Tag Archive | Union Square

Pink Thing of The Day: Dale Chihuly’s Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Uptown View
All Photos By Gail

I first noticed the Rose Crystal Tower, a new public art installation from globally famous glass artist Dale Chihuly, as I rode past it while I was on the 14th Street bus. The eye-catching pink sculpture was unveiled on October 6th, 2017 and will stay up for one full year, as part of the NYC Parks’ program Art in the Parks (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year). Art in the Parks is responsible for many notable works of art in public green spaces around the city, including the OY/YO installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Park View

While it maintains a semi-translucent quality, the Rose Crystal Tower is not actually made of glass, but rather  is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. According to an announcement from the Parks Department, Polyvitro is “the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient.” There is a similar sculpture at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle, and you can see a bit of that piece in this photo, which I took when I was there several years ago.

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Park View

I have walked by the Rose Crystal Tower a few times and have taken photos of it from many different angles and in different lighting. It is always gorgeous.

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Park View

Check out the difference in the way the individual crystal groupings look in the daytime, as compared with how it looks at night, in the shots above and below.

Rose Crystal Tower at Night Detail 2
Detail of the Sculpture at Night

Here are more nighttime shots, where you can really apreciate the interior illumination.

Rose Crystal Tower at Night

Rose Crystal Tower at Night

Chihuly’s Rose Crystal Tower is located on the east side of Union Square Park, on the traffic triangle at 15th Street and Park Avenue South. The work will be on display through October 2018, so you have lots of time to see it.

Rose Crystal Tower at Night

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Raphael Soyer, Office Girls

Office Girls
Photo By Gail

As an astute observer of Depression-era New York, Raphael Soyer (1899 – 1987) evoked the inner lives on anonymous city dwellers. His paintings frequently depict the new generation of female workers that he encountered in his Union Square neighborhood. Leaving the home for secretarial and clerical jobs, these woman depicted in Office Girls (1936) achieved an independence that was unprecedented for women of the period, even while unemployment remained high among men. While his artist colleagues usually portrayed these young women in optimistic terms, Soyer’s composition strikes a more ambivalent tone. Squeezed between a throng of rushing female workers and a glowering man, the central woman looks out at the viewer with a gaze that is at once weary and unflinching.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum on NYC.

Mural on Water Tower By STIK

STIK Water Tower
All Photos By Gail

I must not be looking up very often when I am in Union Square, because I just noticed the mural painted on a water tower at 127 Fourth Avenue at 13th Street, which is by the UK-based street artist STIK. Apparently, it’s been up there for two years already. Gee Wiz.

STIK Water Tower Distance

Gail’s Thanksgiving Top Ten!

I Am Thankful

Ten Things for Which I Today Give Thanks:

I am quite thankful that the Insane, Toothless Crack Whore who verbally harassed me on the bus yesterday all the way from Avenue C to Union Square did not actually kill me.

I am thankful for No Relationship Drama in my Life

I am thankful for Two Days Off from Work.

I am thankful to have a Fantastic Job to have two days off from.

I am thankful for the plentiful, cozy Warmth here in the Chickpad.

I am thankful for the delicious homemade Meat Sauce I will be sharing today with my great friend Geoffrey.

I am thankful for all of my other Great Friends besides Geoffrey.

I am thankful for having no Black Friday Shopping to do. Thank you, God!

I am thankful to have so much Wonderful Art to see and discover here in NYC!

I am thankful for all of my loyal Blog Readers!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! xo

Brother Jimmy's BBQ: Get Your Pig On!

Brother Jimmys Restaurant Union Square
“Put Some South in Yo Mouth”

Serving the crossover clientele where avid sports bar enthusiasts meet diehard southern BBQ aficionados, Brother Jimmy’s restaurants continue to maintain fierce customer loyalty while winning over new fans with an innovative approach to menu evolution. From Chicken and Ribs to Brisket and Burgers, the chefs of Brother Jimmy’s never met a cut of meat they didn’t like. But they also listen to their diners and pay attention to trending appetites, which means you’re likely to find something new and delicious on the menu each time you visit. Change, as they say, is good!

Decorated with bright neon, oversized menu boards and vintage feed store signage and farm-themed collectibles purchased from a specialty antique yard in North Carolina, Brother Jimmy’s interior décor is comforting and kitsch all at once. Up front at the bar / lounge it’s all about enjoying a frosty pitcher while watching a couple of sports teams pound each other in whatever big games are being broadcast on the nearly wall-to-wall big screens. But step further back into the dining room and, while the energy level is still at a low rumble (and the big screens are ubiquitous), you can still hear your own lively conversation while satiating your cravings for some of the best Southern BBQ in New York City.

Charlotte Tea Cocktail
All Food Photos By Anne Raso

Don’t forget to start off your evening with one of Jimmy’s specialty cocktails! We tried the Charlotte Tea – a southern twist on the potent Long Island Ice Tea, with 5 alcohols and a hint of peach – refreshing!

Frickles, Fried Pickles
Must Try: “Frickles”

Even if you’ve grown wary/weary of the current “Let’s Deep Fry Everything” craze, be bold and order a starter of Jimmy’s signature Frickles: Slices of crisp sour dill pickles quickly deep fried in a light beer batter and served with a mild sour cream horseradish sauce for dipping ($7.95). These are prepared with such finesse that the pickle chips stay crisp while the hot batter also maintains a light crunch. Absolutely delicious.

