What if we didn’t have clothing as an identifier? Franco-American photographer and artist Erica Simone explores this concept to its natural end extreme through a series of nude self-portraits in quintessentially New York situations: riding the subway, getting out of a cab, shopping at the bodega, getting hotdogs at Papaya Dog. As she writes in her artist statement for the project Neu York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen, “What would the world feel like naked? What if we didn’t have clothing to come in between us? Or if we couldn’t show off our social status? What if all we had were our bodies to express our personalities?”
This week, in addition to New York City’s celebration of International Pillow Fight Day, take in talks about Art Deco Architecture and steamboats on the Hudson River, historical exhibits and a crowdsourced performance evening at the New York Transit Museum.
Monday, March 30th
The Art Deco Society of New York presents Boak & Paris: New York Architects in an illustrated talk by Annice Alt. The talk will be about New York architects, Boak & Paris whose landmarked Metro Theater and residential buildings brought creative design to city dwellers in the 1930s. New York School of Interior Design; 170 East 70th Street.
The hippies may have been a small subsection of the 1960s counterculture, but they had a pretty awesome run. On March 26, 1967, over 10,000 congregated in Central Park for an Easter Sunday “Be In.” The event, which defies obvious description, was the first of many such events in New York City during what became famously known as the “Summer of Love.”
In July 1927, Popular Science profiled a proposal for a sixteen mile elevated highway that would span the rooftops of a Manhattan avenue. This futuristic plan came from the mind of John K. Hencken, a New York based engineer, and was allegedly “approved by a number of eminent engineers and city planners.” The plan called for a series of uniform twelve-story buildings extending from the Battery Park to Yonkers.
Photos via David W. Dunlap
As far as developers go, the ones at 5 Bryant Park have been doing some interesting things since the get go. Capitalizing on the street art movement in New York City, they permitted “Art Battles” in the unfinished lobby in 2013. Yesterday, The New York Times reported that a large 1950s-era glass mosaic mural by Max Spivak had been uncovered behind metal panels, added during a previous modernization of the lobby. But within hours of the article publication, the mural was covered by a blue screen.
Economy Candy, NYC’s Oldest Candy Store
From its blue colored sign to its trademark image of a kid surrounded by morsels of sugary sweets, one might think Economy Candy store was erected from the remnants of a Willy Wonka movie. In truth, its origins are much older. At 78 years old, Economy Candy is actually the oldest candy store in New York City. The Lower East Side shop was founded by Morris “Moishe” Cohen, who passed away in February at the age if 97, in 1937 during the later years of the Great Depression. Despite its name, Economy Candy was originally a shoe store that sold candy to its patrons. As the economic downturn persisted, with families scrimping on uneccessary fashion purchases, Cohen found that candy continued to be that little guilty purchase. Today, staying true to its diversified roots, Economy Candy offers more than just candy, selling childhood mementos and memorabilia.