Gritty, ungentrified New York is the stuff of myth by now, the sort of thing you might wish you'd experienced but, as New York Magazine's Mark Jacobson wrote recently, usually without any idea of what it is you really missed out on.
And Times Square is perhaps the ultimate focus of this nostalgia. So appropriately enough, next week an art installation in homage to Classic New York™ will be installed there, and it will look like a ... newsstand! Reminder: You're reading this on a screen, since print is, after all, dying, and newsstands are mostly places to buy Vitaminwater and gum. The artist, Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer, made a career out of this mythmaking. In the mid-2000s he was creative director of the skater-fashion brand Zoo York, named after a ‘70s graffiti movement.
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