leisure 06.15.11

Hump Day
Walking Off the Big Apple

TIME Announces New Version Of Magazine Aimed At Adults

Creepy puppets, confident-yet-talent-lorn singers,
and cable access farragoes are the mainstay of the
Cringevision channel on YouTube.

My Daguerreotype Boyfriend is where
'early photography meets extreme hotness.'

We can't take our eyes off the Flight of Birds House
by Bernardo Rodrigues, in the Azores.

The United States of Shame maps our end-of-empire issues state-by-state. See which state has the worst credit score, the most bestiality, the poorest health, and the largest homeless population.

Endangered Gardens is the part of the Historic Gardens Foundation site that tracks some of the world's great gardens (and parks) that are threatened by neglect, bulldozer, or vandals.

Katie Alves uses movie scenes, seasons, holidays,
and outer space as inspiration for her striking Makeup Art.

Veering from amusing to the macabre, two sites of medical history:
The Quack Doctor, which features the bogus "therapeutic" potions
that have been peddled, probably since the beginning of time.
And The Chirurgeon's Apprentice, "dedicated to the horrors of pre-anesthetic surgery." Have fun!

Courtesy of Swedish artist Erik Johansson,
a terrific illusion in Stockholm's Sergels torg.

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

Just Looking: How to Visit SoHo Without Really Shopping

New York's fashionable SoHo is so famously packed with shoppers, especially on the weekend, that it's a wonder there's anything to do there except shop. Groups of shoppers stand on street corners to plot their next strategic move, carefully weighing the virtues of the next store based on variables of proximity, price, and trends. People line up outside the Apple Store on Greene and Prince, often long before the doors open, ready to snap up the new gadget. Along the fashion-intensive blocks of Broadway and at intersections of cross streets, especially at Prince and Spring Streets, so many shoppers clog the sidewalks that it's often difficult to pass through. Many locals put off errands until Monday.

Believe it or not, there's more to SoHo than frenzied shopping. First of all, there's the idea of slow shopping. This activity, best reserved for a weekday, allows the pleasure of visiting favorite stores while enjoying the historic district's beautiful cast iron buildings and the Belgian paving blocks - don't call them cobblestones - that line the streets. And though SoHo has lost much of its star art power to Chelsea, arts-minded visitors should take in the public art such as Richard Haas's 1975 Facade Mural at 112 Prince Street or Françoise Schein's 1986 Subway Map - Floating on a New York Sidewalk, underfoot at 110 Greene Street, in addition to stops at Artists Space, the Swiss Institute, the Drawing Center, and Ron Feldman Gallery. See that 5-story cast-iron building under wraps at Spring and Mercer? That's the residence and studio of artist Donald Judd (1928-1994), maintained by the Judd Foundation and now undergoing a major restoration. [Continued]


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