I’ve written posts about the crazy outdoor art installations that pop up throughout the summer. There were giant statues in the shape of famous photos, a bunch of painted pianos scattered around town and a group of models strolling on top of a big, wooden cube. But this last one is just plain crazy.
The fun folk at MacroSea have elevated the term dumpster-diving to a new art form. As part of the Summer Streets festival, they have taken clean, unused shipping containers and transformed them into swimming pools. Now, that’s recycling.
They’re set up on weekends at 40th Street and Park Avenue. MacroSea mounted an underground, unannounced version of this last year in Brooklyn and the response was so positive that they brought it to Manhattan this summer.
The area around the containers is lined with beach chairs and they have hula-hoops on hand. It’s a real festive atmosphere and there aren’t any drunken idiots there to ruin it for everyone.
Each container has a deck and a lifeguard. Swimming is free! That’s the best part of these outdoor installations. You don’t pay a cent. Wristbands are handed out on a first come/first served basis. There’s a time limit so that everyone gets a turn. That’s Grand Central Station in the background. It’s been an insanely hot, dry summer and this is just the thing for parched city dwellers who can’t escape.
I’m not one of these old school New Yorkers who bitch and moan about how the city had been sanitized and Disney-fied and robbed of its soul. I remember the dark years when it was quite dangerous to walk the streets and parks after dark and, believe me, this is much better. But I think they may have finally crossed a line.
They just opened a Pop Tarts Store in Times Square. A fucking Pop Tarts Store?! It’s called Pop Tarts World. Criminy! This is on the heels of the M&Ms Store and the Hershey’s Chocolate Store, which I kind of get, but I don’t feel good about this one.
It’s finally too much for me. Do we need a place that sells specialty Pop Tarts? Nay. I disapprove. Please take it away.