Best of NYC - 2016
The NYC subway system is a place of mass intersection, where people of radically diverging walks of life routinely share intimate space, if only for a stop or two. Sometimes, there are collisions between individuals, sometimes moments of connection afforded nowhere else. It’s a symbol of opportunity, challenge and exploration—that peculiar sensation of being communal and solitary at once, life in the city.
In this series, I use the visual trope of the subway to anchor my compositions, conveying the reader through each Village Voice section as a subway car ushers the traveler through each borough. The sections spell out the ultimate point of departure and arrival, New York.
N - Culture
E - Food + Specialty Markets
W - Nightlife
Y - Shops + Services
O - Recreation + Sports
R - Smart City
K - Civic life
illustrated by St Francis Elevator Ride
animated in collaboration with Alex Pilkington
A suave young man grasps the brass ring, the city looming behind him. The stripes in his tie are color-coded to the subway lines, NYC more a part of who he is than where he lives.
N - CULTURE
The New Museum honors artistic tradition without being bound to it. It’s a formal space that rejects formalism, and the building is as unconventional as its contents. To complement this misfit, I’ve added touches of two other artistic practices where NYC has been a proving ground for accomplishing the unusual: theatre and fashion.
E - FOOD + SPECIALTY MARKETS
Rather than focus on the haute cuisine of the city, I turned my eye to the everyday nourishment that sustains most people: delis, bodegas, diners and groceries. It’s a mashup of staples like pizza and bagels, nestled alongside fresh cuts from the neighborhood butcher. Everything is comforting, tasty and a little sticky.
W - NIGHTLIFE
After dark, the city melts meet cutes into a manic crush of light and sound. Every stranger’s glance is a possibility, and every cocktail is better than the last. Stars compete with neon, and music overtakes conversation.
Y - SHOPS + SERVICES
From vintage shops to high-end runway fare, retail therapy in NYC is next-level. There’s an eyebrow wax waiting on every corner, tucked between an art gallery and a spin class. When the pampering is this good, it can really go to your head.
O - RECREATION + SPORTS
Recreation is about imagination and the inverted world. The hard, angular city is literally turned upside down, allowing a child’s summertime Coney Island reverie to take center stage: a candy-colored afternoon, cheeks flush from running around to take it all in.
R - SMART CITY
The best way to set the curve is to stay ahead of it. From environmental sustainability to public art, NYC bubbles with forward-thinkers dreaming up ways to make things better.
K - CIVIC LIFE
Combining august city institutions and verdant outdoor spaces, views from the Carnegie Hall terrace and the Manhattan Municipal Building spring from Prospect Park and the High Line. Good works and good spaces meet, one of the best views of the city jutting into the foreground.