One of the benefits of attending one of the Warm Up events at MoMA PS1, in addition to the live DJs, food from M. Wells and the booze, is that you can explore the exhibits inside while the party is taking place in the courtyard. It’s hard to believe Warm Up has been going on for 18 years now, but that’s a testament to its mission to provide experimental music and art across a range of genres. The building used to be the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and as its name suggests, it was originally the first public school in Long Island City.
The art of Chris Burden pushes the viewer to consider the limits of the physical world – through an investigation of speed, weights, and measures. Though the exhibit Chris Burden: Extreme Measures is no longer up at the New Museum, there is one very obvious remnant you can see without even stepping inside the museum (which we still recommend). Ghost Ship is a sailboat handmade by Burden in 2005 that was installed on the facade of the New Museum for the Extreme Measures exhibition, and will remain there “for the foreseeable future,” says the museum. At the very top, a second piece, “Two Quasi-Legal Skyscrapers,” is another Burden piece that has been on the roof since 2013.
Today, August 14th, is the anniversary of VJ Day (or Victory Over Japan Day) in 1945 when Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the iconic photograph of the kiss between sailor and nurse in Times Square. The photograph, entitled The Kiss, has been the subject of much debate, across a wind range of topics.
Was it staged? Eisenstaedt himself gives two rather different accounts of how it happened. Who are the people in the photograph? Over a dozen people have claimed to be the sailor or the nurse. Even Eisenstaedt thought he had found her, a woman by the name of Edith Shain, but the claim was debunked by a 2012 book which claimed Shain was too short. Shain.The sailor is identified with a bit more certainty, through photographic analysis, to be George Mendonça. Mendonça identified the nurse as a woman by the name of Greta Friedman, who also came forward as the nurse.
What time did it take place? As reported in Wired, a physicist and his colleagues have determined the precise time over the course of a four year study: 5:51 pm they believe.
Photo via Mashable
Embedded into the sidewalk in front of 110 Greene Street just south of Prince Street is a floating subway map 90 feet long by 12 feet wide. The work has all the quintessential elements of a New York City artist’s story. An artist begins her career on the streets of Soho. She seeks to install a public art piece (supported by a real-estate developer) but has to get it passed by the community board. Then she is mocked by an officer in the Department of Transportation for her idea, this was the 1980s after all. But in an act of persistence, it gets approved, and the piece of work becomes an award-winning piece beloved by residents.
The heart of the Tenderloin District, 37th Street looking towards 9th Avenue. From the New York Daily Tribune
A lone streetcar slowly wound up 8th Avenue in the early hours of Monday, August 13th, 1900. New York City was in the midst of a particularly oppressive heat wave. The Tenderloin District, which had seen outbreaks of violence that summer, was unusually still. There were no signs of what was to become the worst riot in New York City history since the infamous 1863 Draft Riots. Voices and cigar smoke escaped McBride’s saloon, at 41st Street and 8th Avenue. May Enoch was patiently waiting outside for her companion, Arthur Harris, when she was approached by plainclothes policeman Robert J. Thorpe.
Do a quick Google search. Sometimes it’s so hot, you can actually fry eggs on a sidewalk or a manhole cover. And as the heat returns over the weekend, it still might be possible in New York City this summer. But even better (and more sanitary) might be this creative street art piece in Alphabet City on Avenue C and 2nd Street, photographed by Untapped Cities reader Laurie Gwen Shapiro. Makes us almost want to have some N.Y.C. Sewer waffles too.
If anybody knows the artist who did this, let us know!
Next, check out 10 of NYC’s most unique manhole covers or discover the disproportionate number of manhole covers that are in Westminster Abbey, London.