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.
Before we know it summer’s going to come to a close and it’s going to be too cold to go out. Netflix and hot toddies in our bathrobes are going to replace our nights out bar hopping and seeing live bands, and we’re gonna whine about not having enough heat in our apartments. But until […]
Between the Bike Cult Show—Brooklyn Bike Jumble’s annual exhibition of hand-built bicycles—coming up in Queens a couple weeks from now and the Bicyclists’ Ball being put on by Transportation Alternatives on Aug. 14, we’re definitely in a two-wheeled state of mind. Even without these upcoming events, summer in general is a busy time for cycling, […]
A cold, creamy beer float is sophisticated enough to banish the spring break swim-up bar stigma that’s dogged icy alcoholic drinks for years. I went to college down South, and when it was hot (which was most of the time), my roommates and I used to make pitchers of mudslides from store-bought T.G.I.Friday’s mix, drink […]
“I don’t believe in an interventionist God/But I know darling that you do.” Those are the opening lyrics to the song “Into My Arms,” which was my early introduction to the music of the legendary Australian band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds–albeit through a now-forgotten Bill Pullman-Ben Stiller movie called Zero Effect from 1998. […]