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Jeff Koons on His Dream Choo Choo and That Time Lady Gaga ‘Kind of Went Down’ On Him

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“Cat on a Clothesline (Red)” Jeff Koons at FLAG Art Foundation

Last week, when Jeff Koons spoke about an unrealized pet project of his– a giant, actual crane holding up a replica of a “choo choo train”– and casually estimated that it would cost somewhere around $25 million to $50 million to produce, I couldn’t help LOL’ing.

“I never think about failure,” Koons told the crowd at FLAG, where several of his sculptural pieces are on view through May 14 as part of Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray“I let things resonate and when I’m ready to make a gesture, I just do it.”

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Jeff Koons CVS Grand Opening

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

(Photo by Kavitha Surana)

If you thought the biggest, most luxurious CVS in the world had opened up when their glowing red sign appeared on the facade of the New School’s fancy new behemoth, then whoa buddy prepare yourselves for this one. The CVS, which we’ve been anticipating for a while now, is finally close to opening inside the “Death Star” building (or as the owners prefer, a “trophy office tower,” sigh) and will likely be the toniest drug store in the whole wide world when it does.

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Jeff Koons Balloon Bunny Bout to Make Fanciest Drug Store this Side of Heaven

Photo by Kavitha Surana

Photo by Kavitha Surana

As construction around Astor Place continues to make things noisy and horrible around Cooper Square — for real though, navigating those sidewalks is beginning to feel a little bit like a game of minefield —  there’s a little pocket of weird opening up this Sunday that hints toward a strange future for the area.

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Locals Worry About Brant Foundation’s Swank Parties at Walter de Maria Studio

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

“Very small luncheons” have been hosted all this week at 421 6th Street, according to two doormen in suits and ties who materialized through the ambiguous metal doors of the historic building Wednesday afternoon. The former Con Edison substation between Avenue A and First Avenue has come a long way from its humble roots and will host a private event Friday called “Experience Dom Perignon Kingdom,” where the champagne brand will unveil its 2004 Rose Vintage. While all this may sound very fancy for the East Village, on the 7th Street side of the lot a less-then-chic CAT generator has been chugging away for days (presumably to power said luncheons), and some locals expressed their frustration with the noise at the Community Board 3 meeting Wednesday night.

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Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga Teamed Up For an ArtRave at the Navy Yard

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

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(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

(Photos: Lindsay MaHarry)

While you were sleeping last night, Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons were throwing an “artRave” involving an eight-foot-tall sculpture of naked Gaga modeled after the cover of her new album ARTPOP. Boats were involved, people were excited.

We left midtown and headed down the East River to an undisclosed location later revealed to be the Brooklyn Navy Yards. By the time we docked (and filed out at an excruciating pace) we were steeped in complimentary cider and gender-indifferent eyeliner.
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