There’s Tiki Bar up the block from me that has a row of little solar-powered Hula Dancer figures lined up in the front window, and the sunlight makes them dance tirelessly each day until it sets; so enchanting. And so it is with the Waving Queen Liz I saw at the recent NY Now Summer Marketplace. This Solar Queen greets you with a subtle twist of the wrist if you just expose her to lamplight (no sun needed)! Best of all, she may arrive dressed in Pink!
NY Now Summer Market made an impressive comeback at Javits Center this week and I was there to document the radness which will be shared with you in many upcoming posts on The ‘Gig. First off, let’s get a little Shark Attack fix, shall we?
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you might recall that I recently attended an art event at the National Museum of Mathematics (aka MoMath). On the way out of the museum that evening, I decided to pop in to the gift shop, where I noticed something at first seems a bit incongruous: a tiny Pink Bathtub . . . that was in use as a bin to hold little soaps shaped like the Pi symbol. Oh, the cleverness.
What looks to me to be some sort of a Pink Plastic Child’s Activity Seat accompanied by an adorable Pink Pig Toy were found abandoned on the sidewalk just steps from the entrance to the Goodwill Store on West 14th Street. This brings up so many questions for me. Like, why were they not donated to the store? Were they rejected for hygiene purposes due to Covid? Either way, it’s sad to think of this little piggie ending up in the bin. Sadness.
This adorable little needle-felted wool Shark is by Wool Buddies, and was spotted at Leroy’s Place in Brooklyn. Shark Attack on the shelf!
For reasons that are a mystery to me, the southeast corner of First Avenue and 14th Street has become a dumping ground for assorted household garbage just recently. It’s beyond disgusting. Come on people; have a little pride in your city and refrain from dumping your garbage on the sidewalk. Every apartment building in the city has assigned bins for refuse disposal. You don’t need to strew your shit on the corner of a busy intersection. Losers.
As an example though of something that was probably abandoned on the spot, with little malice of forethought (though with a serious lack of personal responsibility), I recently noticed a discarded Play Stroller that was Pink enough to make make whip out my phone and document its sad demise. They could have at least tried to haul it to a trash bin.
When I was a little girl creating fun adventures for my Barbie dolls, her career choices probably included Fashion Model, Lifeguard, Stewardess, Ken’s Girlfriend, and that’s about it. Now of course, Barbie can be whatever the fuck she wants to be, even a Robotics Engineer. Yes, I just typed that. Here’s what Mattel’s website has to say about 2018’s Career of The Year Barbie:
Dream big with the Barbie® Robotics Engineer doll! This Barbie® Career of the Year doll comes with a laptop and robot figure to play out all kinds of cool stories. Kids can explore exciting opportunities in the high-tech world and code their own futures!
- Great gadgets include a purple laptop that shows a screenshot of her robotics project — and a silvery robot with arms that move at the shoulder.
- Barbie® has partnered with Tynker, a game-based platform that teaches kids how to code and inspires them to explore STEM ( which stands for science, technology, engineering and math,) opportunities!
- Her versatile workday outfit is designed for success with a trendy graphic t-shirt and denim jacket, accessorized with protective goggles.
I love how they specifically say ‘kids” and not “girls” in order to be gender inclusive. And hey, if this fashion-challenged, nerd Barbie (this one has deep-purple hair, excellent) encourages kids to learn to code, I’m all for it.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Countryside: The Future Exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.