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Ryan McGinley’s New Photos: Walking Buck-Naked in a Winter Wonderland

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Ryan McGinley’s seventh opening at Team Gallery was just like all the others: at any given moment, there were just as many people on Grand Street as in the gallery – a fact that did not go unnoticed by the uniformed and undercover cops who rolled by to tell the mob of downtown scenesters to clear the sidewalk and bike lane.

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‘The Wolfpack Show’ Will Shame Your Silly Store-Bought Halloween Costume

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Anyone who saw The Wolfpack at Tribeca or in theaters earlier this year was completely blown away by Crystal Moselle’s documentary about a band of shut-in brothers whose parents had all but imprisoned them inside of a Lower East Side housing project. The movie, just out on DVD and also available for download, has since become a sensation, with the Angulo brothers becoming almost as huge as the Hollywood stars they impersonated in their homegrown movie recreations. Now they’re the subject of “The Wolfpack Show” at Jeffrey Deitch’s space in Soho, and anyone who’s looking for inspiration for a Halloween costume (or inspiration in general) needs to go see it.

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Books: Lit Crawl NYC at Housing Works Bookstore

Manhattan’s annual Lit Crawl, presented by PEN America and the Litquake Foundation, is going to be a hammed-up, carnivalesque celebration of bookish nerds. Hosted by graphic storyteller Mira Jacob and BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald, it promises plenty of free booze and games like Literary Pictionary and Nerd Jeopardy. It’s free and open to the public. Read more. 

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WiFi HiFis in SoHo! Sonos Store Announces Itself With This Artsy Homage

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What’s going on at 101 Greene Street? You may recognize the above scene as the work of Mark Alan Stamaty, whose frenetic renderings of NYC have graced the pages of the Village Voice (olds may remember his late-’70s Village-set comic, “McDoodle Street”), the cover of the first They Might Be Giants album, and more recently the cover of Will Hermes’s excellent account of the ’70s music scene, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire. 

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Will the New Sheen Center Be the Catholic 92nd Street Y?

Historically, arts and the Roman Catholic Church have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship. Good branding, divine inspiration – whatever you wanna call it, most will agree that the church’s patronage ranks as one of the nobler pursuits done in the name of a higher being. Today, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York continues this fine tradition with the grand opening of the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Greenwich Village.

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We Dodged the Selfie Sticks Inside of Soho’s Adult Ball Pit

Pearlfisher's hard at work (Photo: Rob Scher)

Pearlfishers hard at work (Photo: Rob Scher)

When I heard that an adult ball pit was opening in Soho, I jumped at the opportunity to cover it. And I wasn’t alone in my enthusiasm: 4,200 others booked half-hour slots in just a week. Maybe visitors to “Jump In!” really did want to awaken their inner child and channel the wealth of creative energy back into their day jobs. More likely, they envisioned a grown-up version of Chuck E. Cheese — a Charles Edward Cheese, if you will.

“I’m playing hooky from work,” admitted Kristin Ren as we took the elevator up to the fifth floor offices of Pearlfisher yesterday afternoon. Beside us stood an actual employee of the office, simply returning to work from a break void of reminisced childhood. “Yeah, it’s been fun,” semi-enthused the unnamed worker, his excitement understandably waning since his office took a turn toward a McDonald’s PlayPlace.

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La Churreria Has Closed; Guess They Weren’t Making Enough Dough

IMG_1340Well, this is a bummer. One of our favorite Spanish spots, La Churreria, has called it a day. Just a month after we got all excited about a menu makeover that brought churro cups into the mix, the three-year-old sister restaurant of neighboring Socarrat has “closed for renovations,” per a Facebook message. But don’t get it twisted, heart-shaped churro fans: the Nolita cafe isn’t coming back. An inquiry reveals the ownership will be “launching a new concept,” with details coming soon.

You can still walk down to Despaña for something close to the Spanish-style sandwiches that La Churreria served. But why did this have to happen when churros were finally going viral?

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Nolita Just Got a Pop-Up Beach With Artsy Towels and 7,000 Pounds of Sand

Welcome to Nolita Beach (photo: Tictailerooni)

Welcome to Nolita Beach (photo: Tictailerooni)

Hot damn, it’s summer in the city. In celebration, a pop-up beach just appeared for the weekend at 171 Elizabeth Street. “Nolita Beach,” reads a blue neon sign outside the tiny gallery filled with 7,000 pounds of beach sand. Appropriately draped along its walls, like a set of functional tapestries, are beach towels created by ten prominent New York designers such as Jessica Walsh and Damien Correll. The crazed brain behind this bohemian beach is Tictail, an online marketplace where designers and artists create their own stores (think a less crunchy Etsy.)

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Federico García Lorca, Back in the New York Groove

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Federico García Lorca once again achieved Poet in New York status when a mural depicting the Spanish literary lion went up in Bushwick a couple of years ago. Now he’s returned to Manhattan, where he studied at Columbia in 1929 and penned “Sleepless City: Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne.” The poem is quoted in this new mural by Spanish artist Raúl Ruiz and Brooklyn’s own Cern.

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Eduardo Sarabia Turned Mexican Narco Imagery Into Fine Art

Eduardo Sarabia, "Ballads" exhibit. (photo: Rob Scher)

Eduardo Sarabia, “Ballads” exhibit. (photo: Rob Scher)

Paper holds much value, even when it’s not green, with Franklin’s unsmiling mug on it. A recent MoMA exhibit, for instance, showed Henri Matisse’s appreciation for the potential beauty of tree pulp. Another fellow who seems to have received the memo is Mexican-based artist Eduardo Sarabia, whose most recent exhibit, “Ballads,” opens today at Other Criteria gallery in Soho.

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Awkwafina Shares Her NYC Subway Horror Stories

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“Shout outs to the drunk white girls,” exclaimed Awkwafina, gesturing toward a giggling gaggle gathered Thursday night at McNally Jackson Books in Soho. At this month’s installment of the Real Characters storytelling/reading series, the rapper turned New York City tour guide read a couple excerpts from her recently published Awkwafina’s NYC and shared some experiences from a hard-bitten life of riding the rails.

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