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Only a few months after his human-sized unmeltable ‘Snow Monsters’ hit Flatiron Plaza this past winter, urban artist Peter Regli returned to Dominique Lévy Gallery on East 73rd Street with One Sun – One Moon, a multi-part exhibit featuring more pieces from his overarching project, ‘Reality Hacking, which he has continued in four continents after initiating it in the 1990s.

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There is power in reclamation. Some people adopt derogatory nicknames and terms that their former bullies used to put them down as a defensive tactic. It’s much harder for a word to hurt you if you divorce it from its negative connotations, and imagery works in a similar way. The face of a dead celebrity or a symbol of resistance or oppression can be mass-produced and commodified so much that it’s reduced to a shortcut of meaning, almost separate from the original human personality or the elements and thought that made up the design in the first place.

I feel a similar way about flowers. Now that it’s officially summer and most people’s pollen allergies have retreated until next spring, we can proudly wear the image of our tormentor. Here you are, plucked from the earth and emblazoned onto t-shirts, blazers, and even shorts. You are defeated and we wear you as a trophy, free of the sneezing and itchy eyes you once gave us. Also, I like seeing people aggressively clash patterns like this. Summer fashion is usually some form of “oh god, whatever keeps me cool and passes basic public decency,” so it’s also nice to see and appreciate some interesting patterning, especially if you can act like there’s a deeper meaning to it.

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Follow The Art of Style by Kit Mills.  For more of Kit’s work, check out their website.

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On June 26, 1927, exactly 88 years ago today, the third of Coney Island‘s most famous wooden roller coasters opened to visitors. It was called ‘The Cyclone.’ Seeking to capitalize on the soaring success of wooden coasters like ‘The Thunderbolt‘ and ‘The Tornado,’ brothers Jack and Irving Rosenthal bought land at the intersection of Coney Island’s Surf Avenue and West 10th Street, hired established designer Vernon Keenan to come up with a coaster to compete with the others, and spent a total of around $146,000 to $175,000 building what was then regarded as one of the largest and most buzz-worthy roller coasters of its time.

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Tucked right in Chelsea overshadowed by tall buildings is the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue Cemetery, a sudden green respite on 21st Street fronted by wrought iron gates (and now a Citi Bike station as well). Its official name is the Third Cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue because the cemetery of the religious organization had to move four times since the founding of the religious organization, the oldest Jewish congregation in North America, in 1654.

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maya vs starbucks lawsuit-NYC-Untapped CitiesMaya Hayuk’s ‘Kites #1′ vs Starbucks’ Frappucino Poster. Image via animalnewyork.com

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