- In honor of yesterday’s record-breaking inferno, this map shows in what month the average hottest day falls across the country. [CityLab]
- A new quinoa restaurant in San Francisco is almost fully automated. Will the trend come to New York and be the reincarnation of the automat? [NYT]
- Board game store called the Geekery coming to Astoria. [DNAinfo]
- These aerial images from Pentagram show the 100-foot-wide letters that spell “Rockaway Beach” on the boardwalk. [Fast Co. Design]
- 100 GATES, the public art project on the Lower East Side that livens up metal gates, will host a gallery show this Saturday. [Bowery Boogie]
Images: Sunbathers in Tompkins Square Park (L); Aerial view of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk via Albert Vecerka/Esto (R)
Natalie Raben spends her days thinking about closing time, specifically the gates businesses roll down when they lock up for the night. For Natalie, these metal gates represent blank canvases waiting to tell stories. And over the last several months, she has been focusing on turning them into works of art as she oversees and manages the 100 GATES Project.
Natalie spends much of her time connecting interested businesses with artists to support a collaboration that creates a sense of community each evening. With a mixture of well-known artists like Buff Monster and up-and-comers making their debut, these once-bland metallic gates are livening up the area, engaging residents visually as well as inspiring conversations around the works themselves. So far over 40 gates have been completed and more will be finished later this month.
We recently spoke with Natalie to learn more about this unique project and how the neighborhood is responding to it.
Read our interview with Natalie here