Monday, September 01, 2014

Italian Futurism 1909-1944 at the Guggenheim


You could be forgiven for wondering how the Italian Futurists ever managed to get any work done, what with all the time they spent writing manifestos. But the Italian Futurism 1909-1944 show at the Guggenheim reminds us that Marinetti, Carra, Benedetta, and the rest did in fact occasionally stop panegyrizing speed and virility and death to paint, draw, sculpt, and photograph things. The far-reaching exhibit displays just how far some Futurists took the idea of remaking the world --- who would have thought that the revolution would extend to coffee pots? --- and follows Futurism into its later, less reputable period, when it wasn't merely setting the aesthetic table for militaristic totalitarianism but was actively serving up fascist propaganda. In an era impatient even with virtual speed, some of the works can feel almost quaint in their celebration of mechanical speed, which is itself instructive: the shock of the old's shock of the new. 

Photo: thanks.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Yaya's Bakery

Baklava, Yaya's Bakery

There are plenty of Greek baked goods for sale at Yaya's Bakery in Astoria, but it's hard to take your eyes off the baklava. The crackly crust gives way to feathery layers of phyllo that rest atop finely chopped nuts, so sticky with honey that it oozes out with the gentlest press of the fork. Try not to lick the plate afterward.
  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dive in the Park Avenue Tunnel

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel

Part of this year's Summer Streets program, Jana Winderen's sound installation "Dive" turned the Park Avenue Tunnel into a seven-block-long aural seascape. As you walked through the tunnel, the sounds of the street gave way to the sometimes eerie, sometimes silly, always transporting sounds of undersea life, recorded by hydrophones around the world, reminding you of the watery world from whence we came. 

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Samudra

Mysore rava masala dosa, Samudra

We haven't done a super scientific study (yet), but the dosas at Samudra, in Jackson Heights, are well on their way to being our favorites. Truly great was the Mysore rava masala (above), the batter dotted with chile pepper, the potato innards equally spicy. Somehow the whole thing, stayed crispy, crinkling as we tore off hunk after hunk.

Also notable was the bhel puri (below), for its bits of tomatoes and crunchy crackers. But it's the dosa that stole our hearts, and the dosa for which we'll return. Namaste. 

Bhel puri, Samudra

Idli and vada, Samudra

Pondicherry dosa, Samudra

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Walkway over the Hudson

An easy day trip from the city, Poughkeepsie doesn't have a whole lot going for it, except the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge (it's even in the Guinness Book of World Records!). The so-called Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park boasts great views as well as signs with fun facts and old photos. It's worth a stroll.    

Walkway over the Hudson

Hudson River

Mid-Hudson Bridge

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Boyhood at Hawks with Babies


What better way to introduce our son to the joys of movies than by taking him to a screening of Boyhood at Nitehawk Cinema's Hawks with Babies? This outstanding movie tells the story of a child named Mason as he grows into a young man through a series of seemingly real-time moments (the movie was shot over 12 years). Though fiction, the movie has the feel of a documentary; though about a boy, it tells a universal story of how we become ourselves, slowly and meanderingly, with dips, dings, and divets taken out by events both major and mundane.

photo: thanks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Icy and Sot at NY st.Gallery

Icy and Sot

Icy and Sot continue their tremendous run with these pieces at the hard-to-pronounce-but-cool-anyway NY st.Gallery. 

Icy and Sot


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shearwater Sail

Shearwater harbor sail

A few weeks back we took the kid on his first boat trip around Lower Manhattan on the Shearwater Classic, a boat built in 1929 that has been recognized as a national landmark. The weather, the views, the company . . . all were absolutely lovely.  

Shearwater harbor sail

Shearwater harbor sail

Shearwater harbor sail

Shearwater harbor sail

Shearwater harbor sail

Shearwater harbor sail

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

The Ai Weiwei exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is titled "According to What?" It's a feast of forms, with barbed political commentary and sharp social satire at most every turn. It's a reminder too of just how lucky we are to live in a society that, generally speaking, doesn't imprison or censor artists who speak out. 

Phases

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei, Brooklyn Museum


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Los Perros Locos

Beef dog max perfecto, Los Perros Locos

The aptly named Los Perros Locos, on the Lower East Side, serves Colombian hot dogs. What are Colombian hot dogs, you ask? They're hot dogs made by crazy people. Case in point: the mas perfecto, above, which pairs a beef dog with fried bacon cubes, quail eggs, crushed chips, apple chipotle slaw, and no fewer than five different salsas. You'll feel terrible about yourself afterwards, but while eating it, you won't feel anything but blissful and delirious. 

Mazzzzzorca, Los Perros Locos

Veggie dog no tipico, Los Perros Locos

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

SobaKoh

Hot soba, Sobakoh

SobaKoh, in the East Village, makes and cuts its own soba, or buckwheat noodles renowned for their healthy properties, at least once a day. In the interest of balance, we also ate shrimp and veggie tempura, delicately flavored but nevertheless salted and fried. A little from column A, a little from column B, and so is a very nice lunch made.  

Shrimp tempura, Sobakoh

Vegetable tempura, Sobakoh
  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kara Walker's A Subtlety at the Domino Sugar Factory

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker's installation "A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an homage to the unpaid and overworked artisans who have refined our sweet tastes from the can fields to the kitchens of the new world on the occasion of the demolition of the Domino sugar refining plant" is as massive as its name. (And the lines to get get in are almost as long.) Whereas the cut-paper silhouettes on which Walker built her reputation are remarkable for their presentation of depravity in the guise of delicacy, A Subtlety is forceful and overwhelming. But that's not to say that it's heavy-handed: the sculpted sugar has a surprising refinement (ahem), and the work is so historically layered, engaging with everything from ancient Egypt to Sidney Mintz, that it rewards numerous interpretations.

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety

Kara Walker, A Subtlety


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