Art in Odd Places

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Photograph: Paul Notzgold
Art in Odd Places
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Responsible for thousands of only-in–New York moments, this annual fest brings dozens of artworks to 14th Street for about a week. This year’s theme is “free,” focused on the contrast between old New York, which used to be far more dangerous but more accessible in price, and the rising prices of today’s NYC life due to real-estate hikes and fancier (and safer) streets. Artists raise the question: Is the rise in the cost of living killing creativity? Explore their inquiries and bring your camera. Various locations on 14th St between Ave C and Hudson River. Visit artinoddplaces.org for a full list of projects.

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Papi

I went today, the last day, but nearly all of the artists had already discontinued their installations. I did find a trio of performers in Washington Square Park. Two of them were really good--interacting with the crowd, describing their projects and engaging passersby. The third guy was only focused on one pretty girl the whole 15 minutes I was there. I saw probably six to eight people attempt to peer into the box he was holding. He ignored them and "blocked" them from participating/looking while he "described" the project to the female. His behavior was rude and lewd and disheartening. But, I did enjoy the other two performers greatly and I did enjoy the few projects (three) that I could find.