"If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote."

- David Foster Wallace (via alexandrahart)
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Iggy Pop standing behind me in line at the deli on East 10th Street and Avenue B.

Iggy Pop hanging out in front of his apartment building on Avenue B, wearing jeans and a muscle shirt.

Iggy Pop leaning down to pet my dog outside the dog run in Tompkins Square Park.

Iggy Pop calling my dog “wiggles” and stopping us every time we go by.

Iggy Pop excited to see my dog in Kims Video on Avenue A.

Duff cutting in front of me at the bar.

Jim Carroll watching Leonardo Dicaprio and Juliette Lewis film a scene from The Basketball Diaries in the East Village.

Robin Williams riding his bike into Central Park.

Richard Belzer talking to someone on Broadway on the Upper West Side, wearing a black suit and white shirt (no tie).

Matthew Modine walking down West 13th Street, wearing a black suit and white shirt (no tie).

MCA walking down Lafayette Street.

Ethan Hawke describing the novel he’s writing to his dinner companion and then grabbing a pitcher of water from the kitchen and offering to refill everyone’s water glasses at a tiny restaurant on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea.  

Johnny Ramone seeing the Reverend Horton Heat at the Limelight.

Claire Danes dancing at Ben Lee’s show in the Village, kicking her leg up until her knee is even with her ear.

John Cameron Mitchell doing a stage dive at the Breeders show at Bowery Ballroom.

Albert Hammond III seeing the Donnas at Irving Plaza.

Joey Ramone sitting two tables over at Veselka on Second Avenue, ordering orange juice and talking to CJ Ramone.

Rob Zombie cruising down St. Marks Place, standing up through the sunroof in his limo, blaring music, waving at everyone on the sidewalk.

All four members of Sonic Youth crossing Crosby Street, carrying their instruments.

Chloe Sevigny on my flight to LA, and then in the airport telling the limo driver that no, she doesn’t have any bags.

Dee Dee Ramone hanging around outside The Chelsea Hotel, smiling at everyone.

Fiona Apple watching David Blaine stand ten stories up in Bryant Park.

Ben Stiller slowing down to stare at me on University Place while I’m on the pay phone yelling at the movers who haven’t showed up yet.

Julian Casablancas walking down University Place on New Years Eve.

Josh Hartnett walking down University Place wearing long gym shorts and smirking.

Adrian Grenier running into Maggie Gyllenhaal outside the diner on University Place, saying, “We were just talking about you.”

Sarah Jessica Parker sitting in front of me at a theater in the West Village, greeting everyone around her before the play starts.

Monica Lewinski sitting next to me at the Angelica movie theater, asking if she can get me anything from the snack bar while she’s there.

Mike D sitting in front of me at the Union Square movie theater.

Marisa Tomei walking down Sixth Avenue.

John Leguizamo walking down Sixth Avenue.

Mario Cantone walking down Sixth Avenue.

Michelle Williams walking down Sixth Avenue in platform shoes.

Julianne Moore hailing a cab with her son on Sixth Avenue.

Christina Ricci eating at the noodle place on Sixth Avenue.

Cameron Diaz getting a pedicure at Think Pink Nails on Sixth Avenue.

Susan Sarandon buying mascara at CO Bigelow drugstore on Sixth Avenue. 

Sean Lennon and Bijou Phillips having brunch at French Roast on Sixth Avenue.

Wallace Shawn standing near the entrance to the West Fourth Street subway station on Sixth Avenue.

Jessica Lange walking her dog early in the morning in Washington Square Park, smiling to herself.

Patricia Clarkson walking her dog in Washington Square Park, stopping to pet my puppy.

Peter Dinklage sitting in the small dog run in Washington Square Park.

Janeane Garofalo walking her dogs down Fifth Avenue.

Ethan Hawke and pregnant Uma Thurman walking down West 10th Street.

Philip Seymour Hoffman pushing his kid in a stroller on West 10th Street.

David Bowie and Iman sitting near the bathrooms where I’m having brunch on East 10th Street; David Bowie telling me that the bathroom door isn’t locked, you just have to pull on it.

Anna Wintour waiting outside the Sunshine movie theater on Houston Street, wearing big black sunglasses and jeans.

John Turturro zipping up his pants on the subway platform at Union Square.

Tracy Morgan on Amtrak traveling from DC to NYC.

Tina Fey and her family at the beach in Fire Island.

Seth Meyers sitting one table over at Tea and Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue, smiling at the beautiful young woman who’s seated across from him.

Maggie Gyllenhaal voting at PS282 in Park Slope, her baby strapped to her chest.

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Don’t worry: No puppies were drowned in the making of Underwater Puppies. Photographer Seth Casteel says his shoots actually doubled as pool safety lessons:

So many people forget that our swimming pools, as much fun as they are, they are a danger, and they can be a danger to … our fur children. … I mean, a lot of these puppies I work with — for Underwater PuppiesI worked with over 1,500 — all it took was just a few times, putting them in the water and teaching them where the exit is, and they figured it out.

More photos (and Casteel’s interview on Morning Edition) here!


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Step Inside London’s Felt Cornershop

To view more photos and videos from Lucy’s Cornershop, explore the The Cornershop location page, browse the #thecornershop hashtag and follow @sewyoursoul on Instagram.

Look closely at a corner shop in East London and you’ll see everything is not as it seems. The Cornershop, opened in a derelict store in Bethnal Green by artist Lucy Sparrow (@sewyoursoul), is actually an art installation which consists of 4,000 items all handmade from felt! From Heinz Baked Beans to Digestive Biscuits, everything in the shop is hand-stitched and the whole shop took Lucy eight months to assemble.

“I wanted to create something that surrounded people completely,” says Lucy, whose first job was in her local corner shop. “I hope this project reminds people just how much the cornershop cements life in local communities.” The installation runs until August 31.

The attention to detail in this installation is *amazing*! -Emily

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Best baby ever. #Otis

Best baby ever. #Otis

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Playful urban design. A Baltimore bus stop that doubles as a giant typographic sculpture.

So now we know. The coolest bus stop in the world is in Baltimore. 

Source: newurbanly

"We need to stop building bad places. We don’t need to build Rome or Paris. We just need to stop building Houston."

- Eight Steps To Improve Urbanism | Streets MN, 7/26/2014 (via atlurbanist)

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Creating walkable cities is tough when we’ve built an infrastructure that discourages walking. But it’s worth it. 

Our latest post looks at the future of the walkable neighborhood.

Source: thisbigcity.net