Seen & Heard: Flashlarp!

••• The sales office for the Cast Iron House building has left 68 Thomas, and a stop-work order from the Department of Buildings says works is being done inside with no permit. (The order also calls the space a restaurant, which would be news to me.)

••• Here’s this year’s Summer Streets info.

••• This truck carrying huge concrete-ish panels parked outside my building the other day (in a bus stop, for a couple of hours…), and I can’t figure out which building they’re for. They don’t look like 30 Warren or 130 William. UPDATE: “The concrete panels are for a non-windowed side of 25 Park Row,” says GA, directing us to this page on YIMBY.

••• A “flashlarp” will be help at Church Street School for Music and Art on Tuesday. (More info.) Larp, I just learned, stands for live action role-playing game. I could totally get into re-enacting the movie Clue—but only if I can be Mrs. White.

••• Eightyfranklin appears to be a new gallery, founded by Alex Scheiner, at 80 Franklin.

••• There’s a lot of David Wojnarowicz’s art that doesn’t appeal to me, but then there are pieces that cut to the bone—and they’re definitely enough to make the Whitney retrospective worthwhile. The last piece here, “Untitled (Hujar Dead),” left me in angry tears. That is writing.



  1. So is Cast Iron House turning into rentals? Acris has an assignment of Leases and Rents filed as of June 28 of this year. James, can you explain?

  2. Ronald Reagan ignored an epidemic that was killing tens, then hundreds of thousands of Americans. That still shocks me. People like Wojnarowicz were the lone voices speaking out, in outrage, during those terrible days.

    Now we have another Republican monster spewing hate from The White House. I hope we’ll have another generation of artists willing to make their voices heard in protest.

  3. Wojnarowicz was a fierce and consistent voice during a time that ignorance coupled with acute desperation were battling each other. Reagan had his already compromised intelligence in the clouds and AIDS casualties were paying the price. Our closeted gay mayor wasn’t much help either.
    This is activism art at its finest and a powerful tools then and now. I’m not sure one is supposed to find Wojnarowicz’s art appealing but he was relentless and in our faces and he deserves this show at The Whitney.