You walk into your local corner store with all your favorite products on the shelves. But when you reach for that box of Ritz crackers, it’s soft to the touch…and made of felt. This is what British felt artist Lucy Sparrow’s debut US exhibition 8 ’till late: A Felt Convenience Store is like.
Situated in a storefront on Little West 12th Street behind the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel near the High Line, it looks like your neighborhood bodega with everything you could possibly need from fruits and veggies
to frozen pies and ice cream.
But here, it’s all recreated in felt.
You can even get a felt Coca-Cola from a felt Coke machine.
Mmm…pupusas…my new favorite food…
In the back room, the felt pieces are displayed as art, with an Andy Warhol-like depiction of Campell’s Soup.
The items may not be edible but you can purchase them. Prices are a bit steep, but I couldn’t resist taking home this package of one of my favorite childhood candies, Skittles.
This exhibition has been here since June 5 and will be ending next Friday, June 30, so get there while you can. There may be a line but it went quickly when we visited. The exhibit is free to attend, but the felt pieces are for purchase and prices vary.
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Tagged 8 'till late, art, bodega, convenience store, felt, felt artist, High Line, Little West 12th Street, Lucy Sparrow, Meatpacking, Standard
The Whitney Museum made a smart move to the highly trafficked High Line in the popular Meatpacking District. While it was a great idea to draw more crowds, I have to say I prefer the old building and space. Why? Not sure. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it? Having said that, the museum still has the same great art and many more acquisitions. The good news is while there is a line to get in, it is short and moves fast. It’s very efficient–others could learn from its example of how to keep a line moving. Inside, there’s a small gift shop area near the ticket line. Once through the ticket line, take an elevator up to view the art–if you’re lucky, you’ll get to ride the huge freight elevator with a horde of other art lovers wondering how much weight this elevator can hold. On the top floor, step out on the balcony for great views of the city. The museum is also right on the High Line, so you can stroll through after your museum tour.
Now–for the foodies. The Whitney has a Danny Meyer restaurant, Untitled. Besides Untitled, foodies may want to visit just to see Wayne Thiebaud’s cakes. While the museum has a number of his works, only one is on view, Pie Counter.
Nothing like a stroll on the High Line to end the holiday weekend. And some delicious gelato!
July is National Ice Cream Month. In honor of my favorite creamy sweet treat, I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.
L’Arte del Gelato is my favorite gelato in the city. Now, the original shop is named Dolce Gelateria, and the locations in Chelsea Market, the High Line and Lincoln Center Plaza are still named L’Arte del Gelato. I love many of the flavors here. On a recent trip to the High Line, I got strawberry gelato and frutti di bosco sorbet.
Verdict: Still my favorite gelato in the city. Both flavors are delish, but the sorbet was the standout.