Seen & Heard: Design Icons That Were Initially Mocked

••• There are shoot flyers for “Boots” “Boss” posted on Church for Monday and Warren/W. Broadway for Tuesday. The only thing I can find is a short film by Alex Wolff (whom your kids might know from “The Naked Brothers Band“): “A teenager recounts a terrible night in the city where he ends up drunk and unhappy at a 24 hour diner. There, he has an encounter with a sweet, inviting family that leaves him feeling a little less lonely.” UPDATE 8/22: First, I don’t know how I changed “Boss” to “Boots.” Second, while Wolff is working on (or has worked on) a short called “Boots,” the shoot happening here next week is for “Boss,” a Universal TV show (as per the second flyer below). All I can find online is a (canceled) show starring Kelsey Grammer from a few years ago.

BootsBoss••• Suzanne Vega is playing City Winery on Nov. 21. I’ve probably posted the video before, but I love this song about Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner.

••• Opening Sept. 8 at R & Company: “Difficult, curated by Jim Walrod. The exhibition is the first to explore some of the less-than-laudatory initial responses—ranging from bemusement to confusion to mockery to outright scandal and disgust—to works that have since become icons of 20th-century design.” The release doesn’t include credits for the photo below, but it appears to be Masanori Umeda for Memphis.

••• From the New York City Rescue Mission: “We’re having a clothing crisis at the Mission. The demand has been so great and we are depleting the supply in our Clothing Closet. Help us fill our shelves by holding a clothing drive at your workplace, or gather your friends, family members and colleagues to collect new or gently used items. Helpful clothing items include: New socks and underwear; jeans and shirts for everyday wear; professional clothing for work and/or interviews. All sizes, for both men and women, are a huge help. Gifting clean, quality clothing restores dignity to someone in need. Please bring your items by the Mission or contact us to schedule a pick-up! 212-226-6214.”

••• I contacted the MTA via its website about the Chambers/Church stench, and I got a vague form reply, so I filed another complaint (half about the stench, half about the reply). The response this time still felt like a form, but at  least it sort of applied to the problem. In any event, I think we may have to ask Councilmember Margaret Chin’s office to lean on someone.

We regret the conditions you encountered while using our subway system. Please be assured that customer safety is New York City Transit’s highest priority. In response to your complaint, we are referring your e-mail to supervision in our Department of Subways for review and investigation. Be assured that they will take this opportunity inspect the location indicated in your e-mail and correct the conditions you reported. We take the concerns of our customers very seriously and thank you for having taken the time to bring this matter to our attention.