The Bruce High Quality Foundation is an anonymous collective–all members seem to be named Bruce, coincidentally–with a made-up past (their fictitious founder, Bruce High Quality, died on the attacks of September 11) and a mischievous sense of humor about creating public art spectacles. Their extremely loose, populist contemporary art survey The Brucennial, on display every two years to coincide with the Whitney’s heavily-moneyed Biennial, is always one of my favorite exhibitions of whatever year it happens to fall on. And now the Bruces have their own show at the Brooklyn Museum, titled Ode to Joy, 2001 – 2013, and promising to bring “less than 17,000″ of their greatest hits to a much larger public than anything else they’ve done before. (more…)
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que routinely finds its way onto a fair number of Best NYC BBQ lists, but though the massive Harlem restaurant has been open since 2005, tales of long lines and epic waits always kept me away. The Dino BBQ family keeps growing however, so when a new outpost opened on a semi-sleepy stretch of Gowanus (bordering Park Slope) in June, I figured now’s my chance to check out Dino’s much-loved ribs, before everyone in else in Brooklyn gets the same idea. Yeah, too late. When my party of three arrived at 6:00 on opening-weekend Saturday, we were greeted with a warm smile and a promise of a ”60- to 70- minute wait” for a table. But because it was an exceptionally pleasant early-summer’s evening, we joined the throngs on the sidewalk. And, in the end (it was actually only like 45 minutes), were glad we did. (more…)
I am a Founding Member of NYC’s massively ambitious and, so far, hugely successful bike share program, which basically just means that I plunked down my $95 for an annual membership the first day it became available. My first trip on a Citi Bike–Citibank kicked in $41 million to have their logo plastered all over everywhere, and it doesn’t matter what I think about that–was on opening day, Monday, May 27, and I’ve since taken dozens of trips lasting from several blocks to several miles. In other words, I am have been an active, frequent participant in the program since day one, and all my opinions in this post are based upon direct experience. (more…)
Phone battery dead (again)? Need a quick 10% (or more) to send those texts/read those emails/browse those tumblrs? This summer, if you’re in one of a dozen NYC parks located in all five boroughs, the excellent new Street Charge stations have got you covered. Street Charge is a marketing program which we all can get behind: basically, the telecommunications giant, partnered with Goal Zero, has installed some 25 ingeniously designed solar powered charging stations in public parks and plazas all over town. And they’re all totally free! Just plug in your phone or tablet and watch that green bar grow. (more…)
Have you ever come home super late at night to your (non-doorman) NYC apartment and realized that somewhere along the way you seem to have misplaced your keys? And your realize that you never got around to making a copy to give to your super, or your neighbor, and even if you had, well… maybe they’re away, or just don’t want to deal with you at 3:30 in the morning? And so the only option you have, the only way you’re getting inside your home with its nice, comfortable bed, is to call one of those 24-hour locksmiths and rack up a small fortune–it’s a least $150–on your credit card? Well, I have. And it’s the worst. (more…)
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