Fans of the television show Arrested Development are intimately familiar with the Bluth family’s original frozen banana stand. For those New Yorkers who have (*gasp*) never seen an episode of Arrested Development, just know, the money is in the banana stand. The traveling banana stand, which turned up at Radio City yesterday, was sponsored by Netflix to promote the upcoming season of Arrested Development, which will be exclusively on Netflix starting May 26th.
From May 2, through September 8, Orly Genger‘s monumental Red, Yellow and Blue, will be exhibited in Madison Square Park. Intricately hand-knotted nautical ropes covered in paint brighten the landscape of the park. Genger created an interactive work that appears to rise out of the ground and then flow seamlessly back into it. The work consists of 1.4 million feet of rope—the total length equating to nearly 20 times the length of Manhattan—covered in over 3,000 gallons of paint, and weighing over an astounding 100,000 pounds. (more…)
“Diner En Blanc” Trailer from fungible on Vimeo.
Dîner en Blanc: the World’s Largest Dinner Party will be screened today at 6pm at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young was one of the participants interviewed for the documentary, as she prepared for the annual pop-up white dinner in Paris, an event she has attended since 2010. Michelle also discusses the planning for New York City’s Dîner en Blanc, for which she was a group leader last year. (more…)
Waffle-patterned shirts for waffle-lovers
Last Sunday afternoon was bright, crisp, and gorgeous—ideal weather to set out on a quest for Belgian waffles. I’d heard tales of the Wafels & Dinges truck(s) providing delicious Euro goodness topped with a mound of whatever waffley condiment pleases you, but had never actually seen one in the flesh. (Or in the truck? In the metal-and-painted-wood? Language is weird.) My pal Katie and I took a leisurely stroll through Central Park South and spotted our quarry outside the eastern gate. The line was sizeable, proving once again that New Yorkers have top taste in street food, and we settled in to observe our fellow waffle devotees. Lots of tourists stopping for a break before heading to their next museum, but there were some interesting-looking humans in the mix.
When I was a child growing up in the United Arab Emirates, the local souk (Arabic for marketplace) was one of the places we frequented as a family—not only was it a great shopping destination, the souk was where we could see the best of Arabian culture and hospitality. So when I learnt that the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York was setting up a Tunisian souk as part of their World Nomads Tunisia initiative, I was more than a little excited to see what they had to offer.
Untapped Cities writer, Sheila Marikar, gets the front page of The New York Times Style Section writing about a new sort of business lunch: full-on dance parties in night clubs like Marquee and Le Bain at The Standard. “Lunch Break” is sponsored by Flavorpill and Absolut Vodka, while alternatives include “Lunch Rocks” and “Lunch Beat.” According to Sheila, “Introduced last summer, it is the most raucous of a group of lunch-hour dance parties starting up in New York City and around the world. The goal: get the screen-addicted masses to move and groove, often with the lubrication of alcohol. But don’t get drunk: this is not the three-martini lunch of yore (or lore), ending with secretaries being chased around a desk. And please, leave the business cards at the office.”
Read more about the new wave of lunchtime dance parties on The New York Times.