunk History, which premieres on the same date. While I’m sure there’s a ton of amazing stuff in these 10 episodes of Nathan For You, the most eagerly-awaited one will document Dumb Starbucks, the fully-functioning Starbucks knockoff Fielder opened in Los Angeles in February of this year. Dumb Starbucks, a stunt by Fielder to test the limits of US parody laws, captured the media’s attention before it was known that he was behind it. The business was quickly shut down for operating without a permit. Dumb Starbucks is the only Nathan For You experiment from the new season that has been revealed so far. I am so excited!
Oh MLK Day, I took myself out to the “Weekend Brunch” at 7A — my favorite local Brunch spot and a restaurant I’ve frequented for the twenty years that I’ve lived in this neigborhood. The word is out now that 7A — cleverly named for its location on the corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A — will shut its doors for good at the end of January. My waitress told me that the owner is moving to California and just wants to sell the property off and be done with it. And that’s just shame, because 7A was the best.
When I first moved to the East Village and didn’t know many people, I hung out a lot by myself. One of my favorite things to do in those years was to visit 7A on the weekends for their delicious brunch, sit at a table by one of the windows and just watch people walk by. You could not buy better entertainment than that. But 7A has always been about so much more that good Freak Watching. The prices were always very reasonable, the food excellent (their guacamole-laden Mexican Burgers featured better ground beef than you find in most steak houses) and plentiful (I never left hungry) and the service friendly and efficient. 7A was a colorful local hangout where you could just be yourself.
7A was, out of necessity, renovated and redesigned a couple of times over the past two decades, but it never lost its character.
This is the massive meal I had for Brunch on my recent, and perhaps final, visit. A California Omelet stuffed with refried beans, cheese and tomatoes and topped with their delicious homemade guacamole, accompanied by Green Salad, Crispy Home-fried Potatoes and Seven Grain Toast. Brunch also included Coffee or Tea and a Cocktail (In this photo, I am about to enjoy a Screwdriver, which, as you can see, is tall enough to get you buzzed). This feast costs only $14.95, which means that with tax and generous tip you get more food than you can barely stuff in your face for about $20. What a bargain!
With the way things come and go in NYC and the rate at which landmarks and beloved establishments are being swept aside to be replaced by another fucking Starbucks, sentimentality is, perhaps not surprisingly, in short supply around here. Because you just can’t afford to get too attached to anything anymore. And while the loss of 7A is hardly as emotionally and culturally devastating as the closing of The Kiev, I will miss it.
I’m not sure what 7A’s final day of business will be (the 31st is a Thursday) but you might have time to grab one more famous Weekend Brunch if you step on it. Goodbye 7A and thanks for all the memories. I hope your staff finds good new employment!
You know how Cupcakes are so trending right now. Cupcake stores are popping up everywhere you look, just like Starbucks. I mean, they even have cupcake baking “Wars” on TV and everything. Cupcakes! If you are going to be baking any cupcakes of your own, or buying them in fancy cupcake stores but serving them in your home, you probably want a fancy plate for this. Here is one I really like.
Cupcake Stand Features:
Show off your cupcakes in style
Complete with dangling cupcake charms
Comes in decorative gift box
Size: 16″ x 5″
Also, you can put a full-size cake on it. Versatility! I sense that you are attracted to this Cupcake Stand. And guess what? You can own it for just $39.95. It is available at This Link right now!
Forget about Tall, Grande and Venti, Starbucks has two new sizes: Plenta and Micra. The Plenta is a 128-ounce drink for caffeine addicts who can’t get enough coffee, and for those who need just a tiny sip, you can get the 2-ounce Micra. And don’t worry about all that paper waste from the new Plenta sized-cup, Starbucks says you can reuse your gigantic Plenta cups in a number of useful ways including as a planter, lampshade or yoga block.