The reason there’s free minigolf and sculptural works you can play in all summer long at Governors Island can be traced to FIGMENT, a completely volunteer-run, participatory, free art festival for adults and kids that runs this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. This year the minigolf course includes a hole from last year fashioned out of an oversized fly swatter and one inspired by Pachinko, and the sculpture garden features interactive works like a wooden TV that you can step inside and broadcast your own imaginary shows. Those two elements of the festival will stay on the island through September, but there are many fleeting events you can only take part in this weekend, all designed to spark the kind of fun and wonder you experienced effortlessly as a kid. Check out the full list of projects; directions are here.
“Sometimes you mess up the pancake and you have to make a new pancake.” Sandra Allen, deputy features editor at BuzzFeed, cracked this joke at Indie Media Camp in relation to stories that don’t become the “hits” you expect them to be, but she may as well have been speaking about the entire business of […]
I’ve hosted Thanksgiving nine times over the past 10 years, and it’s something I love to do. Gathering around a table with a mix of old friends and new faces and then watching the whole thing (d)evolve into a drunken dance party is my favorite thing. It’s always been a team effort, with lots of […]
Ah, Thanksgiving, a magical holiday that gathers friends and family around a table filled with flowers, candles, food and an obscene amount of wine. Whether you’re hosting a traditional Thanksgiving, or a Friendsgiving before you head to the family homestead, coordinating a big dinner can be hard work, and unexpected issues can crop up before, in […]
The day after Thanksgiving isn’t actually a holiday for most people, but between the turkey hangover, the hangover hangover, and the sheer number of people who are either traveling, shopping or just plain ditching work, it might just be the least productive non-holiday day of the year. So embrace that, and whether you’re with family, […]