The Wright Salad
“The Right Stuff”

Anticipating a meat-centric meal prompted us to search for a salad starter so we could tell ourselves we were eating “healthy.” Brother Jimmy’s Social Media Director, Leigh Shirvan had stopped by our table and she was happy to recommend one of her own favorites, The Wright Salad. This unique and popular salad is made with fresh romaine lettuce, wild rice, tender cubes of sweet grilled yam, tart apples, toasted pecan halves, thinly sliced red onion, dried cherries and a hint of poblano pepper for a subtle kick, all dressed in a light but flavorful vinaigrette ($10.95). The Wright Salad is the perfect size to share, and with the addition of chicken or other meat (add $3.00) it becomes a hearty meal for one on its own.

Other appetizers to choose from on Jimmy’s extensive menu include Peel & Eat Shrimp ($12.50), classic Fried Green Tomatoes ($8.25), crispy Onion Straws ($7.50), Humongous BBQ Nachos ($12.50), Jalapeno Poppers ($9.25), everyone’s favorite Chicken Wings served with a variety of sauces ($9.95 & $10.50) and a Brisket Quesadilla that we heard is outstanding ($9.50, ask for the Brisket as your choice of meat filling, as it is not listed on the menu item), among many other tempting treats.

Pig Pick of Brisket and Pulled Pork
Pig Pick Part One: Brisket, Cole Slaw and Pulled Pork

Since Jimmy’s menu is so extensive – and everything looks, smells and sounds so delicious as you read through it – you might find it difficult to make a decision as to what exactly you want to pig out on. If this is your dilemma, Brother Jimmy’s offers the easy way out with their Pig Pick: A choice of any four meat items including Northern, Southern or Dry Rub Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket (lean or marbled), BBQ Chicken or Pulled Chicken, all served with Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw ($25.95).

Pig Pick: BBQ Chicken and Dry Rub Ribs
Pig Pick Part Two: BBQ Chicken and Dry Rub Pork Ribs

We chose the Dry Rub Ribs, Lean Brisket, BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork and were soon salivating over a sumptuous BBQ feast! The Dry Rub Pork Rib, coated with Jimmy’s famous rub made from twenty ingredients that include black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and cumin is served sauceless,  is as thick and meaty as a beef rib but as tender as a pork loin. The Brisket was also perfectly lean and tender and we appreciated that the pulled pork, so flavorful on its own, was left in its natural roasted and shredded state to be sauced as we liked from one of the three choices of Jimmy’s BBQ sauce on each table. We would also like to give a shout out to Jimmy’s delicious Cole slaw, which tastes like Mom’s homemade slaw – crisp, slightly sweet and not at all vinegary. Nostalgia!

Grilled Skirt Steak, Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens

We also shared Jimmy’s version of Steak & Fries ($20.50), though we persuaded our server to let us substitute sides of Macaroni & Cheese and Collard Greens ($5.50 each) so that we could maximize our sampling. The grilled skirt steak arrived perfectly done (medium well with a decent amount of pink), sliced thin and served with side of homemade BBQ sauce. Collard Greens can be tricky to do the right way and Jimmy’s are cooked to tender perfection. Surprisingly, the Mac & Cheese – one of the restaurant most popular sides – which has a tangy, sharp cheddar flavor turned out to be made exclusively with creamy Velveeta cheese! All we can say is that Velveeta sure has taken a few steps up over the years!

Apple Crumb Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Whipped Cream

Readers of The Gig’s Food Reviews know that we never leave a destination without having tried at least one dessert. Brother Jimmy’s has a very limited selection of desserts, but they cover all the bases with a Red Velvet Cake, Pecan Pie (of course!), Brownie Sunday with Caramel Butterscotch Ice Cream and an Apple Crumb Pie (pictured above) that is just out of this world (all desserts are $6.00).  Try to save some room for this homemade dessert with a tender bottom crust, layers of paper thin slices of tart apple and a crunchy brown sugar topping that we had “all the way” with both Whipped Cream and Ice Cream on the side. Because, why not?

As a special offer to readers of the Worley Gig, Brother Jimmy’s is offering a 15% Discount off the price of food only at their Union Square location (116 East 16th Street between Park Ave South and Irving Place), through January 31, 2012. In order to redeem your discount, all you need to do is mention to your server that you read about Brother Jimmy’s on The Worley Gig. Brother Jimmy’s has locations all over town. Visit Brother Jimmy’s Dot Com to find a location near you.

Andy Warhol Monument in Union Square


The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt (Photograph By James Ewing)

Rob Pruitt’s really awesome Andy Warhol Monument statue has been up at the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway since March of this year. The statue stands just a few yards from one of two former addresses of Warhol’s (in)famous Factory Studio. During the time I’ve lived in NYC (23 or so years) that same location has housed two nightclubs (Area and the short-lived Palace De Beaute), a porn shop and a Petco, which is what it is now. You can visit the statue, and marvel at its shininess, until they take it down on October 2, 2011.