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.
This now-famous glass Watertower by Tom Fruin will only be on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park until June this year, and you can get up close and personal with a replica in Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend. Those who can’t get to New York City can have a look through this Live Cam.
Michael De Feo’s street art flowers bring smiles to people everywhere they sprout up. The oversized blooms can be seen around New York City, but like any ephemeral art, are often covered over.
Image Courtesy of Lori Zimmer, Art Nerd New York
Not so with this one above SVA’s Dorm on 23rd. High above the street, De Feo’s flower stands protected against the grubby hands of other street artists, and has been going strong since the summer of 1994!!
His studio art is pretty incredible, too.
Who: Michael De Feo
Where: above 209 E 23rd St
Today’s urban transit nerd Daily What?! comes to us from Untapped Cities contributor Danielle Dowler, who works at NYC’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC). These adorable stress relievers that advertise PortNYC come in plane, train and shipping vessel shapes.