The new commissioned “Choose Not To” street art mural at Rag & Bone’s flagship store in New York’s Lower East Side is by acclaimed artist Joe Wardwell. The painting consists entirely of words in the phrase “Choose to believe or not to believe” loudly painted in all caps. We continue to be impressed by the variety, curation and frequency of art Rag & Bone is commissioning for their space. Keep it up, dudes.
During production of the Alfonso Cuaron’s current hit feature film “Gravity,” Jonas Cuaron, Alfonso’s son and co-writer, shot a short companion film titled “Aningaaq.” If you’ve seen “Gravity” then you’ll soon figure out the connection between the short and the feature and find the answer to a small mystery in the latter. Any further explanation would be a spoiler. If have not seen “Gravity,” the short companion movie is a beautiful stand-alone piece if filmmaking in its own right and worth a view.
One of our colleagues recently returned to New York after another quick trip to Japan and brought us these yummy Japanese Kit Kat chocolate cookie bars. These Kit Kats are exclusive to the Japanese market, as far as we know. One, as the English on the label states, is a “strawberry cheese cake” version. But the one that really caught our eye and taste buds is the wasabi-flavored Kit Kat bar and its packaging replete with green wasabi icons.
Pulino’s on the Bowery is our downtown go-to weekend spot for Italian-style brunches in New York City. The food and atmosphere are great. And its location at the corner of Bowery and Houston streets means it’s in a prime spot for taking a break during our usual weekly art circuit and close to the action. The Deitch Wall is across the street. The New Museum is a block away, as is Rag & Bone, Banksy’s recent “Grim Reaper” installation, and a few other often-changing commissioned street art spaces. A dozen or so of the nearly 100 galleries now in the Lower East Side are two or three minutes away on foot. Like so many restaurants these days, Pulinos delivers its check to your table with a postcard, which we love.