If you’ve ever been out to the California desert for a sound bath at the Integratron, you know it’s filled with wacky art: at the Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum you can see a tower of toilet bowls and other wacky installations that Noah Purifoy– an “outsider” artist in the literal sense of the word– installed in the middle of nowhere over the course of 15 years. The 10 acres that were his canvas resemble a demented, decaying miniature golf course, or a Burning Man camp from years ago that never got burned.
A site on the Williamsburg waterfront that was due to get a Trader Joe’s is now being quietly shopped around. [The Real Deal]
A man was found dead of a suspected overdose in a bathroom at Ludlow House. [NY Post]
Maybe not the best time to observe, “A bathroom is just a place to pee and occasionally do drugs in.” [Brokelyn]
Between London’s Wagamama, which opened on 26th Street in November, and L.A.’s Sugarfish, which opened on 20th Street around the same time, the Flatiron has seen an influx of cult sushi imports. You can add another one to the list: Another UK brand, YO!, is set to bring its conveyor-belt sushi to the suddenly happening hood next month.
There are certain types of soft-serve ice cream that rarely exist outside of their natural habitats: Just try finding gold-leaf soft-serve outside of Kanazawa, Japan, for instance. One of those soft-serve rarities is Dole Whip, a mid-’80s invention of the Dole Food Company that first appeared at Disneyland, where devotees continue to queue up for it at Adventureland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Seriously, here’s a typical line there.
After a price hike, dinner for two at acclaimed Williamsburg spot Semilla is about $100 more expensive than it was two years ago. [Eater]
John Zorn is lending his curatorial talents to Russ & Daughters Cafe. [Bowery Boogie]
A “Muslims Are People Too” mural has appeared on Canal Street. [Bowery Boogie]
A couple of days ago we issued an all-points SMH over the fact that hypebeasts were lining up to cop a Supreme-branded Metrocard. Turns out we weren’t the only ones shaking our damn heads at people selling them for $100 on eBay. Malkam Saunds, a Lower East Side denizen who also spotted people lined up at MTA vending machines like they were methadone clinics, decided to create a t-shirt making his feelings known.
New York plans to blow up parts of Greenpoint’s Kosciuszko Bridge this summer, to make way for a new one. [Brooklyn Paper]
The Levee’s new mural features Putin taking off his Trump mask. [Brokelyn]
A Bushwick man pled his innocence in court after being linked to two killings that are over a decade old. [DNAinfo]
Laetitia Tamko, the “one-woman empire” that is musical act Vagabon, prefers being on tour to practicing in her Bushwick studio. For her, the road feels more like home. The 24-year-old fresh face began recording and producing music as Vagabon in 2014 while studying engineering at CUNY, spending most weekend nights working late at the library. At least that’s what she told her parents, while sneaking off to play gigs throughout the city. Tamko didn’t want a “real job,” despite her parents’ failed attempts to push her into a career in engineering. Brooklyn’s underground music scene had pulled her in. “It can be hard, but it’s also all I see myself doing,” she says.
There’s currently a news van parked outside of the Supreme store, where 80 people are lined up literally around the block. While the usual hypebeasts wait in the cold to score the new Obama hoodie, Supreme aficionados have also been pouring into the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, a couple blocks away, in order to snatch up the Supreme-branded Metrocard, which dropped Monday.