intersection 04.15.14

Big and Small
Every Person in New York

Brooklyn-born artist Alan Wolfson creates amazing mini urban dioramas.

Don't assume things are much rosier in a wee world, particularly when you're in a snow globe composed by the husband-and-wife artist team of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz. (At top: detail of Pink Dream, 2009)


The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker, is the story of Truly Plaice, whom we watch grow from a "jam-smeared and epically proportioned" baby into the ample-hearted little giant of the title.


Some of you will recall the Think Big store from the '80s that featured things like oversized pencils and crayons. It's long gone, but some of their old favorites are now for sale by Great Big Stuff, along with items that summon the '80s right back, like the $3 million stack of cash (if it were legal tender).

In his NYC studio, Charles LeDray creates a world in miniature—his painstakingly hand-wrought porcelain vessels, books, buttons, or articles of clothing have a psychological resonance all out of proportion to their size—precisely the point.


Big Nick's on Broadway and 76th is gone but the legacy lives on at Big Nick's Pizza Joint, 70 W. 71st [Col/CPW], along with the sumo burger, which may be the biggest burger in town. If it's not, at over one pound of Angus beef, it's still big enough to block up any and all functional arteries.

Tiny Dollhouse, 314 E. 78th [2nd] 212.744.3719, is Leslie Edelman's store of dollhouse accessories that will help you create a home in New York that needs no board approval.

At Baked by Melissa, maximal joy from mini cupcakes.


A visit to The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl. 212.968.1961, is always rewarding, and so is a visit to their website. You can find, among other things, their Supertall Survey and a timeline of the tallest buildings from the World Building (1890) to the Burj Khalifa.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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