Attending a free concert or hitting the beach this weekend? Check out a few of our favorite longform stories from the past month while the band and crew set up on stage, or as you roll along on that looong train trip out to the Rockaways.
1. The Old-School Saint of Nouveau Bushwick
Bushwick Collective founder Joseph Ficalora is adorning Bushwick, one wall at a time. Photo: Aaron Adler for Narratively
You might have assumed it was all those newcomer hispters behind Bushwick’s burgeoning outdoor museum of street art, but you’d be wrong. The founder of the Bushwick Collective is a lifelong Brooklynite who hopes to beautify his neighborhood by curating street art, one wall at a time.
2. This New Public Art Project Would Like You to Push Its Buttons
The co-founders of The Poetry Society of New York have found a new way to share some of the city’s eight million stories. Photo: PSNY
But wait—there’s even more public art to get excited about. Inspired by the Play Me, I’m Yours street-piano project, the co-founders of The Poetry Society of New York have joined forces with Governors Island to create the Typewriter Project, hoping to prove to people that they’re poets, even if they might not know it.
3. New York’s Mysterious Link to Pompei
Their origins are uncertain, but these possible Pompeian relics that enshrine Delmonico’s were installed after New York’s Great Fire of 1835, raising some interesting questions about where they may have come from.
4. One Day You Could Walk to Governors Island
When artist Nancy Nowacek realized that the distance from Red Hook to Governors Island was just about four city blocks, she decided to create a footbridge to the island. By hand.
5. Bernie Goetz, Squirrel Vigilante (more…)